The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the war against jihadism, a war bin Laden had declared against the United States in a 1996 fatwa that mandated the killing of Americans wherever they could be targeted. But it did take one key leader of jihadist Islam

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Education again dominated the agenda. Victorians mourned the untimely passing ofa teacher and student ,and the ACU vocational leadership program inspired students in Sydney's west (pictured).The Sisters of Mercy celebrated 150 years with a big climb in

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A mixed week of news: Canadian natives asked Jesuits to help preserve their language, China called for Vatican action to improve relations, and "Priest Prohibited" road signs caused anger in Austria. A documentary found that shopping in Apple stores triggers

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John O'Callaghan reached his 100th birthday, and a bit more, after a life devoted to teaching mathematics. Born at Stockton near Newcastle in 1910, his family was poor. But John was a good student and won a scholarship to St Patrick's College, Goulburn.

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The Rhythm of Being: The Gifford Lecture Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010. pp. 413 This is the final work of Catalan-Indian inter-religious scholar Raimon Panikkar (1918–2010). It represents the fruit of nine decades of life and reflection on the

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Vast amounts of state aid, and governments imposing endless regulations, are not the way to solve global poverty. Rather it will be done through trade, private enterprise and helping populations in poor countries to contribute to their own prosperity. This

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A three-year international research project, directed by two academics at the University of Oxford, finds that humans have natural tendencies to believe in gods and an afterlife, Health Canal reports. The $2.7 million project involved 57 researchers who

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John 14:1-14 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare

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I often reflect on the criticism that some Christians are “so heavenly-minded they are no earthly good”. This is a caricature with an element of truth in it, writes Fr Noel Connolly on the St Columbans Mission Society website. It is the criticism

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Christopher West was a respected expert on Catholic sexual ethics until 2009, when in a TV interview he compared John Paul II to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner - both were reacting against a negative puritanical view of sexuality and the human body, said

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The sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments, with similar hierarchies, oral authority and isolated working environments, reports NCR. And because the church, like the police, has

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A modest week, led by warm educational response to the Budget, a stand against the anti-chaplaincy push and a new young artist in Sydney's west. Push for form of sharia law in Australia (Australian) Warrnambool schools to defy anti-chaplaincy push

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Big themes dominated the agenda. The Swiss voted to not to lift euthanasia restrictions, UK bishops considered reinstating holy days, a Scottish bishop condemned an attack on Catholic schools, and the Pope met the new Arab league secretary. Swiss say no to

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David Cairns, who has died aged 44 from acute pancreatitis, was a Scottish Labour MP who was sacked from his ministerial job in 2008 after declining to express confidence in Gordon Brown's leadership. According to The Guardian's obituary, this was widely

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The Good Book: a secular Bible, A.C. Grayling, Bloomsbury, $49.99A year or two ago some supporters of prominent atheist Richard Dawkins arranged for London buses to carry the slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." This

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Blogger Bill Tammeus looks at the clergy sex abuse scandals in light of the recent US public TV series on forgiveness and its associated book Forgiveness: A Time to Love, a Time to Hate.Tammeus is a retired reporter and editorial page columnist for The Kansas

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Cancer survivor Kathleen Evans at the chapel in Kensington erected by Mary MacKillop and opened in 1876. Photo: Stephen Gray --- In a 1997 Commodore station-wagon, towing a 33-year-old caravan, sit Kathleen and Barry Evans travelling south from New South

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John 10:1-10 ‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him,

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For many years, I've had a bias against Mothers' Day. I'm not against the concept, it's a private grudge. My own mother died 40 years ago and my ignoring of the celebration has been payback to the universe for that perceived injustice. But time heals and

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Jesuit Father Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos, secretary of social justice and ecology for the Society of Jesus, explains the intertwined nature of working for social justice with a connection to ecological issues during this video interview he recently

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