Archbishop Gerety in 2014

The world's oldest Bishop, who championed civil rights and promoted equality for women in the Church, has died in New Jersey aged 104, reports Reuters in The Australian.

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Confused by diary note

A senior Church figure has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he gave conflicting accounts of what he meant in a diary entry he made about ex-priest John Farrell, reports AAP in Seven News.

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Gripping drama

This American biographical drama follows the life of Edward Joseph Snowden, the computer expert who leaked classified National Security Agency (NSA) information to the mainstream media.

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Dr Thomson after her installation

Brisbane dentist and lawyer Monica Thomson has been installed as the first Australian female lieutenant of the oldest of all the Orders of Knighthood in the Church. The Catholic Leader tells her story.

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Assisi Peace gathering has lost impact

The Day of Prayer for Peace at Assisi seems to have run its course and something more daring is called for, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald. Francis needs to go to Syria, and Ukraine, and be with those suffering aggression, he contends.

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Use your power wisely

Journalists must not foment fear when covering issues or events such as forced migration due to war or famine, Pope Francis has told representatives of Italy's national association of journalists. The Catholic News Service reports.

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Time running out

Catholic school leaders and parents are becoming increasingly concerned about how schools will be funded from 2018 as an era of uncertainty looms closer, National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox said.

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Orthodox faithful at prayer

Catholic and Orthodox scholars have reportedly reached a landmark agreement on synodality and primacy in the early Church, according to The Catholic Herald.

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Statue to be covered

In a setback to the Archbishop of Bangalore, India's High Court has ordered the reopening of the St Paul the Hermit Church which had been shut down following the erection of a statue of a controversial priest who had died, reports daijiworld.com.

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Vatican conference influential

Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference at the Vatican that called on the Church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, according to Cardinal Peter Turkson. NCR Online has the story.

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Look within first

Inner enemies such as jealousy, envy, revenge, obsessive guilt, pride, and embittered anger can cripple my capacity to reach out to others in a spirit of reconciliation and pardon, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison

Australian Bishops were right to welcome the negotiation between the major political parties that modified some of the humanly destructive elements of the budget package. But it was only a beginning, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ in Eureka Street.

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Farrell had psychological problems

A priest being examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was an "odd bod" with a narcissistic personality who should never have been accepted into the priesthood, according to a Church official, reports the ABC.

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Tony Abbott to speak

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be among key speakers at a Brisbane conference next month aimed at fortifying the relevance of faith in the public square. The Catholic Leader has the story.

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Boko Haram terrorists

Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria have gunned down eight Christians returning from a Sunday church service, according to witnesses and the army, reports AP in Crux.

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Strong rebuttal from scholars

A group of scholars has reaffirmed the Church's prohibition on artificial birth control as outlined in Humanae Vitae, rejecting calls from another group for the Church to change its teaching, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Offshore detention focus

The Prime Minister's announcement that Australia will permanently maintain its annual humanitarian intake is a good start but must not mask the "elephant in the room," the plight of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, writes Phil Glendenning.

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Post offended Muslim friend

Pakistani police say they have arrested a 16-year-old Christian boy on blasphemy charges after he “liked” an “inappropriate” photograph on Facebook of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, reports AP in Crux.

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Impassioned plea for action

The Vatican Secretary of State has pleaded for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes of forced migration, particularly war and arms trading, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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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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