Catholics form the largest religious group among the newly inaugurated US Congress with 29 per cent of members of the Senate and House of Representatives, which also includes its first Muslim congressman, according to media analyses. The Washington Post

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A Sri Lankan bishop says that there was only one rebel soldier who was on leave among 16 Christian civilians killed and 35 wounded in an attack last week on a Sri Lankan village by four airforce bombers. The 16 dead included seven children under ten years

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A family of Taiwanese origin whose children attend the local Catholic school in Cowra, central NSW, have won a last minute review of an Immigration Department decision ordering the family to leave the country because their small organic farm is not profitable

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We long for happiness more than for anything else in life. Acknowledging this, we are led to the assumption that everyone knows what happiness is. And yet the truth is that this question is somewhat elusive. Books have been written about attaining

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Almost no country is immune to the scourge of human trafficking, despite the many international laws and United Nations standards condemning it. Just ask the Franciscan men and women who live with and serve the poor in many of the countries where it

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Giving his annual new year address to the Vatican diplomatic community, Pope Benedict yesterday condemned a worsening "scandal of famine" which he said is "unacceptable in a world which has the means and knowledge to tackle it". ANSA

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Italian researcher Paolo De Coppi's groundbreaking research paper on amniotic stem cells was rejected by four scientific journals over seven years before its publication this week in Nature Biotechnology but Catholic commentators have welcomed the discovery

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Ex-Warsaw Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus in effect misled the pope by his failure to disclose the true nature of his links with the former Polish communist regime, Italian media reports say, as news breaks of the resignation of another high level church

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 A Holy See Congregation for the Clergy decree calling for "implementation without further delay" of an earlier 2004 decree invalidating the removal by Bishop Jeremiah Coffey of controversial priest, Fr John Speekman, from his Morwell parish

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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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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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