Year of highs and lows

As I take some time out to reflect on the year that was, I realise that 2014 was a year of highs and lows for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, writes the head of the ACBC, Archbishop Denis Hart.

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Largely positive report

The final report of a controversial six-year Vatican investigation of tens of thousands of US Catholic women religious has taken a roundly positive tone towards them but also includes several barbed criticisms, says the Global Sisters Report.

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Rescued children with soldiers

Pakistani Christians have condemned a brutal Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar overnight that killed 141 people, 132 of them children, reports The Tablet.

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NSW Catholic school students have taken first place in 20 subjects in the 2014 Higher School Certificate, according to data released yesterday by the NSW Board of Studies.

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Change after 114 years

It's been 114 years in the making, but St Joseph's Church in Bulli, south of Sydney, has a new church bell tower just in time for Christmas, reports the ABC.

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Remember the immigrants

Christmas is what we make of it. For Christians, there are some very specific things you can’t do if you want to actually honour Jesus. So, here are “10 Things Christians Shouldn’t Do At Christmas.”

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Rachael Jacobs

The simple offer by Rachael Jacobs, a lecturer in education at ACU, to walk with a Muslim woman as they got off a Brisbane train while the Sydney siege was unfolding, sparked a social media campaign under the hashtag #illridewithyou.

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Emotional service

A city's heart is broken and "hell has touched us," the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, told mourners at an emotional service at St Mary's yesterday, following the end of a siege that left two hostages dead, reports the SMH.

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Notre Dame University

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Bill Crews

The Exodus Foundation has been providing a free hot Christmas lunch for over 20 years. This year, 3000 people are expected to be served in two huge sittings. Compass follows some of the Exodus regulars in the lead-up to the big day.

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Call for agreement

As United Nations leaders gathered at the climate summit in Peru last week, Pope Francis and bishops from around the world called for a global climate treaty and an end to the use of fossil fuels, says Catholic EarthCare Australia.

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Parolin and Kerry

The Vatican's Secretary of State has discussed the continued functioning of the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, reports NCR Online.

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St Thomas More church

An English priest who left active ministry after admitting a relationship with a woman is being replaced by a married priest, reports The Tablet.

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Russell Crowe excels

Inspired by true events, this Australian historical drama is the first feature movie directed by Russell Crowe. The story has been adapted from a screenplay written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios.

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Presentation sisters

Presentation Sisters are called to encounter God in the heart of the world and to continue the mission of Jesus in the spirit of their founder Nano Nagle. 

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Refugee with child

Pope Francis has addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle-East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Awkward phrases

Pope Francis tosses off-the-cuff quotes that the public finds enormously appealing. But when Francis speaks about women, his language is on less comfortable ground.

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Avoid simplistic cliches

When Tim Gunn, Lady Gaga, Isaac Newton or Leonardo da Vinci declares themselves celibate, no one fears that will make them a danger to the public, writes the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP.

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Dalai Lama rebuffed

A gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Rome has been overshadowed by reports that Pope Francis refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama, the 1989 laureate, for fear of offending China, reports The New York Times.

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Landmark report

The Church is not considering abandoning its requirement for priests to be celibate, despite a report by the Truth Justice and Healing Council which acknowledges that the policy may contribute to child sexual abuse, reports The Guardian.

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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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