The Vatican has welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that displaying crucifixes in schools does not breach the rights of non-Catholics, said an AAP report on news.com.au. "It is an important and historic ruling," Vatican

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From the image 'Red light district', on Flickr --- The ACT should consider following the lead of Sweden by recriminalising prostitution and jailing men who pay for sex, said the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, according to a report in the Canberra

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Screenshot from the Irish Bishops Conference pastoral letter, Towards Healing and Renewal --- The Irish Bishops Conference has published a pastoral letter denouncing child sexual abuse by clergy, which also outlined new and existing initiatives of

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Image from a US Navy photo on Flickr, of debris in an earthquake-affected area in Japan --- Japanese Christians are uniting in response to the emergency in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, interacting and planning through the web and

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In the morning cold of a farmhouse in the foothills of the Cascade mountains in Oregon, his hand is stiff as he grasps the broad-edged pen, reports the Catholic Review. His eyes have aged. But the 78-year-old priest and calligraphy master plans to write

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More of the "real" Julia Gillard is now displayed, with the Prime Minister offering her fullest exposition for rejecting both euthanasia and same-sex marriage, writes Paul Kelly in the Australian. Ms Gillard, in fact, is not the social progressive many Labor

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Set in a sleepy coastal town in Queensland, A Heartbeat Away is a good-natured tale about corporate greed and the generation gap that may appeal to audiences looking for old-style Aussie entertainment in the mould of The Castle and The Dish. Sebastian

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard -- Prime Minister Julia Gillard has moved to broaden her appeal to people of faith, jesting about challenging Tony Abbott to a contest in reciting scripture, following statements opposing same-sex marriage and euthanasia, said

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A rare school holiday timetable problem will force some parents to find four weeks of care for their children over Easter in Queensland, reports the Courier-Mail. The situation is also set to have an impact on families not being able to take holidays

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Screenshot from and excerpt of the Aid to the Church in Need video, God in China - An Awakening Faith, on YouTube --- A shortage of churches has prompted Bishop Paul Xie Tingzhe of Urumqi in China to urge his faithful to build shrines for the whole family

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An image from Flickr showing damage at Fukushima --- Missionaries and their leaders are grappling with whether to remain in Japan or leave - either to other parts of it or out of the country entirely - following the earthquake, tsunami and potential

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley, screenshot from BostonCatholic.org --- An American order of nuns is suing the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, after years of trying, in vain, to withdraw from a church-run pension fund, said a Boston Globe

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi --- Japan's nuclear disaster has "raised questions that cannot be neglected", said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, reports Zenit. Fr Lombardi said nuclear energy is an immense resource for man but

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For the past three weeks Jesuit Social Services volunteer, Brazilian-born Renata Botelho, has been visiting Jesuit Social Services programs making a DVD to be screened at this year’s Annual Dinner next month, reports Province

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'Win win win!', on Flickr --- Australia's major churches met at a national forum in Canberra yesterday to launch the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, urging for gambling reform, said a report on the Christian Today Australia website. Senior

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Image from the Parramatta Advertiser report --- NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has released a plan outlining the look of the new $24 million arts and education precinct for the old King's School site in western Sydney, reports the Parramatta

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Pope Benedict's new book on Jesus has entered the The New York Times bestseller list, at 10th place in the non-fiction category, said the Ignatius Insight Scoop website. Since its worldwide release on March 10, 1.2 million copies of the book have

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Victoria's biggest charities and employers in the community sector have called on the Baillieu government to honour its promise to fund an equal pay case that could lead to much higher wages for tens of thousands of workers, reports the Age. The new

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Dr Paul Sharkey, image from Catholic Education Office South Australia --- South Australia's Catholic education sector would be happy to keep its proportion of students constant rather than push for more enrolments, new Catholic Education director Dr Paul

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi --- There is a growing and "disturbing" trend of vilifying those who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council, according to a Reuters report in

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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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