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  • Have nots missing out in vote buying extravaganza
    Catholic Welfare Australia calls on all parties to take the time in the final week of the election to clearly outline programs to help Australia's most disadvantaged: the homeless, the hungry, the mentally ill and the chronically unemployed
    - Catholic Welfare Australia


  • VOTF welcomes Wilson initiative, with reservations
    Voice of the Faithful says it is "delighted" with Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson's initiative last month in establishing a child protection council in his Archdiocese However, the group has also urged the members of the proposed Council "to promote accountability and transparency in all areas of Church life" if the Council is to gain real credibility - VOTF


  • Teacher arrested in child porn sting
    A Victorian teacher who underwent police checks before being registered in 2001 has been arrested over alleged possession of child pornography, the Catholic church reported last week. Teachers and students at the Catholic primary school in Melbourne's south-east will be offered counselling following investigations into the 26-year-old teacher - the Age


  • Melbourne Schools abandon 'Eve'
    Brian Haill, the founder/president of the Australian AIDS Fund Incorporated, a Melbourne-based Catholic AIDS agency, claims that the Melbourne Archdiocese and CEO are distancing themselves from an event he established almost 20 years ago - Schools Aids Day. "Archbishop Hart has limited the Archdiocese's HIV/AIDS ministry to a part time chaplaincy-style service, located at a secret Melbourne address, with an unpublicised 'phone number - a woeful response in one of the world's richest countries to the AIDS pandemic," Haill said
    - aids.net


  • Ideology dictated refugee policy, Edmund Rice Centre finds
    A damning report into the Australian Government's attitude towards rejected asylum seekers was released last week. The Edmund Rice Centre's Phil Glendenning said that 35 out of 40 deportees interviewed are now living in danger, and another 10 are in so much danger it was not safe to interview them. "It's fairly clear from this particular study that Australia has been putting people into situations where there lives are at risk once they've been removed from this country," Mr Glendenning said - edmund rice centre


  • World Food Day 2004
    World Food Day is to take place this October 16th. Force ten is calling for volunteers to help on this day - forceten.org


  • New Website for Bishops
    The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has re-launched its web site. Bishops' Committee for the Media Chairman, Archbishop Barry Hickey, said he was delighted with the new site, which was more modern in design, easy to navigate and simple to use. One feature of the new site is the updated membership database of the Catholic GST Religious Group. The database can be searched by ABN, legal name, trading name or postcode - acbc


  • WCC highlights peacemaking efforts of Churches
    The Major The World Council of Churchs' US Conference international conference, which begins today in Atlanta, Georgia, is to focus on the role of the Churches in peacemaking in the world. The newly elected General Secretary of the WCC, Dr Samula Kobia, will speak along with Martin Luther King III, and Ambassador Andrew Young - wcc.org


  • Roman Catholic Church furious over Spain's gay marriage plan
    Spain's cabinet proposed legislation Friday that would allow same-sex couples to marry and gays to adopt children, pressing ahead with its liberal agenda despite vociferous opposition from the influential Roman Catholic Church. Parliament was expected to debate the issue and adopt the measure in the next few months. - advocate.com


  • Catholic Church internet site to announce Gospels
    Tajikistan's Catholic Church launched its own internet site on the feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of missions, which is also the seventh anniversary of the Sui Iuris mission to this Central Asian country - asianews.it


  • Catholic Church Abhors Economic Injustices Under Transitional Government
    Monrovia : The Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia has expressed abhorrence over the unprecedented wave of social and economic injustices being perpetrated against the Liberian people under the National Transitional Government of Liberia - allafrica.com



  • Creative recruiting for priesthood
    Christopher Habal's band tours high schools run by the Catholic Church in the Philippines with the message that it's cool to join the priesthood. The all-male group raps, sings and plays the latest pop songs, accompanied by a magician and female dancers from a Jesuit university. Then comes Habal's pitch to the students to consider a career as a cleric - manilatimes.net






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