ACRATH

28-May-2015
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Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) has a website with a wide range of articles, links, videos on aspects of its activities against human trafficking.

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Friar Finn

A Brazilian investment fund is taking to heart the Vatican’s endorsement of leveraging capitalism’s tools to help address inequality, reports The New York Times on Crux.

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Mark Zuckerberg

The Italian semiotician Umberto Eco famously declared that Macs are Catholic and PCs are Protestant. That analogy can also be applied to the two social media giants shaping the 21st century, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

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Brisbane speaker Dr Maeve  Heaney

The Holy Father named this year as the Year for Consecrated Life, and to support that event in the life of the Church, CathNews teamed up with Catholic Religious Australia, ACU, and CCI for evenings in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

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No restrictions

Paedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale, convicted of more than 100 charges of child sexual abuse during 30 years, began offending before he was ordained and says he worked with no restrictions at any of the parishes he was moved to, reports The Age.

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Urgent call to action

Prominent leaders from diverse religious traditions in Australia have called on MPs for more ambitious post-2020 emissions reduction targets, ahead of separate debates on each side of the political divide.

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Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell has restated his willingness to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in a letter written to the Chair of the Commission.

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Political move

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hinted that same-sex marriage should be brought before Parliament via a cross-party bill, in a major shift in his language on the reform, reports The Sydney Morning Herald

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New vision for hierarchy

Pope Francis wants to redefine the Catholic hierarchy so that it not only outlines and enforces Church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said, reports NCR Online.

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Notre Dame University

Click on Media Releases to read the latest.

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Discussions finalised

The working document for the upcoming Synod on the Family in October will be published in a few weeks, the Vatican announced yesterday, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Columbans website

The Columbans' Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation website carries abundant resources offering food for thought on climate and other social justice issues.

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Bank profit soars

The 2014 net profit of the Vatican Bank has soared, recovering from the expense of last year’s extraordinary overhaul of the organisation’s governance, reports The New York Times in Crux.

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Syrian refugees

The Broken Bay Institute will hold its 2015 eConference on June 23. It is titled Religion: Catalyst for Violence or Peace? Probing the Abrahamic Traditions for Answers.

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Meaning of bells

Before we begin the ringing of new bells for prayer, we must listen to hear if they are already being rung, writes Alice Priest in The Good Oil.

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Priest horrified

The former Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns held "pivotal" responsibility for failing to prevent widespread child sexual abuse at Catholic schools there, his former secretary has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Asking for partners

The Mary MacKillop Foundation is asking not-for-profit organisations and groups to become a 2016 Program Partner, and receive a grant of up to $10,000, to help the most vulnerable or marginalised in the community, reports The Advocate.

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Fast tracking vote

Labor leader Bill Shorten will force Federal Parliament to deal with same-sex marriage next week via a private member's bill co-sponsored by deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Misses the simple things

Pope Francis said that since being elected Pope, he misses being able to “go out in the streets,” or even “going to a pizzeria to eat a good pizza,” reports the Catholic News Agency.

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San Francisco protest

"The religious fabric of the San Francisco archdiocese has been torn, and it did not need to happen. Intentionally or not, it has been wrenched," said Thomas Sheehan, a Stanford University scholar, reports NCR Online.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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