Priest blesses Mexicans

With the backdrop of the rusted iron slats of the 10-metre wall along the US-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley and a dozen other bishops prayed on Tuesday for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants, reports CNS.

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Sr Eymard

The Calvary Retirement Community at Ryde in Sydney's north last month celebrated the 100th birthday of popular resident Sister Eymard McNamara, reports The Weekly Times.

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Two face charges

Two former top executives at the Vatican bank will go on trial for money laundering, while the bank's ex-chairman was declared innocent, according to Italian prosecutors, reports AFP/Ucanews.

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Archbishop Hart honoured

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), Archbishop Denis Hart, to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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APRA crackdown

Australian churches will be barred from offering 'easy access' bank-style accounts to their ­parishioners in new ­restrictions proposed by the ­national regulator on $1 billion in investments in unregulated Church-run funds, reports The Australian.

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The two leaders

Predictably, the media focussed on the bumps in the road between the US and Vatican, while the Obama administration stressed areas of agreement, reports NCR Online.

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Tomas Halik

On the night before the Berlin Wall came down, this year’s Templeton Prize winner, Fr Tomáš Halík, visited John Paul II. The Pope turned away from the television, which was showing protests in Germany, and said: 'This is the end of Communism'.

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Notre Dame University

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Dangerous waters

The Church has called on the Australian Federal Government to reinstate funding for the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS).

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Archbishop Gregory apologetic

The Archbishop of Atlanta has apologised for building a $A2.38 million mansion for himself, reports AAP in The Daily Telegraph.

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huge

The clerical abuse scandal cost American dioceses nearly $A120 million last year, according to a report released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, reports Catholic Culture/Ucanews.

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Two employees and guest watch the cup

Curators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in a church in Spain when crowds swarmed there after two historians claimed it was the Holy Grail, staff said, reports AFP/Yahoo7.

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Church at Coolaroo

Members of an Assyrian Catholic church at Coolaroo, north of Melbourne, have threatened to abandon the church if a proposed mosque project proceeds on land next door, reports the ABC.

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Rejoice

The Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart rejoice in sharing the faith vision of their Founder, Jules Chevalier.

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Microchip bible

Nearly 200 rare biblical texts on parchment and vellum are among the artifacts that will be on display at the Vatican in a new exhibition, starting tomorrow, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Justice McClellan

Institutions should review all payments made to children in their care that had been sexually abused, according to the head of the Royal Commission examining the organisations’ responses, reports The Australian.

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Spirituality emphasised

The Holy See has announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the the canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII in a spiritual way, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Francis gets choices right

For a Pope who has hardly put a step wrong, the Church's handling of child abuse was becoming a worrying exception. But now his wisdom in appointing a council of eight cardinals to advise him has come into its own, writes The Tablet in an editorial.

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Higher learning

Students at the Catholic Institute of Sydney are engaged in the study of Theology, Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Church History and a number of areas of pastoral theology.

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Cardinal Bergoglio in Argentina

Pope Francis has never been to the US. He went to Jerusalem once but the Yom Kippur War cut his pilgrimage in half. Now he is Pope, he still keeps his trips short and focussed, reports Vatican Insider.

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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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