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CathNews will not be published on Monday.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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Sr Premoli, left

The first woman ever to be appointed a member of a Vatican congregation explains that “women still have much to give to the Church with their personal charisma,” reports the Catholic News Service.

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Group effort

Townsville Catholic Education has launched its solar program – the first of its kind for a school system within Australia, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Archdiocese of Perth

This is the website of the Archdiocese of Perth in Western Australia. The city has a population of about 1.5 million, of whom about 365,000 are Catholics.

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Scholars explain how retrieving the historical Jesus provides a more worldly basis for contemporary Christian spirituality than leaning on the Neo-Platonism of Roman antiquity.

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Fr Ken with friends

Father Ken Cafe will lead the annual Blessing of Animals service next week in Thirroul south of Sydney, reports The Illawarra Mercury.

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When the Vatican held its first Synod on the Family in 1980, St John Paul II had been Pope for only two years. Curiously, next week's gathering of bishops on the very same theme also comes quite early in a new pontificate, writes Robert Mickens in NCR Online.

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Nigerian girls released

New attacks are feared this weekend in Nigeria as Islamic fundamentalists loot villages inhabited mostly by Christians. The country's bishops say “the conditions in which the displaced are living are inhuman," reports Vatican Insider.

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Resounding scuccess

Brisbane's Ignite Conference, held from September 25-28, has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Cardinals speak out

The two Cardinals in Hong Kong urged the government to solve the present political deadlock after police used force to disperse thousands of unarmed protesters struggling for full democracy in the city, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Cardinal Burke in defence

Cardinal Raymond Burke has hit out at claims that German Cardinal Walter Kasper “spoke for” Pope Francis when he backed communion for divorced and remarried people, reports The Tablet.

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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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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