One Sunday afternoon over five years ago, Michael Manulak's father called him into the family room to see a wildlife program on TV. He was left dumbfounded by the sight of an emaciated polar bear struggling on and then crashing through thin arctic ice

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Melbourne New Testament expert, Fr Brendan Byrne, has described as "bizarre" claims in a new documentary that an ancient tomb unearthed in Jerusalem 27 years ago was the burial tomb of Jesus and his family. The James Cameron-produced

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In a statement issued ahead of a meeting with the country's foreign minister, Irish bishops have slammed systematic large-scale abuse of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories and called into questions Ireland's commercial ties with

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Australian priest, Fr Kevin Barr, who works with an ecumenical Fiji thinktank, is under fire for remarks which allegedly underplayed the threat to human rights by the current military government. The reports that Deputy Coordinator of Fiji Women's

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Defying a demand from the Holy See that he withdraw from Paraguay's presidential race, retired Bishop Fernando Lugo has become the frontrunner in polls in the lead up to the 2008 election. The International Herald Tribune reports that Lugo, who

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A Maltese priest, Fr George Preca, who founded a society of lay catechists, the Society of Christian Doctrine, will become the island nation's first native born saint, the Holy See has announced. Playfuls reports that thousands of Maltese Catholics

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In a Lenten message published on the video sharing website YouTube, Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali has called on Christians to fast and read scripture in order to enter a "deep encounter with the Father". "The spiritual sacrifice

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For Christmas last year, I was given a mobile phone. I'd always resisted buying one for a couple of reasons. The opportunity for instant and constant distance-communication has, no doubt, made our lives more efficient, but it has also made them more

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I went to a big college in North Carolina and was trying to leave the church, get away as far from doing anything noble. I decided I'm not going to believe in God, I'm going to make as much money as I want, and that made me very unhappy. After this

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Sydney's Cardinal George Pell will this weekend join a "deliberative poll" discussion panel that will debate whether Muslims and non-Muslims can successfully live together. The Australian reports that the deliberative poll to be held in

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An Adelaide Catholic grandmother, Jan Ruff-O'Herne, who was forced to become a sex slave for Japanese soldiers during World War II, has addressed the US Congress in a new bid to obtain a formal apology from the Japanese government for war

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Pope Benedict, who as Cardinal Ratzinger guided a critical review of the work of Peruvian Dominican Gustavo Gutierrez, imposed ashes on the famous liberation theologian during an Ash Wednesday liturgy, it has been revealed. Catholic News

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The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund has criticised conditions in Asian factories supplying computer parts to a number of the world's leading computer companies. Sxissinfo reports that the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and the Protestant agency Bread for all

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In a bid to highlight the quest for national reunification of Korea, young South Korean Catholics have brought the World Youth Day cross to the barbed wire barrier separating North and South Korea. UCA News reports that scores of Korean young people

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An Adelaide priest, Fr Michael Trainor, is at the forefront of efforts to launch archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Colossae located in present day Turkey and home of the New Testament Colossians. Writing in Adelaide's Southern

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I've been indirectly involved this week in the sort of effort that reinforces my faith in the contribution that advocacy can make to the betterment of society. This week has seen the parliamentary launch of Dropping off the Edge by Professor Tony

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Farid Pathang and his family are from a Bangladeshi village. "Before we received support from Caritas life was very difficult. It was hard to survive," said Farid. Families struggled to grow enough food to eat. They lived a subsistence

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Addressing a Lenten retreat for the Pope and top Vatican officials, Italian Cardinal Giacomi Biffi has cited a Russian philosopher's "prophetic" warning that "the Antichrist presents himself as a pacifist, ecologist and

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Christians are facing "big problems" in Iraq, the director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine's Iraq director says, while some Catholic refugees who have fled the war-torn country say they were safer under Saddam. The Catholic News

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As he presented his credentials to East Timor's president, the country's new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, has urged the Church and government to work together to free the people from conflict. UCA News reports that Archbishop

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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