French architect Matthieu Lehanneur has converted the choir at St Hilaire church in Melle in the Deux-Sèvres department in France, to create a topographic, geological feeling. To reinforce that the church was built there, the Romanesque building has

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Sinclair Lewis once wrote an important American novel about an ordinary American town – what better than to call it Main Street?  This is not a version of Lewis’ novel, but it is in his spirit. For 2011, this seems an extraordinarily

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Families who choose a Catholic education will spend close to $250,000 in the 13 years of schooling, according to a new study reported by the Sunday Telegraph. Figures from the Australian Scholarships Group show the cost of educating a baby born in 2011 in

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Cardinal George Pell --- Cardinal George Pell said the early retirement of Toowoomba's Bishop William Morris is "a tragedy" but added that Rome had been "very patient" with the bishop for more than a decade, in an interview with the Catholic News

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Screenshot from the Sydney Morning Herald report --- A billboard carrying the slogan ''Jesus: a prophet of Islam'' has been vandalised one day after it was posted on one of Sydney's busiest roads, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The billboard is one

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The man in charge of Australia's national curriculum has warned that any moves to axe religion classes could drive parents out of the public system and into private schools, said a report from Sunday Age in the Sydney Morning Herald. Professor Barry McGaw,

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A Church committee investigating the future of the struggling Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese in NSW will visit Forbes today, but not Broken Hill, reports the ABC. The Diocese is currently operating without a Bishop and minus two priests. In Forbes, they will

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Pope Benedict --- Caritas Internationalis must be guided by bishops and the official teaching of the church, Pope Benedict XVI said, because it acts in the name of the Catholic Church in its works, reports the Catholic News Service. The Vatican is

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Bishop Julian Porteous --- Bishop Julian Porteous has criticised as "provocative and offensive" billboards by a Muslim group that calls Jesus a prophet, said an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald. "He is the Son of God. He is acclaimed Lord and

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Screenshot from a report in The Age --- A religious brother has been found guilty of abusing 11 children at three schools across Victoria, the Herald Sun reports. Christian Brother Robert Charles Best, 70, yesterday pleaded guilty in Melbourne to

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William Shakespeare, on Flickr --- William Shakespeare was probably a Catholic, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in an exploration of spirituality and secularism in the Bard's plays, reports the Telegraph in Britain. Dr Rowan Williams said little

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Activities of religious Right should be a concern for Tony Abbott, some party members believe --- Factional forces linked to the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei are making a push for power in Liberal veteran Philip Ruddock's safe northern Sydney seat

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The Red Cross and the Vatican helped thousands of Nazis escape justice after World War II, according to a new book by a researcher from Harvard University, reports the Telegraph in Britain. Gerald Steinacher based much of his book, Nazis On The

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The Church has reiterated its oppositon to condoms in the fight against HIV, again labelling them an ineffective prevention tool that encourages immoral behaviour, reports PBS Newshour. An AIDS conference hosted at the Vatican over the weekend

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The American Archdiocese for the Military Services, the church structure that serves the men and women of its armed services, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of soldiers and former soldiers who want to serve as military chaplains, reports NCR

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I suppose I should no longer be surprised by the self-righteous cynicism and seemingly wilful ignorance of the media when it comes to reporting on Catholic affairs, writes Scott Stephens (pictured) in The Drum, on ABC Online. But it was the way that the

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Matteo Ricci seemed to be everywhere last year. Even the European Parliament sponsored an exhibition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death: "Meeting of Civilizations. Father Matteo Ricci, European Ambassador to China of the Ming Dynasty" and

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Franciscan missionary Fr Piotr Rzucidlo embraces a local parishioner after Mass during a feast day in the remote village of Papua New Guina where he helped build a mission --- Young Franciscan Fr Lukasz Kwiatkowski joined the Order as he was drawn to its

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How Catholic should a Catholic charity be? Last week the confederation of Catholic charities Caritas Internationalis has elected a new secretary-general, Michel Roy, after the re-appointment of the previous incumbent, Lesley-Anne Knight, was blocked,

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Ever since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate in October 1965, the Catholic Church has led the way in what has come to be known as the theology of religions, writes Michael Barnes in Thinking Faith. The Second Vatican Council’s understated yet

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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