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Tackling the death penalty

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) launched its latest paper - Confronting the Death Penalty: People, politics and principle - in Brisbane on December 20. PETER BUGDEN gives an account of what's in this paper.

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Family must come first: Pope urges

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Anything that threatens the traditional family threatens peace, because the family "is the first and indispensable teacher of peace", Pope Benedict XVI said...

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Prelate pleads for equality

GENEVA (CNS): Governments, faith communities and individuals should strive to promote freedom, equality and social justice while respecting the world's different cultures and religions, a Vatican official said...

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A life of faith and hope

Hope is central to Christmas, and hope has been the foundation of David and Celena McGovern's life together. Reporter SELINA HARRIS gives an insight into their special story.

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Answering God’s call

Two young men on their way to becoming priests for Brisbane archdiocese have been ordained deacons in recent weeks. Reporter SELINA HARRIS talks to them about their journey.

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Lourdes plenary indulgence granted

VATICAN CITY (CNS): To mark the 150th anniversary of Mary's appearance to St Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France, Pope Benedict XVI authorised a special indulgence to encourage renewed holiness...

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Pope responds to Muslim letter

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI has responded to a letter from 138 Muslim scholars by inviting a group of them to meet with him and with the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue...

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Hopes for Holy Land peace

BALTIMORE (CNS): As key leaders from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria and other nations gathered in Annapolis for a November 26-28 Middle East peace conference and related meetings, local Catholic leaders said they were hopeful the meetings would trigger further discussions for making a lasting peace in the Holy Land...

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Pope urges environmental protection

VATICAN CITY (Zenit): Pope Benedict XVI says a "moral awakening" in favour of the environment is needed, and rich countries should not abuse the resources of developing nations...

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