Police have released a computer-generated image of a man they are seeking over an attack on Melbourne priest Fr Michael Shadbolt who was beaten in his Doveton presbytery last week after he disturbed a burglar. The Herald-Sun reports that Fr Shadbolt

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Members of murdered Griffith teenager Andrew Farrugia's band played their newly composed tribute to their colleague, "Waiting for you", in front of a crowd of over 700 mourners at Sacred Heart Church yesterday. The funeral for the 17-year-old,

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The Government's decision to fund pregnancy counselling with input from Catholic agencies is controversial but preoccupation with the issue overlooks a larger question. Over four years the Government will spend $15.5 million on the pregnancy advice hotline

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The Vatican secretary of state said the Polish church under the former communist regime was the "victim of abuse, forced to live in moments of uncertainty, even compromise." Poland was apparently not alone in this. Records released in recent years

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A US air attack on a Somali village suspected to be sheltering al-Qaeda terrorists "risks throwing fuel on an already explosive situation" and is unlikely to boost support for the country's fragile transition government, a bishop responsible for

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 Pope Benedict continues to attract large crowds to all his talks with figures for attendance at Vatican public events up again in 2006 over 2005 figures - the last year with John Paul II as Pope. Zenit reports that more than 3.2 million faithful and

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Centacare has defended its role in the Government's new pregnancy counselling service, saying the agency would be involved in developing a manual for counsellors and is "well suited" to the task. The Catholic Weekly reports that Centacare

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Concluding their annual plenary which focused on the vocation and role of the laity, Indian bishops have committed the Church to urgently establishing participatory structures for lay people and a system of accountability for bishops and priests. UCA News

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The number of people formally leaving the Austrian Church in the wake of a series of sex scandals dropped by 18 per cent in 2006 compared to the previous year while church attendances in Ireland have also levelled off after a similar series of

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"Where to eat", "Where to sleep" and "Where to wash" in Rome are among the section headings of a new guidebook for the homeless published by the St Egidio Community in Rome and which has been dubbed the "Michelin Guide for

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At a time when many world political leaders have lost their moral authority, it is religious leaders who are fighting the good fight. Only religious leaders seem willing to come to the defence of our society's most disadvantaged and to condemn political

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Debates over what "Catholic identity" entails in the domain of liturgical speech and practice will be with us for some time to come. Last week brought a classic case in point with an address by American Bishop Donald Trautman, chair of the US

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Catholic Health Australia CEO, Francis Sullivan, says that the Australian Medical Association had been "sold a googly" running an "anti-Catholic line" after its president said doctors want state governments to stop contracting to Catholic

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Following the rejection of his second appeal to the Holy See Congregation for the Clergy against the reinstatement of a controversial priest, Sale Bishop Jeremiah Coffey has launched a new appeal to the Vatican's highest court, the Signatura. A spokesman

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Covering a crucifix on the walls of a hospital ward does not reflect a drift to secularism or political correctness, says Bishop Justin Bianchini from Geraldton, WA, defending the practice of a local Catholic hospital to occasionally remove religious images

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World Youth Day 2008 participants from the poorest countries will pay the lowest registration fees while participants from industrialised nations such as Australia will pay the most in a solidarity pricing scheme adopted for the world event. Catholic News

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According to a recent survey, only 51 per cent of French people now identify themselves as Catholic, down from 80 per cent a decade ago, with the number of professed atheists rising to 31 per cent. The shift has lead some commentators to lament that the

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Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has renewed its attack on the Dakar motor rally following the death of a participant, condemning the race as a bloody, violent, irresponsible and cynical imposition of questionable Western tastes on the developing

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This week CathNews presents the top stories from 2006. This story was originally published on 2 March 2006 Pope Benedict XVI has renounced one of the traditional titles of the Roman Pontiff by dropping the title "Patriarch of the West."

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This week CathNews presents the top stories from 2006. This story was originally published on 16 January 2006 Divorce is not a sin, and in some circumstances it is even a valid course of action, an outspoken former Vatican official has told an Italian

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