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A Franciscan priest and 20 other Christians have been seized by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in a village in northwestern Syria, the Franciscan mission to the Holy Land said yesterday, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Signs of progress

The Pope's recent appointment of a special commission on clerical sex abuse, to advise him directly and staffed by professionals and competent advisers, shows that real change from the Vatican might be underway, writes NCR in an editorial.

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Notre Dame University

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Two cities in France

Pope Francis is to visit France next year, stopping off in Paris and Lourdes, the Vatican has confirmed, reports The Korean Herald.

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Human trafficking victim

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans reports successful outcomes after its members recently went to Canberra for a round of meetings over solutions to human trafficking, ACRATH writes in its newsletter.

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Lest we forget

The Saint Columbans Mission Society has made available, via their website, a set of eight discussion and action sheets enabling Christian reflection and response during the time of the Anzac Centenary (1915-2015) and beyond. 

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IS brutality

IS is getting a bad press in Australia. Deservedly so, for its brutality and totalitarian instincts. But the characterisation of its behaviour as 'pure evil' is unhelpful for two reasons, writes Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street.

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Bans overturned

Rulings that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage in five US states will be allowed to take effect, after the Supreme Court declined to consider appeals of lower court rulings that such bans are unconstitutional, reports the CNS.

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Public hearing next week

The NSW police corruption watchdog will investigate whether there was any misconduct by the NSW Police Force in its dealings with the Church over the handling of complaints of abuse, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.  

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Ron and Mavis Pirola

A married couple from Sydney have told the Synod on the family that parishes should welcome same-sex couples, following the example of parents who invite their son and his male partner to their home for Christmas, reports NCR Online.

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Fire deliberately lit

Fire has destroyed four classrooms of a Blue Mountains Catholic school, west of Sydney, that was affected by last year's bushfires, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Manus Island

The St Thomas More Forum will host a talk by Fr Maurizio Pettena on the Church and asylum seekers and refugees on October 30 in Canberra.

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Francis addresses Synod

Bishops and cardinals should speak boldly during the Vatican's Synod on the Family, Pope Francis said in opening remarks to the gathering’s first session yesterday. “Let no one say ‘this cannot be said,’” the Pope Said.

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Dom Rosendo Salvado

There are few other relics of the mission era that stand like New Norcia in such a grand style. The founder of the mission is being celebrated by the mission community 200 years after his birth, reports the ABC.

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Sisters

This is the website of the Sisters of Our Lady of China, a Diocesan Religious Institute of Consecrated Life, dedicated to apostolic mission work. 

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Returning on Tuesday

CathNews will not be published on Monday. We wish our readers a happy Labour Day break, and will return on Tuesday, October 7.

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Oscar Romero victimised

One of the few voices expressing an appropriate level of criticism at the Reagan government's policy on Central America was Noam Chomsky, who hasn’t relented in his efforts to try to bring attention to the issue, reports Salon.com.

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Missionary dies in hospital

The Caritas Internationalis delegate to the United Nations in Geneva says the Ebola crisis in Liberia remains extremely grave and continues to disrupt everyday life for most of the population, reports The Tablet.

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Blinded by own logic

The trouble with fundamentalists is that they believe there is only one right way. Richard Dawkins, who says bringing up children to believe in God is child abuse, is an atheist fundamentalist, writes Barney Zwartz in ABC Online.

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Baghdad car bomb site

Pope Francis opened a three-day summit yesterday on the violence and persecution underway in the Middle East, saying arms trafficking was the root cause of many problems in the region, reports the Catholic News Service/Catholic Herald.

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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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