In a restriction described by a New Zealand party leader as "political correctness gone mad", Kiwi prison authorities have banned the taking of communion wine into prison, saying that they have no legal discretion to grant an exemption. NZ

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A Perth man whose brother, Fr Nguyen Van Ly, was recently sentenced by a Vietnamese court to eight years for political activities, says that the dissident priest has converted many people to Catholicism, including prisoners and guards, during his many

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UFO buffs are claiming that a strange light spotted in a Polish tourist's photo of St Peter's Basilica in Rome may in fact be a "UFO craft". The UFO Digest reports that it received a photo of the Vatican from a Polish website showing a bright

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Easter is one of the times when even nominal Christians like to celebrate, but many are perplexed by hearing, all over again, stories that strain their faith. And that raises more general questions about Christianity, including questions about the

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Freedom Park is just one of a half-dozen squatter camps that are home to 100,000 people near South Africa's border with Botswana. They sit in the shadow of platinum mines, which rely on migrant labour. The men come for contracts of a year or two, and

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"Nothing positive comes from Iraq", Pope Benedict lamented in his Easter message while Australian churches filled in what Sydney Cardinal George Pell earlier attributed to a post 9/11 religious reaction. BBC News reports that in a live

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A leading Vinnies volunteer who is a non-Catholic is suing the Society for religious discrimination after it advised her to either become a Catholic, resign her elected position, or leave the Society. The Australian reports that the Society may be

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Warning that moves to promote a centralised national curriculum for schools risk enshrining "faddism" and placing decision making in the hands of Canberra "boffins", Adelaide Bishop Greg O'Kelly has called for schools to be consulted

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Flying less and planting more trees are not enough to avoid a devastating environmental catastrophe, Edinburgh Cardinal Keith O'Brien is warning. BBC News reports that in his Easter message Scotland's most senior Catholic has urged people to take a

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Malawi's Catholic justice commission has joined other NGOs in a legal bid to block Australian mining company Paladin from opening a controversial uranium mine because an environmental impact assessment allegedly fails to address mining effects on local

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Western Australia's Rockingham parish priest, Fr Finbarr Walsh, has expelled a self-styled visionary who has a "weeping" statue of the Virgin and is reputed to have Christ's wounds, saying that the apparitions, wounds, and statues' tears may be

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Unfortunately, because feminism has become so inextricably linked to evils like abortion, divorce, promiscuity, the destruction of the traditional family and even the destruction of our sense of ourselves as male and female, many Christians take a

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It was a sight that was totally unexpected for a group of Singapore Catholics holidaying in Cambodia recently. The group was taking a leisurely boat ride down the Siem Reap River when one of them spotted a wooden cross on top of a wooden structure from

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As the Pax Christi peace movement calls for prayer and action for Zimbabwe, a local political analyst says that a pastoral letter by the country's bishops calling for the removal of the Mugabe regime may help end the crisis. John Makumbe, a Zimbabwean

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The Spanish Church is in uproar over the closure by Cardinal Antonio Rouca Varela of a Madrid parish run by three priests who celebrate Mass wearing plain clothes and with biscuits for children instead of the traditional communion wafer. However, the

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After a career spanning more than 50 years, the Australian Catholic University has awarded acclaimed Indigenous performer Jimmy Little an honorary doctorate. An ACU National statement says that the University will give Mr Little its highest honour,

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Melbourne's exclusive Xavier College has expelled one student and suspended three others over their alleged sale and purchase of marijuana but critics say the school should have reported the matter to police. The Herald-Sun reports that two of the

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Nearly 500 years after it was written, a manual on magic and the power of numbers written by Leonardo Da Vinci's best friend and teacher, Franciscan monk Luca Pacioli, has finally been translated into English. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the

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American Sr Sheila Salmon will go to jail later this month after being convicted of trespassing at the site of the notorious former School of the Americas whose graduates tortured and killed scores of people including four US church women. "I'm

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The incredulity of Thomas and his following profession of faith - "My Lord and my God!" - are at the centre of the message that Benedict XVI addressed to the world on Easter Sunday. But little or nothing of this proclamation of the risen

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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