Commenting on new statistics which show that reports of child abuse have nearly doubled since 2001, Sydney youth advocate Fr Chris Riley says that the phenomenon is "out of control" and is regarded by some as "normal

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The Portuguese Church is leading the campaign to oppose efforts to legalise abortion in a national referendum on the issue to be held this month with one bishop describing abortion as a "variation of capital punishment". As official

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The Korean Catholic Human Rights Committee has hailed a decision by a Seoul court to exonerate eight pro-democracy Korean activists who were executed 32 years ago on trumped up treason charges. Speaking after the Seoul Central District Court ruled

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Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code publisher has gained US rights to Pope Benedict's forthcoming book on the life of Jesus, dubbed the "Ratzinger Code" by an Italian newspaper. Doubleday, the company that sold Brown's book about Jesus fathering

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During the 2004 Olympics it was obvious that "Advance Australia Fair" had seen off the challenge mounted by "Waltzing Matilda" to be considered as our national anthem. Now that "Advance Australia Fair" is widely accepted

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Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of Australia's last judicial hanging, the execution of Ronald Ryan. For many, the hanging represents an important moment in their political awakening. For those who had some more prominent role to play in the execution

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Pope Benedict has issued a call to Christians from the Middle East region to be "courageous and steadfast" and not fall to the temptation to emigrate. According to the Vatican Information Service, the Pontiff made the call at a meeting with

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Saying that not much has changed since Jesus first told the parable of the Good Samaritan, Catholic Social Services chairperson, Fr Joe Caddy, has called for a new government, church and community partnership "to create a genuinely fairer and better

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Prague Cardinal Miloslav Vlk says that under communism many priests "weren't heroes" and succumbed to pressure to collaborate with the former government but he remains confident that the Czech Church will be spared a scandal similar to that in

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Expressing dismay over a recent spate of killings, disappearances and kidnappings in their war-torn country, Sri Lanka's Catholic bishops say they are shocked at the deteriorating situation and are calling on the rebel Tamil Tigers "to contribute

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Excommunicated Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who recently formed a self-styled personal prelature for married priests, is in Seoul this month with his Korean wife to study the religion of the Reverend Moon Sun-myung's Unification

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Melbourne's Academy of Mary Immaculate school in inner city Fitzroy, founded 150 years ago this year by Mother Ursula Frayne, now has a school co-captain descended from a cousin of the Australian Mercy Sisters pioneer. The Age reports that Madeleine

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In Europe, the Christian stories of the Fall and Apocalypse no longer have the impact they once did. Environmentalism now fulfils for many people the widespread longing for simple, all-encompassing narratives. Environmentalism offers an alternative account

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The news from China in recent weeks confirms a rift between the official Church created by the authorities in opposition to Rome, and the one that is united with the Pope and not officially recognised by the state. But the same news shows the divisions and

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Following a high level meeting on China, the Vatican has called for dialogue to restore ties with Beijing severed 60 years ago, announcing that Pope Benedict is to write a special letter to Chinese Catholics. In a statement, the Holy See said it wished to

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The NSW Government has announced the appointment of a transport expert, Roy Wakelin-King, as coordinator of the World Youth Day Authority, which will have traffic management powers similar to those at the 2000 Olympics. The Sydney Morning Herald reports

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Christian lay leaders cannot work separately from mainstream justice lobby groups, says a Bangladeshi Catholic youth leader, explaining why so many Catholics are involved in the massive World Social Forum gathering of civil groups being held this week in

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Because of the role of women in Islam, a German Catholic diocese is advising Catholic women who marry Muslims to draw up a new kind of pre-nuptial legal agreement, specifying among other things that marriage is permanent. According to a German DPA agency

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The Australian Catholic University has announced plans to present Vatican Secretary of Catholic Education, Archbishop J Michael Miller, with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his services in the field. According to an ACU statement, Ottawa-born

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Newly released figures show that the Vatican's justice department dealt with 827 civil and criminal cases during 2006, resulting in the tiny papal state having the world's worst per capita crime statistics, a German magazine says. According to

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