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Complex causes

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, like its Federal counterpart into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, has revealed the personal stories behind the statistics, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Teilhard de Chardin

On the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1923, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ found himself alone at sunrise in the Ordos desert in China, watching the sun spread its orange and red light across the horizon. He was deeply moved.

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Joseph gets cosy

Every night for 15 weeks, Canberra student Joseph Frawley will rug up and bunk down in his car, braving the plunging temperatures to raise funds for the homeless and disadvantaged, in a program run by St Vincent de Paul and ACU.

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Grotto at Lourdes

Sacred Sites carries a list of destinations and places around the world that have been designated sacred for religious or other reasons.

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Committed to the cause

Now in her early seventies and semi-retired because of health problems, this American religious Sister remains committed to her singular calling for the past 16 years: Ministering to transgender people and helping them come out of the shadows.

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Bishop Tarabay

Christian and Muslim representatives of the Marriage Alliance have indicated their opposition to a change in the traditional definition of marriage as it stands under existing Australian legislation.

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Mostly older released

ISIS has released 22 Assyrian Christians in north-eastern Syria, according to the British-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory on Human Rights, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Walkers on the Camino

Most hikers along the Camino in Spain are not motivated by faith, and the popularity of the pilgrimage is an opportunity to evangelise them, a group of French and Spanish bishops has said in a pastoral letter, according to The Tablet.

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Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, former Chief Minister of Sydney's Great Synagogue, has expressed his concern for the well-being of the Christian community, their Churches, and Holy sites in the Middle East.

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Serious themes

The Farewell Party seems to light a title for this rather serious film. This is an in Israeli film, set in a home for the aged.

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Doubts over new dedication

I am all in favour of the Care of Creation, but I fail to see why we should pray for it on September 1, which is a day of no particular significance, when we already have at least two much better days on which to pray for it, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

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Payment depends on baptism

A priest in Tuscany, Italy is offering a baby bonus of more than A$2,720 to Italian Catholic families who have three or more children. But they must be baptised first, reports the Religion News Service.

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Four assurances needed

If I were a member of Parliament, I would want four assurances before I voted for same-sex marriage, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ in Eureka Street.

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Crater lake in Oregon

An American university study has found that US counties with nicer weather and prettier surroundings see lower rates of religious affiliation, leading the authors suggest that people use nature as a spiritual resource, making it a competitor with religion.

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Brave Foundation

The Brave Foundation is a registered Australian charity dedicated to supporting women facing unexpected and teenage pregnancy.

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Amy Schumer stars

Anything but a trainwreck in its execution, this comedy from writer-star Amy Schumer (the humourist and viral internet sensation) might portray some dubious lifestyle choices, but it has laughs to spare and tonnes of heart.

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Benzion Gopstein

The body that oversees the Church’s property in Israel has asked Israel’s Attorney-General to indict a Jewish extremist who it claims recently incited violence against Israel’s churches, reports the Religion News Service.

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Church condemns politicians

High-ranking members of the Church in Italy have slammed politicians who peddle anti-immigrant ideas to win votes, sparking a heated row with Italy's right wing, reports AFP/Yahoo7.

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

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