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The first Ted film was directed by Seth MacFarlane, best known for creating the profane animated sitcom Family Guy. It's a pity that this sequel too often feels like it was made purely to capitalise on the goodwill of the first film.

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Police accused

Christians in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh and the capital Delhi staged protests on Tuesday against a perceived lax attitude by police, who not named any suspects in the rape of a nun late last month, reports Ucanews.

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Huge number of signatories

Plans to turn a Catholic chapel in a Manchester hospital into a Muslim prayer room have been cancelled after an online petition, reports The Catholic Herald.

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At Vatican conference

Anti-capitalism activist Naomi Klein yesterday praised Pope Francis for standing up to Republicans who are warring against environmentalists, as the Vatican continues its battle against climate change with a high-level conference at the Holy See.

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The Cardijn way

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JosephCardijn.com hosts a trove of documents, testimonies, photos and resources relating to  the life and work of Father, later Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement.

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Fares and costs reduced

The coordinator of the Marist Asylum Seeker and Refugee Services says NSW Premier Mike Baird's decision to grant travel concessions to the city's 7000 asylum seekers is wonderful news, reports Sydney Catholic.

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Summer greeting

Pope Francis visited Pope Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence to wish him a happy summer, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Chaplains much needed

Chaplains are a much-needed resource in sport but are not used enough, according to Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy. The Catholic Weekly reports on the men of faith behind the sports stars.

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Vulnerable sanctuaries

Respect for holy places is diminishing, as witnessed by the global growth of sacrilegious violence. It makes a mockery of the very word we use for our sacred spaces – sanctuary, writes Fr Raymond de Souza in The Catholic Herald.

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Fast track path

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down a cross-party attempt to legalise same-sex marriage, but faces six weeks of potentially divisive debate over the issue, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Katy Perry versus Sisters

The Archbishop of Los Angeles is battling Sisters of the Immaculate Heart over the sale of their former convent to international superstar singer Katy Perry, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Cardinal Turkson

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Vatican’s top spokesman on social justice, has told a UN conference in New York that the world needs to find new ways of understanding economic growth if it is to reverse global warming and overcome poverty, reports The Tablet.

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Power and the poor

The details of Pope Francis’ itinerary for his US visit in September show how this “Pope of the people” wants to avoid becoming a prisoner of the East Coast “power corridor” in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

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Archbishhop Nienstedt

The entire community should be represented in identifying the most qualified clerical leaders. And it should be the rule, not the exception, that the recommended candidate comes from the local clergy, especially in established dioceses, writes Robert Mickens.

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Public address

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, will give a lecture on the importance of marriage and family in contemporary society on July 22.

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The Daughters of Divine Zeal is an international Catholic religious institute of women who offer service to the needs of the Church in various parts of the world.

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Dalai Lama with Patti Smith

The Dalai Lama has spoken out in support of Laudato Si’, the Pope’s Encyclical on the environment, during a visit to the Glastonbury music festival in England, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Sr Odile Coirier

A radical notion about serving the marginalised encouraged Sr Eileen Reilly to accept a job at the United Nations, writes Kelly Litt in Global Sisters Report.

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Deeper meanings embedded

Catholic journalists should look beneath the surface when reporting on Pope Francis with his compelling photo opportunities and "buzz-catching expressions," reports the Catholic News Service.

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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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