The Vatican has released the discussion paper for the next Synod of Bishops, the 13th General Assembly, the details of which are available online. www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20110202_lineamenta-xiii-assembly_en.html

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Hall Pass, a new film from the Farrelly Brothers (Dumb and Dumber) is about two married men with families, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis), who believe like children that nobody can see the way they gawk, snigger and gesture obscenely at any

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Pope Benedict --- Pope Benedict said humanity's selfishness is causing the earth to cry out in pain, said a report by the Vatican Information service and AKI. The pontiff was announcing the motto of this year's Fraternity Campaign, an annual initiative

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Bishop Christopher Saunders --- The announcement of the construction of a 1500-bed detention centre on the outskirts of Darwin reveals, once more, Australia's 'hard-hearted' response to asylum seekers, says the Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social

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Lighting a votive candle, on Flickr --- Some 600 Anglicans, with at least 20 members of their clergy throughout England and Wales, formally joined the newly established Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Ash Wednesday, said reports in the

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Bishop Pat Power --- The Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra, Pat Power, said he did not indicate to a journalist "that my possible retirement was in any way connected with not receiving a reply to a letter I wrote to the Pope about the critical shortage of

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In an unprecedented move, a total of 21 priests in the US Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been placed on leave over sexual abuse cases, reports Catholic News Service. Parishes where the priests had been assigned were informed of the action at Masses on

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The launch of the My School 2.0 website has debunked repeated claims by the Australian Education Union and other groups that Catholic schools are overfunded, said a report in the Catholic Weekly. The Catholic Education Office (CEO), Sydney, and the National

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Image from the Catholic News Service report --- Pope Benedict has presented Jesus as a reconciler, not a political revolutionary or mere moralist in his new book on Christ. He writes of "the real Jesus" as the son of God who inaugurated a new

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Image from the Parramatta Advertiser --- Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid has denied links to a letter allegedly written by him to Catholic community leaders slamming fellow Catholic councillors for voting against church ownership of the old Kings School

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Caritas Australia and prominent chef Peter Doyle are presenting a 'Fish Friday' in Martin Place in the Sydney CBD today from 12pm-2pm as part of fundraising efforts for this year's Project Compassion, said a media release. For the second year running, top

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Screenshot from the 'Support Asia Bibi' page on Facebook --- The Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy has voiced her "pain and concern" over the assasination of the country's Catholic minister for minorities - and said she feared she

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Screenshot from video, Egypt Coptic Christians protest in Cairo - no comment on Dailymotion.com ---  Sectarian violence in Cairo has left 13 people dead after clashes between Christians and Muslims. Diehard supporters of the old regime also

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Image from Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan Foundation --- The Australian pilgrim centre in Rome, Domus Australia, will feature a portrait of the heroic Vietnamese prelate, Cardinal Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, in its chapel, reports the Catholic

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Image from www.vocationcentre.org.au --- The number of seminarians in Sydney alone - more than 60 - is a testament to the interest in the priesthood among the young, reports the Catholic Weekly. The figure is comprised from 39 at the Seminary of the Good

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The Milk design website carries images and stories about new and innovative designs from all walks of life - including churches. This link highlights a modern church in Portugal, the Chapel in St Maria da Feira (pictured), whose design is both beautiful and

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Michael Northcott (pictured), Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity at the university of Edinburgh, will speak at a two-day workshop in Melbourne starting Friday on Climate Change - The Call to Transformation. The seminar, hosted by Ethos, will focus

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It is remembered as one of the greatest run chases in the history of Australian cricket, but there is a back story to Justin Langer’s famous innings that isn’t so well known, reports Australian Catholics. Retelling the story of his greatest

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In an extraordinary move, Lesley-Anne Knight, my successor as Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis (the Church's international relief agency), has not been granted the nihil obstat (basically, official approval) by the Vatican's Secretariat of State

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Nine monks eat supper around a refectory table. Wordlessly, they sip from glasses of red wine as a cassette player fills the room with the soaring strings of Swan Lake. Some of them weep. They all know they will soon be dead, reports the Australian. This

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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