Reacting to deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Lebanon's government and between Hamas and Fatah forces in Gaza, Pope Benedict has renewed his appeal for an end to violence in the region while emphasising the need for "new ways of

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Denouncing mining companies working in the Philippines as modern-day Trojan horses, Filipino Bishop Zacarias Jimenez has endorsed a major Columban-commissioned report which accuses the country of being "among the worst countries in the world" for

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Health Minister Tony Abbott, a prominent Catholic, has accused Labor leader Kevin Rudd of trying to "commandeer God for political purposes", telling a Melbourne conference that Jesus did not say "that the best way to feed the hungry ... was to

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Community and parent groups in Victoria are claiming that some Catholic schools are cheaper than the state system while a survey shows that public and Catholic schools in South Australia are the most expensive in the nation. The Herald-Sun reports that

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"Latin is dying in the Church" as neither bishops or young priests are studying the language, says the papal translator who prepared the Latin version of Benedict's encyclical Deus Caritas Est. Although Milwaukee-born Carmelite Fr Reginald

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Forty years ago this week Ronald Ryan had a noose put around his neck at the former Pentridge Prison in Victoria. With the authority of the state government, he was killed. Ryan was the last man hanged in Australia, and many believe he will always retain

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It's not often that junk television influences world politics, but it happened this month in the case of the British program, "Celebrity Big Brother." During the course of the show one of the participants, Indian film star Shilpa Shetty, was

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Pope Benedict has warned against "a distorted interpretation" of canonical norms that may have led to a massive rise in the number of annulment cases being considered by church courts. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Pope Benedict ordered

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Health Minister Tony Abbott will today tell a Melbourne book launch that with eight Catholics now in Federal Cabinet, BA Santamaria's DLP is still alive inside the Liberal Party though he concedes that Labor's Catholic-influenced "shoppies' union"

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An American Jesuit priest, Robert Drinan, who represented the US state of Massachusetts as a Congressman for ten years before bowing to a Holy See directive prohibiting priests from political office has died aged 86. An internationally known human rights

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The revamped bishops' Office for Employment Relations has a new director, Ms Susan O'Connor, who took up her post yesterday, according to an Australian Catholic Bishops Conference announcement. According to the statement, Ms O'Connor was previously the

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The Vatican's Secretary of State has presented a spirited defence of Pope Pius XII's role during World War II in protecting Jews as a former KGB spy reveals a deliberate super-secret Soviet plan to smear the Pope as an anti-Semitic Nazi

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An Indian priest who was ordained at 70 with special Holy See permission following his wife's death, and whose eldest son was also a priest, has died one day after blessing the marriage of his granddaughter. UCA News reports that Fr Kanjooparambil Chacko

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If I were gay and wanted to give a child a home, my first thought would not be to head off to a Catholic adoption agency. Any more than if I were a man, I would take my medical problems to a well-women clinic. Not unless I was looking for confrontation;

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My wife and I last year spent a month of our long-service leave in Ghana as volunteer teachers. The school in which we worked, we were informed in advance, was poor. This we found to be an understatement; it was very, very poor. We walked most of the 3km

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Opening a seminar on the social doctrine of the Church, a Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace official has identified three main weaknesses of the Catholic world, including loss of identity, lack of understanding on bioethical issues and failure to

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Former Victorian premier John Cain, whose father's government was destroyed by the 1950s Labor split, has criticised Tony Abbott for painting a benign picture of BA Santamaria and his mentor, then Melbourne Archbishop Daniel Mannix, who he says promoted a

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Two American men are calling for the prosecution of a former Victorian priest, Paul Ryan, who is already serving a prison sentence in Australia for indecent assault, over offences alleged to have occurred while he was serving at a US parish. The

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Scottish Church officials say that they are prepared to break the law but will not close down Catholic adoption agencies after a Blair government refusal to exempt them from complying with proposed new rules allowing gay adoption. The Scotsman reports

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Hanoi Cardinal Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet says that last weekend's meeting between Pope Benedict and the Vietnam Prime Minister is a positive sign while a Government official hails warming relations between the two states as "a model for other countries

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