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  • Catholic address policing in a multi-ethnic society
    UK: The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) in partnership with the Catholic Police Guild (CPG) has met to explore the delicate issue of policing in a multi-ethnic society. Both groups are interested in what Christians can do to facilitate dialogue between the police and black and minority ethnic communities - UK Bishops Conference


  • Pope Appeals to U.S. Catholic Institutions to Evangelize Culture
    "Now Is the Hour of the Lay Faithful," He Says The Church's educational and charitable institutions in the United States face the challengeof evangelizing "a society increasingly in danger of forgetting its spiritual roots," says John Paul II. - zenit.org


  • Pope gives top position to Boston's Cardinal Law
    The former Archbishop of Boston, accused of covering up the activities of paedophile priests and forced to resign, was given a prestigious sinecure by the Pope last week. Cardinal Bernard Law was appointed as Archpriest of the St Mary Major basilica - buzzle.com


  • Chicago: Catholic gay activists denied communion
    A group of rainbow sash wearing Catholic gay activists were denied communion by their parish priests last week. The group were protesting a directive from the Arcbishop that they were acting against Church teaching by 'advertising' their homosexuality - reuters


  • NZ Schools act on cellphones
    Catholic schools in Auckland are restricting the use of cellphones by students to minimise the trouble they can cause. "Text bullying" has been reported at a number of schools, and was linked to a student suicide in at least one case- NZ Catholic


  • Aboriginal people need real representation - Saunders
    "Mainstreaming" of Indigenous-specific programs and services could be a retrograde step, according to Bishop Christopher Saunders, chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Bishop Saunders said that the proposed transfer of programs once delivered by ATSIC to a number of different government beaucracies "was a concern" - ACSJC


  • Indigenous diabetes may be twice as common as first thought
    An analysis of the Unity of First People of Australia's diabetes prevention program at Noonkanbah Station in the Kimberley by Princess Margaret Hospital has indicated that the incidence of diabetes in that Aboriginal community could be 85% higher than official records show - Kimberley Community Profile


  • Dispute ends with $6000 offer to Catholic teachers
    The Independent Education Union has declared the 15-month industrial dispute in Catholic schools over and will recommend a 'yes vote' to teachers and support staff - Southern Cross


  • Frank Morrisey to visit Australia
    The eminent canon lawyer, Rev. Frank G. Morrisey, o.m.i., will be visiting Australia in August. Canadian born Dr Morrisey is a former Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts and currently Consultor to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He will be in Australia at the invitation of Catholic Health Care Services - online catholics


  • Blake Prize opens at ACU National Strathfield
    The touring exhibition of the $10,000 Blake Prize for Religious Art was formally opened by Australian Catholic University (ACU National) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sheehan AO, at the ACU National Gallery, Strathfield Campus on Thursday, 27 May. The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, from 28 May to 19 June.-ACU


  • "Heartening Bulk Billing rates"
    Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the rise in bulk billing rates by GPs for the March quarter. CEO Francis Sullivan said "It is certainly heartening to see the rate begin to rise, and it is in the interests of all Australians that the trend remains on the increase." - Catholic Health Australia


  • Tears of the Madonna
    Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has announced an investigation into reports of weeping and bleeding religious statues, pictures and crucifixes after thousands of people started flocking to witness the strange phenomena at the Vietnamese Catholic Centre at Inala, in the city's west- Catholic Leader









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