Adelaide Catholic grandmother, Jan Ruff-O'Herne, who was raped "day and night" by Japanese soldiers during World War II, has described a statement by the Japanese Prime Minister denying the existence of wartime sex slavery as

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Stockholm's Catholic Archbishop Anders Arborelius has launched an appeal to the government not to make Sweden an "abortion paradise" following a proposal to open the Nordic country's hospitals to women from countries with tighter abortion

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Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge has commissioned a team of six young people from Corpus Christi parish in South Tuggeranong who will live in community with the parish's priests to prepare for next year's World Youth Day in Sydney. The six team

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While the Howard government weighs up how it will choose to respond to the boatload of men, including 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, now being held on Christmas Island, it is time to remember that these are vulnerable people who have fled from extreme

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Sr Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary, and a number of Catholic sisters were pioneers in the struggle for civil rights in Selma, Alabama back in 1965. It was three days after a peaceful protest march had been brutally attacked by white-supremacist

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Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano has praised an Italian doctor who resigned from the Italian College of Physicians after his colleagues failed to discipline an anaesthetist who unplugged a patient's respirator, ending his

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Days after the US announced that it plans to develop a new hydrogen bomb for submarine-launched ballistic missiles, Glasgow Cardinal Keith O'Brien told a local protest rally that the Scottish bishops' nuclear opposition has Holy See

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A high level delegation from the Holy See has arrived in Hanoi to begin a week's visit described by the local press as the next important span in the "diplomatic bridge" between Vietnam and the Vatican. The open publishing online newspaper

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John Therry Catholic High School in Macarthur, NSW, is open again after a severe storm, which dumped 90mm in less than an hour, left the Wollongong diocese school with only 13 usable classrooms. Flash flooding forced the rationing of classrooms and,

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Trappist monks want to re-open a monastery in the Algerian Atlas mountains where seven fellow French monks were killed by Muslim terrorists in 1996. Zenit reports that four monks from Algeria, France, Spain and Poland had visited Algiers in 1998 to

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Describing it as a lesson in trust, American priest Fr Bill Key volunteers to lead legally blind skiers down the slopes of a US mountain resort. The Milwaukee US Catholic Herald reports that Fr Key, who is pastor at St Joseph Parish in

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This is a year of elections, Federal towards the end of the year, and this month, the statutory four-yearly election in NSW. This is not fresh news. Federal and State politicians have been hard at work for some time convincing us theirs is the party to

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Dili resident Luisa, whose husband was killed by militiamen during the 1999 East Timor independence vote, was evacuated with her children to a refugee safe haven in Sydney. After returning home in June 2000, Luisa began working as a counsellor

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German bishops visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on a peace mission have been accused of anti-Semitism after one bishop compared West Bank conditions with the Warsaw ghetto. Haaretz reports that the comments came during a seven day visit

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Christians have often "lacked the imagination" to use the media well in making known the good news of Jesus Christ, according to the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John P Foley. The Archbishop

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In a ruling described by a Mumbai archdiocese representative as a "landmark", the Indian Maharashtra State Commission has recognised an unborn child as a consumer and therefore entitled to insurance coverage. AsiaNews reports that the

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Responding to what he calls the Opposition's campaign of "innuendo and slime", ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says that he was dining with his wife and a local Catholic priest on the night of the 2003 Canberra firestorm - and not with another

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In a statement for today's International Women's Day, an Asia-Pacific Catholic student group has called for effective work for gender justice and equality and criticised men as the main perpetrators of gender violence. The International Movement of

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A member of online encyclopedia Wikipedia's team of experts, who used Catholicism for Dummies as a source for some of his contributions, has been outed as a 24-year-old college dropout and not a religion professor with a canon law degree. The Age

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My perception of jihad is mostly shaped by the mass media. I used to think jihad referred to the use of physical force or war. I thought engagement in jihad was restricted to the Muslim community. My view of jihad has now changed. I have been convinced

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