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Pope gives thanks on80th birthday

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Blending celebrations of his 80th birthday with the Jubilee for Priests, Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass praising God for the gift of his priesthood and reached out to priests who have left the ministry...

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Third secret ‘not essential to faith’

ROME (CNS): The Vatican's top doctrinal official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said the third secret of Fatima contains no dogma of faith and, like other private revelations, is "not essential" for Christians...

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Jury still out on Shroud of Turin

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The scientific jury is still out on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Christ, said Archbishop Severino Poletto of Turin...

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Fireworks tragedy

PINE Rivers parishioners have united to grieve for an 11 year-old schoolgirl who died in a fireworks tragedy at the parish school's fete on May 20...

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Ray of hope amid tragedy

IN this week's People profile, Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Pamela Barker tells how, by co-ordinating fundraising for Zoe's Place, a planned Brisbane hospice and respite centre for children with life-limiting illnesses, she also hopes to help save the marriages of their parents...

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Catholic Education week

EDUCATORS, students and parents will descend on Brisbane's city centre from May 21-28 to celebrate Queensland Catholic Education Week, with a ceremony at St Stephen's Cathedral, and live lunchtime music and dance performances in the Queen Street Mall...

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Defining the family

AS Queensland president of the Australian Family Association, I attended the gathering in Melbourne entitled "Family - Dare to Dream" and I must take up the issue of the definition of family referred to both in your editorial (CL7/5/00) and the subsequent letter by Chris Christensen (CL 14/5/00)...

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Tireless Pope turns 80

POPE John Paul turned 80 on Thursday, an age at which most people are ready to slow down and take life a little easier...

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