Two weeks after Brazilian President Lula da Silva signed an "alliance" with the US to promote ethanol-producing crops, Brazil's Catholic Farmers Pastoral has slammed the deal for enriching landowners at the expense of landless peasants. The

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Trooper Joshua Porter, who died when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the sea off Fiji late last year, has finally been farewelled in a Catholic funeral at Toukley on NSW's Central Coast. Porter and Captain Mark Bingley were killed on 29

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Recalling claims that "Jesus spirit" ended a SARS outbreak in 2003, a Filipino sister has called on global warming to stop "in Jesus' name". UCA News reports that Sr Raquel Reodica of the Religious of the Virgin Mary has prayed

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Muslims won't help their cause if they always claim they are victims and ignore or ridicule the fears, real or exaggerated, of majority Australia. But Melbourne Sheik Mohammed Omran is right in pointing out that we, the majority, have work to do too.

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Only the good die young, they say, and this was a plane full of both the good and the young. Liz O'Neill had worked with refugees before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, where she looked after families and journalists in the ghastly aftermath

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Repentance is the most effective way to change oneself and society, Pope Benedict said yesterday, in a Lenten warning that true conversion is the only path to conquering evil and death. Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Benedict's Sunday talk

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The diocese of Rome has completed its examination of the life and virtues of Pope John Paul II in the first step of the process towards canonisation of the late pontiff. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General for the diocese, announced on

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Fifty per cent of all patients in medical and tuberculosis wards in Port Moresby are admitted due to AIDS, the Papua New Guinea National Catholic AIDS Office says, as fears grow that the disease could kill millions in Australia's northern

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A Tasmanian child abuse campaigner, Walter Tusyn, has called for the State Government to investigate alleged abuse of hundreds of girls at Church-operated commercial laundries in the years after World War II. ABC Regional News quotes Tusyn, a former

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A retired Irish priest is said to be working to reunite his niece with her baby after the child was found abandoned in a Surfers Paradise toilet. The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that the former parish priest who is the uncle of 21 year old Amy

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A leader of China's Catholic affairs association is calling on the nation's Government to encourage Christians to donate bibles to hotels in anticipation of the thousands of visitors expected for next year's Beijing Olympics. "The majority of

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Besieged communities are too often reminded by their elders to sing from the same hymn sheet - on cue and in perfect harmony. But the arrival of the Independent Australia Jewish Voices this month shows there is a growing chorus that is being sung in a

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The decisive question currently facing the American Church in a culture of pluralism is not so much how to evangelise as a fundamentally new way of being Church. Searching for newfangled methods or even eye-catching gimmicks of evangelising before

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Reports say that the Vatican will silence Spanish-born liberation theologian, Jon Sobrino, who works in El Salvador and who narrowly escaped death in a 1989 massacre that killed six fellow Jesuits, after he allegedly failed to affirm Christ's

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The NSW Greens has accused the state government of double standards on the distribution of political material in schools for failing to stop the Catholic Education Commission from distributing a critique of the Greens' education policy. The Sydney

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Vietnam and the Holy See are moving towards establishing diplomatic relations after a Vatican delegation visit this week and an announcement from Rome which has raised hope for a papal visit to the communist country. The International Herald

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Although the Moscow Orthodox Patriarchate has played down a visit today to Pope Benedict by Russian President Vladimir Putin as "only a state visit", the Holy See nuncio to Russia has suggested that the meeting indicates "ecumenical

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One person was killed and several injured after hundreds of shotgun and teargas armed riot police stopped a Harare prayer meeting that had met under the banner of the "Save Zimbabwe campaign". Ekklesia reports that church and civil society

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A German journalist has been fined A$170 after being caught filming three artists who were stealing water from the garden hose at Pope Benedict's Bavarian home to sell on the eBay online auction website. The three men, clad in overalls and wearing

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We've all had the experience of walking away from prayer feeling comforted and heard, and we've all the experience of walking away feeling more cold and alone than before we began. So, are there prayers that work and prayers that don't? Are there good

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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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