PM intervened in dispute

The attempt by a famous Sri Lankan cricketer to build a 100-metre Christmas tree in the centre of Colombo is back on track after the Prime Minister spoke to the Archbishop who canned the project, according to The Tablet.

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Cairo Copts stunned

Pope Francis has phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria to express his prayers and condolences for Sunday's terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead. The Catholic News Service reports.

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146 years of serving the community

This month students all over Australia will finish classes for the year. But in a small hamlet near Ballarat, St Michael's primary school will close forever, after 146 years. The Age has the story.

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Something of an enigma

New Zealand's next prime minister, Bill English, is a devoted and practicing Catholic. The Guardian has this profile.

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Under pressure

The row dividing the top levels of the Church over Amoris Laetitia has deepened, with 23 scholars and priests publicly backing the Cardinals who have sent the Pope a “please explain’’ over the issue. The Australian reports.

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Kim Moroney accepts her award

The importance of play in developing a child’s learning ability is the subject of the 2017 Brother John Taylor Fellowship, a $25,000 research prize given by Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW).

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Saad with his father

A Syrian refugee who started learning English in 2014 after fleeing the embattled city of Homs, has graduated as dux of one Australia's largest secondary Catholic schools, reports the ABC.

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Built for 1500 but 5000 turned up

Tribesmen and their families walked for a week in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to attend a Mass marking the end of the Year of Mercy. The Catholic Leader reports.

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Notre Dame University

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ACU review into governance

A push to overhaul Victorian Catholic schools is gaining momentum, with principals and pastors saying that priests do not have the training, time, or expertise to manage schools, according to The Age.

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Victim called Marist head

A man has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of his outrage at learning one of four teachers who molested him in the 1970s had been made principal of the school he was going to send his child to, reports AAP.

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Scene makes us reflect on Jesus

The Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus both in our lives and in society, Pope Francis said before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Pope Pius XII

The BBC’s internal watchdog has found that one of its programs wrongly accused the Church of “silence” about the Holocaust. The Catholic Herald has the story.

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Albrecht von Boeselager

The sacking of a senior member of the Order of Malta has sparked a crisis at the heart of the Church’s oldest and most illustrious military order, according to The Tablet.

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Design of the future shrine

The Diocese of Orange County in California has announced plans for a $33 million shrine to a Vietnamese Marian apparition, reports The Orange County Register.

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Priests must confront reality

The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, thinks some of his fellow prelates are afraid of confronting reality, and acknowledging that "uncertainty is simply part of modern life," in response to the debate about Amoris Laetitia, reports America.

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Solidarity with parishioners

The Bishop of Brooklyn has promised immigrants in his diocese that the Church will support them against deportations by the incoming Trump administration. NCR Online has the story.

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No responsibility claimed

A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, reports AP in The Catholic Herald.

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Sr Zahn

For more than a century, the Mariendonk nunnery in Germany financed itself by selling milk and candles, and through income on its bank deposits. How things have changed. The Wall Street Journal reports on a financially savvy religious institution.

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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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