Suzuki blown away

“I’m an atheist, but the Pope’s Encyclical was such a mind-boggling event: I’d kiss his hands, his feet and any other place he’d want me to kiss him,” says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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Confronting memorial

During his July visit to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis is likely to follow in the steps of his two immediate predecessors by travelling to Auschwitz, according to the Vatican.

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injustice to victim

The former Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, has apologised to a sex abuse survivor and conceded he manifestly failed in his response to an abuse claim while he was Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s, reports Fairfax Media.

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Microcephalic baby

The outbreak of Zika virus in the (southern) Americas presents us with an altogether more direct challenge to Humanae Vitae than others in the past, writes Quentin de la Bedoyere.

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Reports denied

The Vatican has rejected reports that Pope Francis will be an actor in a proposed movie based on the Gospels, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Controversial structure

The Israeli High Court has rejected appeals by a congregation of Salesian sisters against the construction of a separation wall in the Cremisan Valley, reports ucanews.com.

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Union demands rejected

South Australian Catholic families would be hit with harsh fee rises if union claims for higher pay and less student contact time were met, says Catholic Education, reports The Advertiser.

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Operated for 25 years

An alleged conman who allegedly posed as a priest for more than 25 years, celebrating weddings and even administering at funerals has been arrested in Los Angeles, reports The Tablet.

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Uncomfortable but important

Two Australian bishops have encouraged Catholics to see the film Spotlight, while warning it makes uncomfortable viewing.

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Archbishop Fisichella

The man Pope Francis put in charge of coordinating events for the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy has announced that the fledgling Jubilee of Mercy is already off to a roaring success. But let’s not judge him on that, writes Robert Mickens.

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UK scientists criticised

A pro-life charity has condemned a decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to allow British scientists to genetically modify human embryos, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Warning over pregnancy

Salvadoran bishops have made no comment on a government recommendation to women to delay pregnancy because of the Zika virus, and priests contacted by Catholic News Service gave varied responses on their reaction.

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Fr John Walshe

Parents and students at a Melbourne school have boycotted Mass after calling for their priest to resign over abuse allegations, reports The Age.

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Chinese wisdom praised

Pope Francis has granted an exclusive interview to an Asian newspaper urging the world not to fear China’s growing power and conveying a message of friendship to President Xi Jinping, reports Crux.

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Desperate times

French authorities clearing an area in the Calais refugee camp, home to nearly 6,000 people, have destroyed a makeshift church and mosque, reports AP.

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Silent billboard blessing

American Sisters have shone a spotlight on the environment in the US presidential caucuses by placing a series of billboards, highlighting destructive policies, in strategic locations throughout key states, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Another surprise from Francis

Pope Francis is set to be featured in the upcoming film Beyond the Sun, the first Pope in history to play himself in a big screen production, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Trade Minister Robb

Catholic Religious Australia is among nearly 60 community organisations calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Parliament is asked to vote on ratifying the agreement, reports Fairfax Media.

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Maria Georgia Cogtas

A Filipino psychology graduate, who paid for high school with what she earned from scavenging, inspired the recent Eucharistic Congress with her story of helping the poor.

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

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