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The Canberra Fertility Centre (CFC) which offers IVF treatment and which has been based at the John James Hospital, has attacked the hospital's new owners, Little Company of Mary Health Care, for allegedly withdrawing services that the clinic describes as

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A new musical version of Dante's medieval masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, his work featured during the 2000 Jubilee and a CD called Jesus Christ, You Are My Life, which was released specially for the Pope's visit to Germany last year. But it's not a value

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News reports suggest that US President George W Bush's "new direction" in Iraq will be more of the same. A "surge" in the number of troops appears to be in the works. The President's refusal to admit error or failure will now lead to

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Journalists often use the spelling "lede" to distinguish the first sentence of a story from other connotations of "lead." The 2006 Lede Us Not Into Confusion Prize goes to Malcolm Moore of London's Daily Telegraph who, in a November

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Tensions between Catholic-operated health services and IVF fertility clinics are likely to increase, says a leading reproductive health expert, but Catholic Health Australia has played down the threat to IVF services from Catholic health sector

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Irish Columban Fr Frank Nally who was working with former British government minister Clare Short on a report on the impact of foreign mining companies in the Philippines was detained and deported upon his arrival at Manila airport on Sunday. "You're

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Twenty four missionaries were killed during 2006, according to Catholic Mission director, Fr Terry Bell, with most being non-Western missionaries working in their own countries. The list for 2006 is one less than last year's figure. All died violently or

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A representative of the Russian bishops conference has warned against "hasty conclusions and accusations" as Polish bishops meet to discuss the fall out from the resignation of Warsaw Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus over spying

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Police have released a computer-generated image of a man they are seeking over an attack on Melbourne priest Fr Michael Shadbolt who was beaten in his Doveton presbytery last week after he disturbed a burglar. The Herald-Sun reports that Fr Shadbolt

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Members of murdered Griffith teenager Andrew Farrugia's band played their newly composed tribute to their colleague, "Waiting for you", in front of a crowd of over 700 mourners at Sacred Heart Church yesterday. The funeral for the 17-year-old,

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The Government's decision to fund pregnancy counselling with input from Catholic agencies is controversial but preoccupation with the issue overlooks a larger question. Over four years the Government will spend $15.5 million on the pregnancy advice hotline

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The Vatican secretary of state said the Polish church under the former communist regime was the "victim of abuse, forced to live in moments of uncertainty, even compromise." Poland was apparently not alone in this. Records released in recent years

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A US air attack on a Somali village suspected to be sheltering al-Qaeda terrorists "risks throwing fuel on an already explosive situation" and is unlikely to boost support for the country's fragile transition government, a bishop responsible for

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 Pope Benedict continues to attract large crowds to all his talks with figures for attendance at Vatican public events up again in 2006 over 2005 figures - the last year with John Paul II as Pope. Zenit reports that more than 3.2 million faithful and

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Centacare has defended its role in the Government's new pregnancy counselling service, saying the agency would be involved in developing a manual for counsellors and is "well suited" to the task. The Catholic Weekly reports that Centacare

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Concluding their annual plenary which focused on the vocation and role of the laity, Indian bishops have committed the Church to urgently establishing participatory structures for lay people and a system of accountability for bishops and priests. UCA News

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The number of people formally leaving the Austrian Church in the wake of a series of sex scandals dropped by 18 per cent in 2006 compared to the previous year while church attendances in Ireland have also levelled off after a similar series of

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"Where to eat", "Where to sleep" and "Where to wash" in Rome are among the section headings of a new guidebook for the homeless published by the St Egidio Community in Rome and which has been dubbed the "Michelin Guide for

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At a time when many world political leaders have lost their moral authority, it is religious leaders who are fighting the good fight. Only religious leaders seem willing to come to the defence of our society's most disadvantaged and to condemn political

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Debates over what "Catholic identity" entails in the domain of liturgical speech and practice will be with us for some time to come. Last week brought a classic case in point with an address by American Bishop Donald Trautman, chair of the US

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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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