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  • Pope's failing health overshadows Lourdes visit
    LOURDES, France : Pope John Paul II delivered a strong pro-life message during open air mass at the shrine to the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, the highlight of a two-day visit which again saw his failing health betray him
    - Newsasia

  • Portland archbishop testifies at bankruptcy hearing
    US: Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny testified Aug. 6 before a federal bankruptcy court, saying it was ultimately his decision, not the Vatican's, to file for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection for the archdiocese, a first for any Catholic diocese - catholicnews.com

  • California Supreme Court Rules Gay Unions Have No Standing
    The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a blitz of same-sex weddings here in February and March had no standing under state law and declared the marriages "void and of no legal effect from their inception." - new york times

  • Catholic International Eucharistic, Marian year starts
    Rev. Antonio Franco, the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, urged Catholics across the country to renew and strengthen their faith in Christ and their devotion to the Virgin Mary to heal the wounds of society
    - newsinquirer.net

  • Seminary pupil avoids jail for child porn
    A former Catholic seminary student from Poland was convicted of possessing child pornography yesterday and received a six-month suspended sentence
    - independent.co.uk

  • Catholics lobby says letter questions ethics of public debate
    Australian Political Ministry Network (PolMin) has said that a former senior public servant's letter to yesterday's Australian newspaper has raised further serious questions about the ethical quality of public debate and information - cathnews

  • Schools mean little in uni dropout rates
    Neither a private, nor a Catholic school education is a guarantee of success at university, according to research - news.com

  • Prosecutors block child sex charges
    The Office of Public Prosecutions is refusing to press charges against one of Victoria's most notorious pedophiles, former priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale, despite nine more victims coming forward since his conviction on 46 charges - the age.com

  • Innocent Victims - Children's drawings from Woomera
    Uniya's Sr Patty Fawkner SGS this week launched an exhibition of drawings by detained children at the Woomera Detention Centre - uniya.org

  • Brisbane Bishop meets West Papua activist
    Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman has met with West Papuan human rights advocate John Rumbiak - catholic leader

  • Prof Roger Short presents findings to Thai AIDs Conference
    Prof Roger Short of Melbourne University has persuaded the Thai Ministry of Public Health and the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) to host human clinical trials of lemon juice as a microbicide. Laboratory trials in Melbourne suggest the AIDs virus can be treated with lemon juice, Prof Short claims - aids.net.au

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