Radical emotional insights

Many would be disappointed that The Joy of Love works within traditional definitions of marriage and gender. But the Pope's insistence on showing people respect for who they are demands an even more radical change of heart, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Family clashes

This film from Iceland is about farm and rural issues, and family clashes. There are a number of rams in the story but the main two are elderly brothers.

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30 years of commitment

After more than 30 years of inspiring work with the Kutjungka people, the De La Salle Brothers are leaving the remote indigenous community at Balgo Hills in Western Australia's Kimberley region by early July.

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Soldiers quite literate

A new study of ancient handwritten shopping lists has cast fresh light on when the main body of Biblical texts were written, reports The New York Times.

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First revision in 30 years

Australian bishops have launched a new liturgical worship book at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne, 30 years after the last one was published.

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Archbishop Christophe Pierre

Pope Francis has named the Vatican’s envoy to Mexico as his new ambassador to the US, replacing the Vatican diplomat who sparked controversy last September during the Pope's visit to the country, reports the Religion News Service.

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Notre Dame University

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New hearing today

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will today hold a public hearing to decide how to deal with new material in witness statements from four former Melbourne Catholic Education Office staff, reports The Australian.

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Letter last May

Telstra has retreated from a public campaign pushing for same-sex marriage after the Church wrote to companies expressing its concern at those involved in the campaign, reports The Australian.

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church hospitals help out

Church-run hospitals are providing medical assistance to people injured by a fireworks explosion that killed more than 100 people at a Hindu temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Saturday, reports Ucanews.

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Gianluigi Nuzzi

A secretary on trial over the leaks of confidential Vatican documents has testified that he was compelled to do what his boss wanted because the Monsignor reported directly to the Pope and he was in no position to refuse, reports AP.

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Delay expected

The ACT Government could take four months to respond formally to an Auditor-General's report into Calvary Hospital's irregular financial reports, reports The Canberra Times.

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Simple ceremony

Ballarat’s former Bishop, Ronald Mulkearns, was laid to rest yesterday in a grave in Ballarat General Cemetery after a funeral Mass in a small chapel inside the nursing home where he died, reports The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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Organised Benedict helicopter exit

With a doctoral thesis on the Church and cinema under his belt, Msgr Dario Viganò has brought a wealth of knowledge, and flair, to his job as the Vatican's new communications guru.

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Cardinal Walter Kasper

Those say that Cardinal Walter Kasper, the so-called "Pope's theologian," has not been vindicated in The Joy of Love seem to me to have the better of the argument, on a close reading of the text of the Exhortation, writes George Weigel.

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Subject in wrong context

A Melbourne school directed students to tear a page out of a health workbook that refers to premarital sex and homosexuality on the grounds that the subject would be better dealt with in religion education classes, reports The Age.

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Archbishop Martin

Church leaders from around the world have hailed the tone of mercy in The Joy of Love but cautioned against a hurried reading of the document.

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Conventional war superseded

There are five reasons underpinning the Church's shift away from the idea of "just war", writes Terence Rynne, a lecturer in Peace Studies at Marquette University in the US.

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Feuding groups unite

Feuding Christian groups in Israel have come together in a bid to save the shrine in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to house Christ's tomb, from collapse, reports Global Pulse.

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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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