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Luke 2:1-14 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went

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At Christmas five years ago, people entering St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide were shocked to discover that the nativity crib had been vandalised. Someone had urinated over the statues of Mary and Joseph, and the statue of the baby Jesus in the

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Cardinal Renato Martino, a distinguished Vatican Diplomat, earned a reputation as one of the most vocal prelates on human rights issues. After nearly two decades as the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York City, Martino became the

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Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth, met with Pope Benedict last week to discuss interfaith relations and their common concern for the decline of spiritual values within European culture, reports Vatican

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Qld Catholic schools get a council exemption, an artist walks out of his retrospective in a dispute over censorship and Archbishop Hickey (pictured) calls for religion to return to classrooms. Artist walks out in censorship dispute with gallery (Border

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The confessional goes green in India, Hong Kong activists urge the release of a detained priest, in East Timor Jesuits have returned a school to the Dili diocese and in Minneapolis, a communion wafer was found to have turned red (pictured) because of a

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God's journalist

24-Dec-2011

Cardinal John Patrick Foley heeded God’s “whisper”, as he put it, to become a priest as well as his own inclinations to go to journalism school at 31, then combined the roles as the Vatican’s communications director for almost a

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Ruth Burrows, Love Unknown, Continuum Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing A Carmelite nun, Ruth Burrows devotes an hour each morning and an hour each afternoon to mental prayer.

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In a career spanning more than 35 years as an educator and leader in Queensland schools, Kay Herse says there have been many memorable moments. But the ones that stand out are those revolving around the growth and achievement of individual students or school

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Thank you to all our subscribers and readers for your support during 2011. CathNews will take a short break during the holidays and return on Monday, January 16. We wish you, and your families, all the blessings of the Christmas season, and a happy New

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Pile upon pile of books in his study – not just on shelves but scattered over tables – is evidence that Archbishop Philip Wilson is an avid reader. Despite his hectic schedule as Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide and head of the Australian Catholic

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Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said,

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God comes to meet each of us in the secret place in our heart with the most powerful invitation to follow him and respond to the plan that he has for each of us to contribute to the life of the world, writes Denis Hart, the Archbishop of

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Bishop Thomas Dowd is the first Canadian priest with a blog (titled "Waiting in Joyful Hope"). Now an Auxiliary Bishop in Montreal, Bishop Dowd has extended his online ministry to Facebook and Twitter. In this interview, the bishop offers his

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Catholic Community Services helps the elderly living in squalor, a new deacon for Canberra-Goulburn, Cardinal Pell hails a film censorship reversal, and Northern Territory Bishop Hurley (pictured) warns over the growing divide between rich and

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North Korea warns the South over Christmas lights, the Pope will visit Cuba and Mexico before Easter, the SSPX says it cannot accept Rome's response, Archbishop Chaput says Philadelphia has serious problems and the Roman Missal translation is voted the

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Father Con Keogh was born in 1921, the son of a carpenter in Maldon, Victoria. He was ordained a priest for Sydney Archdiocese, in Rome in 1945, just after the city's liberation. He became a doctor of divinity and theology. Back in Sydney in 1953, while

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Emma Fattorini Polity, Hitler, Mussolini and the Vatican: Pope Pius XI and the Speech that Was Never Made Click here for a 20% discount on this and other books from Church Resources and John Garrett Publishing   This is an English translation

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Fr Peter Puthenkandam’s path to the priesthood began as a primary schoolboy in his native India, where it took two hours to walk there and back to Mass every Sunday with his mother “without fail”, reports the Catholic Religious Australia

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If memory serves, this past year saw electronic books top printed books in the sales figures at Amazon.com. Be that as it may, books -- real books -- still make wonderful Christmas gifts. Here are some recently published (and read) titles I can recommend with

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