Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Benedict has identified the environment as well as respect for human dignity and recognition of spiritual values as three major challenges for humanity today. In a message to the Pontifical

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Caritas New Zealand has come out in support of a "third way" amendment to a controversial parliamentary bill on physical punishment of children that seeks to outlaw most cases of spanking. Scoop reports that Caritas CEO Michael Smith said

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Well known Jesuit social commentator Fr Frank Brennan is seriously ill in a Sydney hospital after accompanying a group of high school students to Papua New Guinea for a Kokoda Track trek. The Jesuit online newsletter Province Express reports that Fr

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Peasant farmers in Mexico are crediting a Mexican Robin Hood, who was hanged in 1909 and has become known as the patron saint of narcotics traffickers, for their bumper crop prices. Catholic News Service reports that Miguel Angel Salazar and his

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Anyone who has ventured into the Catholic blogosphere recently is aware that speculation about a motu proprio - a document under the pope's personal authority - on the pre-Vatican II Mass has been at a fever pitch for months. In part, the frenzy

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Like many Anzacs that Belgian morning, Lieutenant Leo Corrigan, of Waverley, NSW, was almost certainly soaked from the waist down before he set off. Corrigan bumbled into the bog, his rosary beads nestled in a tunic pocket. We don't know how far he had

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In a long-awaited document published on Friday, the Vatican says that the traditional view of limbo as the destiny of those who die unbaptised is based on an "unduly restrictive view of salvation" and that God "wants all human beings to be

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NSW racehorse trainers claim that the two-day World Youth Day event with Pope Benedict at Randwick racecourse next year will cost them up to $12 million in relocation expenses. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the racecourse is expected to be

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In a submission to the Government's Fair Pay Commission, the Church's industrial relations body has called for the minimum wage to be increased by $27 a week so that an average family will achieve "an acceptable standard of

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China's top state-appointed Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan of Beijing who was never recognised by the Holy See has died at the age of 75, leaving China's most important episcopal see vacant as Pope Benedict prepares to publish a letter to Chinese

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As the nation's political leaders discuss emergency water conservation plans, Archbishop Philip Wilson has taken up Prime Minister John Howard's call to pray for rain - but a Melbourne priest says the prayer is "pointless". In a statement

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Gen Y want justice

23-Apr-2007

Sax-playing Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez and political cartoonist Fiona Katauskas have called on 300 young people at the Sydney Festival for Global Concern to follow their passion and "just work for justice". More than 300 students and

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From the Christian perspective any attempt to attribute large significance to Anzac Day and to wars is suspect. When we say that people sacrificed their lives for an abstract cause like victory or nationhood, we easily imply that their lives and deaths

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Our present manner and method of passing on the faith is not adequate. The faith as we treasure it is not being received by present generations. To preach effectively in this era of stark materialism and faithless self-gratification requires a

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Admitting that the times are not easy for the Church, the bishops conference president, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, says that Western culture remains open to Christianity and that there are grounds for optimism. In a talk presented to a

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Four young men and a woman have been charged with terrorism offences over the murder of three workers at a Christian publishing house in the eastern Turkey city of Malatya. The Courier-Mail reports that the four men, aged 19 and 20, were captured at

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Catholic and Jewish experts are concerned that relations between the faiths may go backwards if plans to revive the Latin Mass allow prayers for conversion of the Jews to be reinstated. Reuters reports that the problem is that the traditional texts

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Lamenting that the Church in Iraq is disappearing under continued persecution, the Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has launched a new appeal for unity between people in Iraq. The Archbishop made the comments in his appeal on behalf of Iraqi

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Thousands of placard-carrying marchers descended on the Mexico City's Catholic cathedral yesterday in a mass protest against a proposal to allow abortions to be performed in the Mexican capital. The Courier-Mail reports that the proposal to allow

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Organisers of Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Brazil are making him a throne of recyclable materials while a Italian shoe manufacturers have given the pontiff 15,000 pairs of shoes for the poor plus a kangaroo hide pair for

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Mass on Demand

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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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