With the World Health Organisation estimating the annual number of abortions worldwide at 30-50 million, a US-initiated post-abortion support program with branches in Australia, Project Rachel, is extending its operations around the

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Three siblings from the St Martin de Porres parish school at Laverton in Melbourne's west who had been enrolled by the parish priest in a local state school will not be turned away, priest Fr Ian Ranson said over the weekend. "We are not turning

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Addressing a conference of Latin American bishops in Brazil last week, Vatican Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has confirmed that Pope Benedict plans to loosen restrictions on the celebration of the old Latin Mass. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, who

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Tony Blair is still in office; but the carefully orchestrated transition to his post-Downing Street incarnation has begun. When his longed-for departure actually does at last take place, even his most severe critics (wishing to be seen as fair or

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A scene from The Root of All Evil?, a two-part ABC series on religion shows Richard Dawkins accusing the evangelical pastor the Reverend Ted Haggard of running worship sessions in the way the Nazis ran their rallies. To the scientist Dawkins, a room

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Zimbabwe has a population of 12 million and used to be the second most prosperous country in the continent after South Africa. Today economic life has collapsed as President Mugabe becomes increasingly corrupt and despotic. As a master promoter of

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Cardinal Claudio Hummes seems too young for someone who will be 73 in August. But he is unlikely to be collecting a pension cheque for a long while. Last October Benedict XVI offered the then-Archbishop of Sao Paulo a new and entirely different job by

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Concluding his tour of Brazil, Pope Benedict has described South America as a "continent of hope" while denouncing drug dealers and warning against drug use and sexual infidelity. An estimated 150,000 pilgrims greeted the pope as he arrived

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Endorsing comments by Pope Benedict, a spokesman for Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey has said that any Catholic doctor performing an abortion is excluded from communion. News.com.au reports that spokesman Hugh Ryan said that that any Catholic

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Addressing 40,000 young people in Brazil, Pope Benedict has called for "greater commitment" to fighting environmental devastation in the Amazon basin that threatens indigenous peoples in the region. "The devastation of the environment

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Bishop Dong Guangqing, the first Chinese government appointed Catholic bishop, has died in the central city of Wuhan at the age of 90. Malaysian paper The Star cited a Xinhua News Agency report that Bishop Dong Guangqing, who died Saturday, was a

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Visiting Fatima for the 90th anniversary of the 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three Portuguese children, half a million pilgrims prayed for the safe return of British toddler Madeleine McCann who disappeared at a coastal resort early this

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Former Australian Idol star Guy Sebastian's "Receive the Power" will be the official theme song for World Youth Day in Sydney because it "hits the mark on every level", according to WYD coordinator, Bishop Anthony Fisher. "We

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Benedict XVI's stinging criticism of both Marxism and capitalism may have caught some off-guard used to thinking of him as a consummate conservative, but it shouldn't surprise anyone who knows Joseph Ratzinger's history. In 1988, then-Cardinal Joseph

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The popular media informs us on a regular basis of the rise in the incidence of drug use. A few years ago the focus was on heroin. Today, "ice" has the media's attention. Alcohol abuse is also frequently newsworthy. The campaign to stop

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With an invitation to China reported to be waiting for him as he left Brazil, Pope Benedict has attacked Marxism as well as unbridled Capitalism for problems in Latin America while defending the Church's role during the European colonisation of the

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An American lobby group against anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League, is calling for the suspension of the canonisation process for World War II Pope Pius XII until the Vatican archives for the late pope's pontificate are finally opened. Ynet

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The Holy See has adopted new rules that allow national bishops' conferences to propose saints from under-represented countries for inclusion on the Church's universal calendar - but competition is stiff for the few remaining available dates. Catholic

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Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has denied that the Church is suppressing an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world some claim the Virgin Mary to have revealed at Fatima 90 years ago. The three Secrets of Fatima were written

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World Youth Day registrations from the US are outpacing those from Australia, organisers say, with 27,000 Americans on the books compared to 20,000 Australians in a total of more than 80,000 people who have put their names down for the Sydney

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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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