Finding the faith

26-Mar-2007

For years researchers and academics have observed that traditional faiths are increasingly irrelevant to young people. "It is true that religion is dying," says Dr Andrew Singleton, who has researched the spirituality of "Gen Y".

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Catholic social justice commission's Bishop Christopher Saunders, has called for David Hicks' immediate release despite his guilty plea yesterday to a charge of providing material support for terrorism. The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

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A Timor priest has accused Australian troops of destroying property in a raid on a church during a search for fugitive rebel leader Alfredo Reinado. Fr Heremenio Gonsalves told reporters that in the early hours of 23 March, fully armed Australian

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Days before planned high level talks at the Vatican on legal and fiscal security issues for the church in Israel, Israeli diplomats have unilaterally cancelled the meeting, to the "incredulity" and "pain" of Church

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In a joint statement, Christian church leaders in Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Sean Brady, have welcomed a power-sharing agreement between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein to restore devolved government in the region. The agreement

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Soon-to-depart Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor, Peter Sheehan, says that the rise of factions and divisions among universities can create problems in dealing with government. In an interview with The Australian, Professor Sheehan said

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At his funeral yesterday, Broken Bay founder Bishop Patrick Murphy was remembered as a hardworking disciple of Jesus - who also loved ice-cream. In a tribute contained in the Mass booklet at his funeral yesterday at Corpus Christi Cathedral, St Ives,

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When Bishop Delaney founded the Brigidines, with just six Irish women in Tullow, in 1807, he did so in response to the wholesale, root and branch devastation inflicted on the people by the Penal Laws. Those laws denied Irish Catholics civil and

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A few years ago, Fr John Dear and another priest illegally entered a US airbase. Quoting the prophet Isaiah that when the Messiah comes "they will beat their swords into ploughshares", they took out two tiny toy hammers and began hitting the

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A French newspaper has identified a 45-year-old nun as the beneficiary of a miracle credited to the intervention of the late John Paul II, whose cause for canonisation will move a step forward with the submission of a dossier on the miracle to the Holy

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The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano says that Spanish Jesuit Jon Sobrino was right to apply the Gospel to concrete situations of social injustice but the liberation theologian risked going astray with his "Jesus of history". According

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A Tasmanian Marist priest has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two boys during the 1970s while an 80-year-old retired teacher at an Adelaide Catholic boys school has died before he could face trial on similar charges. The Launceston Examiner

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Introducing a $10 a tonne carbon levy to fight climate change will hit pensioners and other low-income earners and will erode government concessions assisting the poor, a Vinnies researcher says. Writing in The Age, Gavin Dufty says that while much of

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The University of the Sunshine Coast has announced the appointment of Caloundra parish priest, Fr John Dobson, as Chancellor of the university. Fr Dobson, who has been a Council member at the Sunshine Coast University (USC) for the past nine years,

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A former Loreto student, Julia Mendel, has taken out the top award at the 2007 Clancy Prize for religious art for Sydney's secondary schools with a mixed media work comprising photography, sculpture and printmaking. Ms Mendel who arrived 20 minutes

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Kevin Andrews, the new Minister for Immigration, has sounded muddled in his statements defending the government's decision to send 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Nauru for processing. It is not all his fault. Even when he gets up to speed in the

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Y Re, 24, is from the Central Highlands of Vietnam where she lives with her husband and extended family. She is a member of a credit program supported by Caritas Australia. Like many other ethnic minority women Y Re received a low level of education,

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Italy's bishops have sparked a storm by telling Catholic politicians that they have a moral duty to vote against any proposed legislation recognising unmarried and homosexual couples as Westinster Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor slams his government over new

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Israel has apologised over the last minute cancellation of a high-level meeting with the Vatican, which was trumped by an Arab League conference and a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel's ambassador says. AsiaNews reports that

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A Timorese woman has testified before an Indonesian-East Timor truth commission in Jakarta that pro-Indonesian forces who stormed a local church in 1999 seized 45 young women who were later beaten and raped by militiamen. The China Post reports that

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