Paris Hebdo protest

The Vatican newspaper has blasted a series of cartoons of Muhammad as “blasphemous” but also condemned the “mad and bloodthirsty” extremists who opened fire at a Texas exhibit of the cartoons, reports the Religion News Service.

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Study identified overload

Catholic school teachers in South Australia might stop responding to parent emails outside business hours and cut back on parent interviews as they campaign for relief from spiralling workloads, reports The Advertiser.

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Sister Lourdes

Timor Leste activist Sister Lourdes Mana Lou will giving a talk at the Pittwater Rotary Club on Sydney's northern beaches on May 20.

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NSW conference looming

The Association of Catholic School Principals works with other education bodies to challenge and respond to education issues.

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Fight for women

The Pope is realistic in assuming that many women will need and want to work. He hopes that the upcvoming Synod similarly will address the realities of family life, and offer encouragement and compassion to people, writes Andrew Hamilton. -

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Cardinal Nichols

UK Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate a Mass normally attended by the Westminster Diocese’s group for gay and lesbian Catholics this coming Sunday, reports The Tablet.

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Generous submission

The Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (CCER) is pushing for the national minimum wage to be increased by more than double the amount major employer groups have argued for, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Mercy logo detail

The Holy Year of Mercy will feature several individual jubilee days, among them for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers, and prisoners, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, reports the Catholice News Service.

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Yazidis take shelter

Sometimes we hear a story so often that we stop hearing it at all unless it breaks through the headlines. I have just had that experience. A story which had dimmed appeared in front of me: I got a letter from a Yazidi woman, writes Sr Joan Chittister.

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San Trovaso Venice

Monastery Stays is a web-based booking service for monastery and convent accommodation in Italy. It began in 2005 and has been operated since 2006 by a group of four friends.

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Laptop horror

The entire story of Unfriended unfolds on the lead character’s computer screen. This lead character is Blair, a regular American teen.

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Raul Castro

Cuban President Raúl Castro will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican this weekend and is expected to thank the pontiff for helping to make possible the recent improvement in relations between Cuba and the US, reports The Independent.

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Feedback now positive

The Vatican almost closed the Pope’s Twitter account soon after it opened because it was bombarded with abuse, said Archbishop Claudio Celli, the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, reports AAP in The New Daily

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Toddler playing chess

Children as young as two could have structured lessons in a radical overhaul of the school system planned by the NSW Catholic Education Office, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Liberated through chastity

Dawn Eden says she has now published a “Catholic” edition of her book about the virtues of chastity because her reception into the Church in 2006 made her realise how limited her understanding of chastity had been, writes Francis Phillips.

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Broad network

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network comprises clergy and other pastoral leaders, musicians, singers, and composers in developing pastoral music ministry in the Church.

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Fr  Donald Cozzens

Fr Donald Cozzens is a commentator on Catholic issues and also a best-selling author. His latest book, Master of Ceremonies, revisits themes that have dominated much of his writing: clergy sex abuse, clericalism, Vatican intrigue and corrupt bishops. He talks to NCR. 

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Safe havens call

Calls for the creation of “safe havens” for Christians in Iraq and Syria, and the creation of an international police force were raised at a recent summit of leaders of all Christian churches in the Middle-East, reports Crux.

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Boats keep coming

Catholic aid groups have urged a more humanitarian response to the flow refugees across the Mediterranean Sea, following tough measures announced by the European Union to curb the flow of boats, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Promises kept

The first budget of the Victorian ALP government reflects priorities and values that lean towards Victorians doing it tough, and is aligned with much of what was presented prior to the election, says Catholic Social Services Victoria.

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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

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

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