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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Former Philadelphia truck driver Sr Mary Annette Gailey, who has just made her final vows, says that the solitude of the road helped her discover her new path, while Paris Hilton has reportedly vowed to "live like a nun" in a bid to stay out of

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Over the past 20 years the private school sector has more than doubled in size. Independent schools are sprouting like mushrooms in growth centres all over Australia. In NSW, more than 400 independent schools now enrol 165,000 students and employ

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Investors are increasingly looking for ways to link their money to ethical principles. In a recent report on this trend, the Financial Times newspaper cites data that puts the amount held in faith-based funds - normally invested in by churches - at

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In a move condemned by Pakistan's Catholic bishops, the south Asian country's National Assembly is considering an apostasy bill proposed by a pro-Taliban coalition of religious parties that imposes death on Muslim men who convert from Islam. The

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A Catholic student leader, Devett O'Brien says that the Church should have a "young heart" because Jesus lived and died young while Australia's bishops respond by forming the Australian Catholic Youth Council to be chaired by Sandhurst Bishop

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The New Zealand Government Corrections Department has reversed a prison ban on communion wine following pressure from the Catholic Church and politicians outraged over "political correctness gone mad". NZ Catholic reports that priests and

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The Albury suburb of Lavington in southern NSW is now home to three Filipino sisters who have arrived to work with the most needy people in the community including the aged, the sick and the unemployed. The Border Mail reports that Sisters Angelita

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A father has left his three year old son at the newly opened "Stork's Cradle" baby hatch at a Japanese Catholic hospital in Kumamoto that was designed for parents to safely abandon new born infants they are unable to care for. The Yomiuri

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A Vietnamese artisan has made the nation's biggest bronze trumpet for his Catholic parish in the northern village of Xuan Tien - a 5.5 metre long musical instrument that weighs 350 kilograms. Vietnam News reports that Ngo Van Hoa has had a life-long

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The Rev Jerry Falwell - founder of the US Moral Majority and the leader of the religious right in the '80s - died on Tuesday after he was discovered unconscious in his office. Now that the evangelist has finally met his maker, we pray for his sake that

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There are times when I wonder if I have become immune to the deaths, violence and suffering of Aboriginal people. And then, often quite unexpectedly, something lifts me up to a new place of insight and range of emotions. This describes something of my

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Criticisms of the mother of a newborn child left outside a Melbourne hospital this week could push her "towards the edge", Centacare's Fr Joe Caddy has warned, saying that the mother needs to be invited in so as she can accept her

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Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced that the archdiocese will sell its chancery building along with 50 other properties to raise funds towards a potential $1.2 billion that may be needed to settle hundreds of sex abuse cases. In a

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A Tasmanian Supreme Court Justice has sentenced former Marist priest Gregory Ferguson to two years prison with eligibility for parole after 12 months even though the man's crimes were "relatively serious". Gregory Laurence Ferguson, 70, who

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A jury in the Brazilian frontier state of Para has found a wealthy rancher guilty of ordering the killing of American-born landless people's champion, Sr Dorothy Stang. The Los Angeles Times reports that human rights experts hailed the decision as a

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Four Year 8 students at Hobart's Sacred Heart College have been suspended after dressing in balaclavas and crying "hold-up" to frightened school office staff in a prank apparently inspired by the controversial Jackass TV series. The

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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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