A Catholic priest who kidnapped and killed his son to preserve the secret that he had broken his vow of celibacy has been sentenced to 55 years imprisonment by a Mexican court. BBC News reports taht Dagoberto Valle Arriaga had confessed in 2005 to

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Victorian police have arrested two teenagers over a fire that destroyed five classrooms and an office at the Lavalla Catholic College junior campus in Traralgon during the weekend. The fire broke out at Lavalla Catholic College junior campus in

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Even though the Holy See has backed the right of its parish priest to close down and sell the local St Brigid's church and hall, the Western Victorian country Catholic community of Crossley is fighting to retain the facilities and to transform the church

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In an encyclical to be published for the 40th anniversary of Paul VI's Populorum Progressio, Pope Benedict plans to condemn tax evasion as "socially unjust" and will denounce "tax havens", Vatican sources say. The Times

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Commenting on a battle between Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Kevin Rudd for the voting allegiance of Christians, Queensland Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce says he doesn't know whether God is on his side and that He may indeed be

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Describing next year's World Youth Day in Sydney as a great opportunity to showcase Australia, Prime Minister John Howard has agreed to a request from Cardinal George Pell for another $15 million in federal funding while Opposition leader Kevin Rudd has

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Sixty-two years ago, on 9 August 1945, the second of the only two atomic bombs (a plutonium bomb) ever used as instruments of aggressive war (against essentially defenceless civilian populations) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, by an all-Christian bomb

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Amnesty International's decision to abandon its neutral policy on abortion in favour of advocating a raft of abortion rights has surprised many members and friends. Amnesty is not a Catholic or religious organisation. I am not seeking to impose a

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In June, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the Church with an apostolic letter issued "motu proprio", ie on his own initiative, concerning the votes required at a conclave for the valid election of the pope. The document is brief, its language is

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The Hong Kong diocese has issued a new translation of Pope Benedict's letter because the Vatican's translation "contains mistakes and is hard to understand", according to Taiwan and Hong Kong bishops. UCA News reports that the revised text,

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The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged an appeal against a "manifestly inadequate" fine imposed on Pine Gap Four protestors by the NT Supreme Court and is seeking a custodial sentence. The four Christian pacifists -

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One of the skateboarders who provoked a tirade from Melbourne's St Patrick Cathedral Dean Geoff Baron has expressed regret over his role in the affair but said that the priest's reaction was also wrong. The Sunday Herald Sun reports that the

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A Gold Coast Catholic school, Marymount Primary, has chartered a plane to fly home a group of over 150 students from a Canberra excursion after more than 50 students fell ill with flu, including 16 who were hospitalised for overnight observation. The

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A Melbourne bishop well known for his support for Timorese people, Bishop Hilton Deakin, is calling on Australians to remember the role played by Papuans in assisting Australia during World War II and has urged Australia to resist human rights abuses in

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Major US supermarkets and toy chains will start to carry a line of "faith-based" toys for children including Old Testament action heroes and heroines - and a 10 metre high inflatable ark. The National Catholic Registe reports that parents

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The Vatican officially accepts the Billings method. But how many bishops' conferences accept it as a viable, positive alternative to artificial family-planning methods? As a group, they all would support promoting it, but they have differences. In India,

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"The greatest poverty-reducing machine in history is the market economy." So said former Melbourne philosopher and economist Samuel Gregg, now a high-flyer with the Acton Institute, a free-market think tank in the US, last week. Dr Gregg, back in

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In a pre-election statement calling for "fair industrial laws" and an end to Aboriginal child abuse, Australian bishops have urged Catholics to get involved in the political process to promote the "common good" and not just their own

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Described by Pope Benedict as a "great figure" of the Church in France, retired Paris Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Jew who converted to Catholicism and whose Polish mother was a victim of Auschwitz, has died after a long illness. The

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Moscow churches will this week recall the 70th anniversary of Stalin's Great Terror with the Orthodox Church to hold a ceremony at a shooting range where mostly Orthodox but also Catholics and people of other faiths were slaughtered. AsiaNews reports

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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