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Catholics called to help refugees

Catholics called to help refugees

CATHOLICS in Australia and around the world should lead the way in welcoming and defending the dignity of asylum seekers, a new document issued by the Vatican says.

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The mission belongs to God

The mission belongs to God

Divine Word Missionary Professor Stephen Bevans led participants at a recent mission conference in Sydney to reflect on how the Church is called to be partners in God's mission and how Jesus is the model for it to choose. DEBRA VERMEER reports

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Confrontation met with calm

Confrontation met with calm

United States prolife campaigner David Bereit had the perfect response for pro-abortion protesters in Sydney recently, as CATHERINE SMIBERT reports

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WYD is changing the world

WYD is changing the world

Two Australian bishops who accompanied pilgrims to World Youth Day 2011 in Spain reflect on the blessings and challenges of the event as they speak with PAUL DOBBYN

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Social justice call for gamblers

Social justice call for gamblers

THE "terrible toll" of problem gambling cannot be dealt with unless Church and community groups "match the noises coming from the pro-pokies lobby", a St Vincent de Paul Society spokesman has warned.

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God answers unspoken prayers

God answers unspoken prayers

A Melbourne couple placed their complete trust in God when their fifth child came hastily into the world, journalist SELINA VENIER shared in their joy

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Bridging troubled island waters

Bridging troubled island waters

The Church is playing a key role in providing pastoral care to asylum seekers, including a special outreach on Christmas Island. Communications officer for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference BETH DOHERTY sheds light on this effort

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Addressing the issue of abuse

Addressing the issue of abuse

Church leaders have spoken out in support of the Australian Government's recent landmark apology to Australians who have experienced abuse in children's homes and institutions. In the wake of the apology journalist PAUL DOBBYN spoke to several Church figures with close involvement in dealing with such issues

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