There are around 15,000 people working in the Vatican city and around 700 residents. From the Pope to an office clerk, they have ordinary needs such as for groceries, health care and banking services. Australian St John of God Brother, Br Fabian Hynes,

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In a major document on the Eucharist released overnight, Pope Benedict has called for a renewed emphasis on the Latin Mass, Gregorian chant and classical church art as well as insisting on the obligatory "witness of virginity" in the Latin

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Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has condemned an announcement by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks that the state government will introduce a law modelled on a recent federal legislation to allow "therapeutic" cloning of human

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As fugitive Timorese rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado calls for mediation by the Church, an East Timor priest has accused Australian troops of terrifying local villagers after a raid by the soldiers left a number of houses in ruins. The Brisbane

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Days after Pope Benedict slammed the "destructive" influence of the internet and other media, the Holy See has announced that the Vatican will launch its own news and entertainment TV network, H2O, by the end of the year. The New

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Saying that some couples already have "mental lines drawn" when they marry and are already prepared to "revisit" their commitment, Sydney priest Fr Chris Ryan says that it is not possible to "pick" the marriages that will

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Noting that every generation poses questions on Christ's identity, Venezuelan Bishop Mario Moronta insists that Jesus was neither a revolutionary, nor a socialist, nor a hippie, nor an alien. "In our Latin American continent, there have always

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The conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for lying to FBI agents and to the grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, is one of those moments in legal history that only has significance if taken in context. Libby's

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British PM's new love affair Tony Blair has forged a special bond with the Rev Ian Paisley, the union and Protestant leader who holds the future of the Northern Ireland peace process in his hands, by discussing their common interest in and commitment to

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Contrary to earlier reports, the Holy See has not barred Spanish liberation theologian Fr Jon Sobrino from teaching or publishing but has declared that his work contains statements that are "either erroneous or dangerous". National Catholic

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Strictures in Pope Benedict's back to basics apostolic exhortation would only be observed when the bishop visits, a Melbourne priest has said while others have welcomed Benedict's criticisms of "trashy" modern liturgical music. Melbourne

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Profits on an undisclosed shareholding of Senator Santo Santoro, were not donated to charity as claimed by the Federal Aged Care Minister but to the Family Council of Australia of which the Catholic Church is a member, reports say. An Age report says

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Caritas Australia says that tsunami reconstruction projects it funded in Sri Lanka have ground to halt as fears grow that, with more than 200,000 people forced to flee their homes, the country is erupting into open conflict. According to the Caritas

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A Cambridge University report commissioned by the European Catholic Caritas agencies has warned that Britain could become Europe's "moral poor man" because of policies that ignore the needs of the poorly paid migrant workers who help keep the

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Saying that the Church needs to become a "Gypsy among Gypsies", the Vatican this week has launched a campaign to win over Europe's Roma people from non-mainstream Protestant "sects". Romea reports that the Vatican's office for

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Last week, in Ireland, Trocaire, the official overseas aid agency of the Irish Church, began its regular Lenten ad campaign. The interesting thing about the campaign is that it is about more than "charity." It also asks people to contribute

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Even though St Patrick's Day has not yet arrived, I have already received several cards and messages. Some came the old-fashioned way, delivered by the postman, but most were like my friend Colleen's, the virtual variety, and arrived with a "ping'

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Commenting on the Vatican critique of Fr Jon Sobrino's theology, fellow Jesuit Fr Andrew Hamilton, who has worked with the Spanish theologian in El Salvador, says that Christ hides his divinity in such "exigent places". Writing in Eureka

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Welfare agencies are pressing the NSW government to implement recommendations from the recent Vinson report to give funding priority to so-called "poverty code" areas where intergenerational poverty is concentrated. The welfare agencies say

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A Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, who advocates spiritual solutions to violence and warns against identifying Christianity with European civilisation, has won the prestigious Templeton Prize for progress on spiritual issues. The Malaysia

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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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