New and the old

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP officially becomes the new Archbishop of Sydney next week. The Religion and Ethics Report interviews him about his vision for the role.

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Quarrying a threat

The rector of St Thomas International Shrine in Kerala, southern India, which attracts some five million pilgrims each year, fears the shrine may soon collapse if rock quarrying continues in local mines, reports Ucanews.

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Streamline process call

Pope Francis has said the Church's marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Lively political discussion

Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a pre-election breakfast forum next Thursday where representatives of political parties will discuss priorities and policies with Catholic Social Services Victoria. 

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Working on shoestring

The Catholic sisters trying to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone continue to be courageous in the face of the current adversity and work in circumstances that would defeat most people, writes Jacqueline de Chollet in Huffington Post.

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Warning on extremism

Australia has to be vigilant in protecting the separation of Church and State from both religious and secular “totalitarianisms,” Sydney’s Archbishop-designate, Anthony Fisher, told community leaders in western Sydney last week.

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Conservative backlash

Last month’s Synod, which saw Francis and his allies try to translate a more welcoming view of gays and remarried Catholics into Church policy, has prompted some conservative observers to raise the spectre of a schism, reports the RNS.

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No charges ever laid

A Queensland priest who was investigated for sexual assault has tried to gain access to police documents so he could appeal a decision made against him by the Church and sue the complainant, reports The Brisbane Times.

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Built for refugees

Prominent Australian architectural firm Woods Bagot, in collaboration with St Canice’s at Sydney's Kings Cross and PEPO Botanical Design, has completed the design of a new community rooftop garden in Sydney, reports Architecture and Design.

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SSPX leader Bishop Fellay

Bishops who excommunicate those who attend SSPX Masses may be acting illegally, says traditionalist group Una Voce Federation, in response to statements by bishops in Italy and Argentina, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Major restructure

In a long-awaited announcement, the Archdiocese of New York has indicated it will merge 112 of its 368 parishes into 55, effectively closing at least 31 churches by next August, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Palms Australia

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Palms Australia

Palms Australia started in Sydney in 1956 as the Paulian Association. It has a vision to see people co-operating across cultures in order to achieve a "just, sustainable, interdependent and peaceful world free of poverty."

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Prince Charles

The Princes of Wales has spoken out about the “horrendous and heartbreaking” persecution of religious minorities around the world, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Francis prayed personally

Pope Francis has sent a special message of condolence to the family of Gough Whitlam, which was read at a memorial Mass in Rome to honour the former Australian prime minister, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Ignacio movie

At the IndieGoGo website, you can watch for updates on the film project which will bring the story of St Ignatius to cinemas for a modern audience.

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Ministering in Crimea

Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – have faced persecution, and restrictions on their ministry, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Bill Shorten addresses ACL

The Australian Christian Lobby has effectively taken over the term ‘Christian’ in politics and claims to be 'one of the premier political lobbies in the country.' Its influence is growing, writes John Warhurst.

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Protest against previous blasphemy attacks

A Christian couple in Pakistan have been beaten to death by an angry crowd after being accused of desecrating a Koran, police say, reports the BBC.

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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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