Image of a baby from Flickr --- Pro-life groups have labelled the European court ruling that Ireland's abortion law infringes women's rights "intrusive" and "agenda driven", reports Christian Today. Youth Defence described the ruling as "intrusive,

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Church authorities covered up the activities of a former priest who sexually abused hundreds of children in Ireland over almost two decades, said an AFP report in the Brisbane Times. A judicial commission described Tony Walsh as "probably the most notorious

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While many young adults linger on beaches and in shopping centres during summer, three Brisbane sisters will be giving their time to the "very poor", reports The Catholic Leader. Bernadette, Claire and Katie Tomlin will return to their South African roots

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The scriptures should be required reading in schools, writes David Hastie in The Australian. IN this yuletide Tony Abbott went on record again as regarding the Bible as essential for all Australian schools. "It is important for people to leave school with

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The Tourist is a bland title for what turns out to be a disappointingly bland movie from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (who made the brilliant The Lives of Others). The remake of a 2005 French thriller called Anthony Zimmer, this film's plot

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Screenshot from a Russia Today video, uploaded to YouTube --- The Vatican has urged Australia's bishops to persist with their "generous and passionate work" for people seeking asylum, and pledged its support, said a Catholic News Service report in the

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The Herald Sun image of the Abbott family picture used in the Christmas card --- Opposition leader Tony Abbott has chosen a Christmas card in a prime ministerial style almost identical to those sent by John Howard as PM, reports the Herald Sun. It has

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Some 75 per cent of respondents to a poll about the meaning of Christmas said it was about good times with family and friends, while only one in five saw it as a celebration of Christ's birth, reports the Herald Sun. The Galaxy Research poll

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An Italian judge has upheld the seizure of 23 million euros (A$30 million) in Vatican assets in a money-laundering probe involving the Holy See's bank, said an AP report on MSNBC.com. Italian authorities seized the funds in September as part of a probe

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict has used a high-profile Christmas speech to Vatican cardinals and bishops to demand reflection on the flaws in the Church's message and culture that permitted a global sexual-abuse scandal, reports the Washington Post. "We

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Years of pressure by US diplomats on the Vatican for stronger public support of genetically modified foods has yielded little results, said a document released through WikiLeaks, reports the Catholic News Service. The latest batch of diplomatic cables

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This witty YouTube clip presents a digital re-telling of the Nativity narrative, and also reminds us just what impact the internet and technology has made on our lives. The video, which was made by a Portguese company called Excentric, has gone

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Pope Benedict's Midnight Mass at St Peter's Basilica and documentary titled Celebrate Christmas head the television offerings this festive season. Midnight Mass will be broadcast on the ABC and the documentary on Network Ten. FULL DETAILS IN MEDIA RELEASE

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The numbers of priests in the bush are getting low, so low that the Catholic Church is looking abroad to fix its predicament, according to the AM program on ABC radio.ABC: When New Zealand priest, Father Doug Hoare, heard about a chronic priest

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A group of 13 churches has issued a joint statement calling for peace this Christmas, reminding the community about the plight of asylum seekers, Iraqis and the families of New Zealand's dead miners,  said an AAP report in the Sydney Morning

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Screenshot of a video from the Ninemsn report --- Fire has destroyed six classrooms and caused part of the roof to collapse at an historic Catholic school in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, reports the Ninemsn website. Firefighters prevented the blaze

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Image from the International Nativity Museum webpage --- Bethlehem's International Nativity Museum reopened last weekend, part of a general "re-awakening" of the town, reports the Catholic News Service. Originally inaugurated on the ground

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Screenshot from the Rome Reports video, Vatican denounces the "intransigent religious intolerance" of the Chinese Government, on YouTube --- The Holy See has issued a statement expressing profound sorrow over a state-sanctioned Catholic gathering in China

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A shot of the image of the South Korean tree in the ABC report --- A church's plan to light up a Christmas tree on top of a hill in South Korea along the tense border with the North could provoke an attack by the communist state, reports ABC. On

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The Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said some commentators had misunderstood and misrepresented the Pope's remarks on condoms and HIV in the book Light of the World, said an AP report in the Washington Post. The report said the Vatican

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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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