US Deacon Jack Sullivan --- American Deacon Jack Sullivan, who reported healing from a crippling spinal condition through the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, will read the Gospel and serve as a deacon when Pope Benedict XVI

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The Vatican will fast-track its investigations of clerical sexual abuse cases and extend the statute of limitations by a decadeAnd for the first time, a priest may be defrocked through an "extra-judicial decree" - effectively, without a hearing.The updated

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The Vatican has labelled the ordination of women  among the "most serious crimes" and a "crime against the faith".In an update to disciplinary rules released by the Vatican this week, cases of "attempted ordination of women" will now be handled by the

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Tony Abbott --- Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says his leadership would offer the youth of Australia "an opportunity to re-engage with the fundamental views of our society". "Young people are dismissive of these values we are founded

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Perth St Mary’s Cathedral architect Peter Quinn said winning the George Temple Poole award was “a great honour” and a “wonderful climax” in his career because the Cathedral is such a “major iconic public building”.

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Having resigned as prime minister, Kevin Rudd had the good grace to turn up to question time, taking his place on the backbench. His family departed the Lodge in good time, writes Frank Brennan. After a beach holiday, he returned to his electorate and got

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Following on from the Predator science fiction series, which began in 1987, this third film attempts to offer a more sophisticated version of sci-fi action-adventure.  The principle behind the Predator series is important. The Predator

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Last week the Vatican announced that Raphael’s cartoons and tapestries for the Sistine Chapel will be exhibited at the V & A museum in London during the Pope's visit to Britain in September. Depicting the Acts of St Peter and St

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On Christmas Eve, 2002, Sydney solicitor John Ellis received a letter from the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell. It was about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Aidan Duggan of the Bass Hill parish, some 35 years before. The

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Catholic educators have invited all MPs on the campaign trail to visit their schools, in a bid to secure funding after the upcoming federal election.An AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald quotes the Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of

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Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby has described the archdiocese's Pray 2010 as "a success beyond all expectations" and "the best retreat" he has ever made."During the three days of gathering, a constant stream of people approached me to congratulate myself

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The celebrant and congregation came decked in Orange --- A priest in the Netherlands has been suspended for holding a special orange-themed mass in support of the national football team before the World Cup final between his country and

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"Did you ever meet Pope John Paul?" Father Stan Fortuna was asked at Pray 2010 following one of his morning keynote addresses, when we heard him speak with admiration of his "hero" and "mentor". Before you can say

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Lutheran bishop Maria Jensen --- Maria Jepsen, the world's first woman Lutheran bishop, has resigned after accusations of abuse in her Hamburg diocese. Bishop Jepsen, 65, came under fire for bungling the case of a pastor accused of

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Father Federico Lobardi --- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Church must respect local laws when handling child abuse cases. The Holy See's updated rules regarding handling child sex abuse "represent an

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An editorial last week in The New York Times called upon Pope Benedict XVI to make the American bishops’ “zero tolerance” approach to sexual abuse binding on the worldwide Catholic church. In principle that’s a perfectly

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Pray 2010 has been hailed as an outstanding success. Its website features a broad range of photos of the event, an online resource centre, a multi-media video and one by Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby.

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Massive membership, popular music and an upbeat message may be the future of the church, but according to social researcher Marion Maddox at Macquarie University, it comes at a price of increased materialism and male-dominated leadership. Female

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The abbey in Oberbayern, Germany --- The Benedictine Abbey of the Missionaries of St Ottilien, in Oberbayern, Bavaria, has begun building a biogas plant which will enable the community to produce its own electricity and sell power to the

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The breakaway "St Mary's in Exile" community in Brisbane reportledly drew 240 parishioners on a Sunday, compared to just 45 at the original St Mary's parish. The Sun-Herald newspaper said it "dropped in unannounced at the 9am services on a recent Sunday" at

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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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