Even though St Patrick's Day has not yet arrived, I have already received several cards and messages. Some came the old-fashioned way, delivered by the postman, but most were like my friend Colleen's, the virtual variety, and arrived with a "ping'

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Commenting on the Vatican critique of Fr Jon Sobrino's theology, fellow Jesuit Fr Andrew Hamilton, who has worked with the Spanish theologian in El Salvador, says that Christ hides his divinity in such "exigent places". Writing in Eureka

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Welfare agencies are pressing the NSW government to implement recommendations from the recent Vinson report to give funding priority to so-called "poverty code" areas where intergenerational poverty is concentrated. The welfare agencies say

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A Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, who advocates spiritual solutions to violence and warns against identifying Christianity with European civilisation, has won the prestigious Templeton Prize for progress on spiritual issues. The Malaysia

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Warragamba priest Fr John Evans is among a group of 42 NSW victims who lost their homes in a Christmas 2001 bushfire who are suing the State Government over an alleged failure to warn residents of the blaze. The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Evans

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A bedridden Spanish woman who suffered from muscular dystrophy for more than twenty years has died at her own request after she was transferred from a Catholic to a state hospital where her respirator was switched off. The West Australian reports

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Representing the Catholic NGO Maryknoll at a United Nations conference on the status of women, a young Masai woman who recently escaped a forced marriage in Tanzania has called on the international body to work for an end to the practice. Voice of

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In the 1970s a number of theologians proceeded to deny that the Scriptures, the Tradition and the hierarchy have any "strong" magisterium in moral matters. We are all well aware of how thoroughly the 1970s-80s style of moral thinking filtered

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I was born out of the black dust of Walgett country, in far north-western NSW, with a mostly indigenous population. There wasn't much learning going on at school. Rather, like other kids in Walgett and Dubbo, I learned how to smoke pot, drink, steal

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Distinguishing "Islamists" from the "many wonderful Muslims" he says he has met, Sydney Cardinal George Pell says that most victims of "extreme Muslims" are in fact Muslims. Speaking at a "deliberative poll"

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With less than 500 days left in the countdown to World Youth Day in Sydney, Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile has announced that the Government will grant free three-month visas for all participants. "A three-month visa will allow those visitors

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Acting quickly in the wake of the resignation before his installation of Warsaw archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus, Pope Benedict has named Bishop Kazimierz Nycz as his replacement. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Poland announced the appointment on

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A high ranking Vatican official has restated Church teaching on Masonic associations, saying that Catholics who enrol in such associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive communion. Apostolic Penitentiary regent, Bishop Gianfranco

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Although there are still few women working at the highest levels of the Holy See hierarchy, the percentage of women working in Vatican offices has nearly doubled from 11 to 21 per cent since the beginning of John Paul II's pontificate. According to a

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Edmund Rice Camps is one of a growing number of small charities and church groups who have turned to the social networking website, MySpace, as a means of raising their profiles - and funds for their activities. The Age reports that MySpace is

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Each time I look at the World Youth Day website the number of people expected to participate keeps rising. Many of the Australian participants will fly in to Sydney. More than 100,000 international visitors are also expected - nearly all of whom will

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My seminary studies were done at a time of upheaval in the Church. It was a time of great liturgical ferment, as "the new Mass" in English appeared and took hold. But in my work with the Roman Missal Editorial Committee, I have been forced to

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Declaring that he admires Kevin Rudd as a "serious Christian", Health Minister Tony Abbott, a Catholic, says that that it is not sectarian to question the Opposition Leader's religious credentials. "If it was not sectarian for Rudd to

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The Holy See's permanent observer, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, told the United Nations last week that women "bear the brunt of the world's child prostitution, sexual exploitation, abuse, domestic violence, child labour and human

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A new building featuring rooftop solar panels and energy-efficient lighting being developed by the Archdiocese of Adelaide to house SA Water and facilities for St Aloysius' College will be South Australia's first six-star green office

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