Time for compassion

The long history of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is about to end. This is not just about Mosul. All over the region Christians are leaving, and very soon none will be left, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smth in The Catholic Herald.

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Bombing aftermath

At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's north, police said, reports AFP in Yahoo7.

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Boys play on church grounds

About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighbourhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox church, reports Reuters.

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Hundreds at memorial

Sister Philomene Tiernan touched so many people – students, family, friends and her fellow religious sisters. More than 600 of those whose lives she helped to shape have attended a memorial Mass for her in Sydney, reports the SMH.

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Chiara Rizzo Matacena

The godfather who stands up for a child's baptism one day and spends the rest of the week running a brutal crime ring is not just the stuff of movies. In southern Italy, it's reality and the region's bishops have had enough, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Francis with workers

Pope Francis wandered into the Vatican's employee canteen 'like a thunderbolt out of the blue' on Friday after apparently deciding that he'd like to eat lunch alongside the Vatican's staff, reports the Catholic News Service/Washington Post.

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Cardinal Brady

A new book by an Irish victim of clerical sexual abuse has published alleged details of the role by the Primate of Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, in a cover-up concerning a priest who inflicted abuse on an altar server, reports The Tablet.

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US bishops outraged

US bishops have condemned an executive order by US President Barack Obama which bans federal employment discrimination against transgendered persons - with no exemptions for religious employers, reports Ucanews.

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First feature film

This is the first feature film coming from East Timor, now known as Timor Leste. The action of the film takes place over a crucial 25 years, from the invasion by Indonesia to the vote for independence in 1999, and its immediate aftermath.

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Norbertines

This website is the digital home of the Norbertine Canons of Queens Park in Perth, a group of men animated by the life and example of their founder, St Norbert.  

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Defiance

A campaign has been mounting in the global twittersphere to stand with Iraqi Christians over their expulsion from Mosul, reports Vatican Radio.

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Revisions and reforms

The Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make clerical sexual abuse procedures clearer and more effective, said the President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Moment of joy

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for 'renouncing Islam' sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis yesterday after arriving in Italy en route to the United States, reports AFP in Yahoo7.

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Wounded Israeli soldiers retreat

The Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem said it is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians, adding that 'we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas,' reports CNS.

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Measured and inspired

This is a story about a Council employee, John May (Eddie Marsan), who works in South London in a unit called 'client Services.' His place of employment is as insensitive as it is bureaucratic.

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Patrick Holmes

A 79-year-old Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing two young girls in Perth decades ago, reports the ABC.

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Richly rewarding

Columban Fr Donald Hornsey has spent 40 of his 50 years of priestly life in Latin America, working in all three countries where the Columbans have or had a mission. He spoke with The Far East magazine.

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Archbishop Martin at CSSV breakfast

The Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, Diarmuid Martin, has received Australian Catholic University’s highest honour, Doctor of the University, for his service to Catholic social teaching and justice and peace, reports Melbourne Archdiocese.

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Compromised assistance

We should be grateful that Catholic Education is going to provide education for children on Christmas Island. But we should also ponder the role Church agencies should play when cooperating with government in an unjust policy, writes Mike Bowden.

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Notre Dame University

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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

Mass Online

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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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