The fortunes of war brought Francis Tran to Australia in 1987, a refugee from Vietnam with no friends or family in Australia and no English, setting him on the usual route of such newcomers: four months in a migrant hostel followed by hard labour at the

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Warning that warring Palestinian factions could trigger a civil war, Christian church leaders in Jerusalem are urging an end to the violence and offering to play a mediating role between Hamas and Fatah. The pledge was made in a statement by 13 church

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Speaking at his Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict called for Christians and Jews to respect and appreciate each other and to cooperate for justice and peace in the world. The International Herald Tribune says that the Pope, who visited a synagogue

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Most hospitals in Australia do not offer IVF services, says Sydney Bishop Anthony Fisher, and criticisms of Catholic hospitals for not doing so are a bit of a "beat-up". Bishop Fisher was commenting on the decision of Little Company of Mary (LCM)

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Archbishop Roberto Luckert of lying following criticisms of his leadership style, saying that he would meet the Bishops Conference vice-president in hell because "he is not going to heaven". Archbishop

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The Catholic Social Justice Group of Manly parish on Sydney's North Shore is campaigning on behalf of a Muslim Pakistani who has lived in Australia for 19 years but who faces deportation after a visa mix-up. The Catholic Weekly reports that Muhammad

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Former German World Cup winning captain, Franz Beckenbauer, has returned to the Catholic faith after a meeting with Pope Benedict that he describes as the "most important experience of his life". Catholic World News reports that Beckenbauer, who

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Over the last few weeks Catholic hospitals have been the target of disgruntled doctors and misguided politicians. The upshot has been yet another round of "anti-Catholic" bashing and the projection of an erroneous perception that Catholic health

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Before the ferry anchored, a Trappist monk with a long, white beard was already waving from the pier. Fr Nicholaus Kao Se-tsean then greeted each person as the visitors landed. An hour-long journey by boat had brought them from downtown Hong Kong to an

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Top officials from Holy See agencies are meeting today with leaders of the Catholic Church in China to discuss challenges for the Church in the world's most populous country, including unity of the official and unrecognised churches. AsiaNews reports that

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Toowoomba diocese social justice coordinator, Dr Mark Copland, has welcomed an about-face by Tamworth Regional Council over an earlier decision to refuse to relocate Sudanese refugee families to the north-western NSW centre. ABC News reports that

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With drought now affecting 93 per cent of NSW, the St Vincent de Paul Society has launched an urgent appeal for drought victims who face stress and "are also feeling the knock-on effects of the drought." The NSW branch of the Society has set up

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Murdered teenage mum, Rachael Myring, who was killed by a client at the real estate office where she worked, was buried yesterday after a moving funeral at Mary Immaculate church at Ashmore on Queensland's Gold Coast. Funeral celebrant, Fr Paul Chandler,

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Australia could one day have a Catholic king or queen if Irish Anglican primate, Bishop Alan Harper, who says it's time to "move on" from a 1701 law forbidding a Catholic British monarch, has his way. The BBC reports that Bishop Harper in an

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Mildred Akinyi, a HIV positive widow from western Kenya, and other members of her St Monica's Widows Group, have stunned members of their local community, by refusing to be "inherited" under traditional cultural practices. The Kenya Times reports

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The appalling images and stories from Saddam Hussein's execution chamber in Baghdad was irrefutable proof that execution dehumanises not just its victims but its perpetrators. The Catholic Church opposed the execution of Saddam Hussein on principle. The

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Bob Santamaria maintained that "penetration" or "permeation" of outside bodies was a legitimate pressure-group tactic for him and his Catholic followers, akin to Fabian socialist influence on the British Labour Party. Opponents saw it as

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Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Warsaw Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus hours before his official installation after the Polish prelate admitted that he had "damaged the Church" over his links with the former communist regime. Radio

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Health Minister Tony Abbott has defended his decision to award a contract to operate a 24-hour pregnancy counselling hotline to Centacare following protests that a Catholic agency would not be able to offer objective advice. According to a Herald-Sun

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  Telling a Brisbane newspaper that he was grieved that he could not ordain women or married men to the priesthood, Toowoomba Bishop William Morris has expressed hope for a change in Church policy through "dialogue". However, Bishop Morris

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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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