Mass tango party

More than 2,000 people have turned up in St Peter’s Square to dance the milongo, a form of tango, for Pope Francis on his birthday, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Kathleen McCormack work recognised

Pope Francis has appointed Kathleen McCormack, the founding director of CatholicCare in Wollongong, to the new Vatican commission advising him on safeguarding children from sexual abuse. She is one of eight new appointments.

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Rare find

A 117-year-old letter written by Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, just days after the opening of a girls’ reformatory near Kapunda, has recently been discovered by a South Australian archaeology student, reports The Southern Cross.

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Everyone kowtows to China

The shunning of the Dalai Lama leaves us with a major question: Do we simply leave the Chinese to do as they please? Are they to be given carte blanche where Tibetan suffering is concerned, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Loads of fun

This ‘Paddington’ adaptation updates its tale for the 21st century, doing it with an eye to tradition, a warm heart, a strong cast of British thesps, and comedy for the whole family to enjoy.

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Zach Herrick

Up to five million pilgrims travel to the holy shrine at Lourdes in southwestern France each year, hoping for miracles. Among those pilgrims now are wounded American soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, reports Crux.

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Given three months

When Margaret Keast was given three to six months to live, she didn’t bat an eyelid. The Brisbane parishioner decided she “had no problem with death” because of her hope in God, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Ironic revival

The failed restoration of a fresco of Jesus by an elderly widow has made the small Spanish town of Borja a magnet for thousands of curious tourists eager to see her handiwork, and resurrected the local economy, reports The New York Times.

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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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1712highschoolstudents

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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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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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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