Revolution in spirit

Last month marked the third anniversary of the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome. Upon his election in the Sistine Chapel, he took the name Francis and told us he did so because of his love for Francis of Assisi, writes Fr Thomas Rosica CSB.

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Fr John Main

In light of the ecological crisis the world faces, meditation is generally not rated high on the list of responses. But maybe it should be, writes Donna Mulhearn.

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Telstra CEO Andrew Penn

Telstra says it has abandoned its public campaign for marriage equality to allow clear air during the proposed plebiscite - not because of pressure from the Catholic Church, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Judge rules in her favour

Pop star Katy Perry will have her chance to live in a former convent after a judge invalidated the Los Angeles property's sale to a restaurateur, reports Reuters on the ABC.

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Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance, who won this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Bridge of Spies. will play Pope Pius IX in a new film produced by Steven Spielberg, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Parents shocked

A priest has offended parents at a Melbourne primary school by comparing paedophile priests to adulterous women in a school newsletter, reports The Age.

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Major restructure

The nine Cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Church's central bureaucracy have begun to organise a general overview for the full restructuring of what is commonly called the Roman Curia, reports NCR Online.

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Refugees in need

In a "humanitarian and ecumenical gesture," not a political one, Pope Francis will join Orthodox leaders in personally meeting with hundreds of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, reports the Catholic News Service.

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200th anniversary

The Bishop of Wollongong, Peter Ingham, will speak at a memorial ceremony on Sunday to honour the 200th anniversary of the massacre of the Dharawal people in Appin, south of Sydney, in 1816.

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Harm not proven

A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital group, which was challenged over its policy of refusing to perform abortions, reports AP/Crux.

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Proceeds to charity

A skullcap worn by Pope Francis in 2014 is up for sale by a European online auction house, which expects to net around $A48,000 and to donate a “large part” of the proceeds to a children’s charity, reports Crux.

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No threat intended

The Archdiocese of Sydney has denied it threatened a boycott of companies included in the public campaign in support of same-sex unions, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese yesterday.

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Work worth a fortune

A painting recovered from a family attic near Toulouse, France, could be a long-lost work by the Italian master Caravaggio, of a scene from the Book of Judith, and may be worth up to $A178 million, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Cardinal Barbarin

The French Church has decided to set up a new independent commission made up of secular experts to advise bishops and help them handle the sensitive cases of child sex abuses by priests, reports AP in The Catholic Herald.

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Document released

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has released a document that challenges testimony from a man whose brother was allegedly abused by Christian Brother Edward Dowlan.

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Close relationship with Monsignor

An Italian journalist said he had a duty to publish private documents he was given by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Notre Dame University

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Data from inquiry

Nearly 30 children under the age of 12 have been ­referred for problematic sexualised behaviour during the past two years, according to data from a large metropolitan diocese of the Church in NSW, reports The Australian.

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Advocates in Church

In open defiance of the Government, Church leaders around the country are invoking the historical concept of sanctuary by opening their doors to asylum-seekers at risk of being returned to offshore detention centres.

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

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