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Dire circumstances

"What choice?" is the question the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott after his comment that Aboriginal peoples are living in remote communities as a "lifestyle choice."

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Tetanus vaccinations

United Nations health officials have again rejected accusations by Kenya's bishops that Kenya's Ministry of Health used tetanus vaccines tainted with a sterility-inducing hormone in a large-scale immunisation program in 2014, reports NCR Online.

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Antidote to indifference

The Church in Sydney will offer the antidote to the “globalisation of indifference” when it throws open the doors of St Mary’s Cathedral on March 13-14 for 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Cases were historical

The Wollongong Catholic Education Office has apologised to victims of abuse after a priest was charged over an alleged historical event, reports the ABC.

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Down to business

In September, 2014, the so-called C9 group of advisors held its sixth meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, commencing their first draft of document overhauling Church governance, reported The Catholic Herald.

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The task ahead

In April, 2014, Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli outlined the key challenges ahead for the Pope from the New World.

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Cardinal Pell and the Pope

In early 2014, Francis launched a major restructuring of the Vatican City State's financial bureaucracy. Australia's Cardinal George Pell was drafted as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.

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Pope Benedict addressing the Curia

Calls for reform of the Roman Curia were already near fever pitch when Pope Benedict announced that he no longer had the strength to continue his duties. As the Francis Papacy began, America magazine outlined a case for change to Church governance.

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Ms Collins & Cardinal OMalley

In March, 2014, the Pontiff appointed a victim of sexual abuse and a senior cardinal known for his zero-tolerance approach to a new group charged with advising the Church on child sex abuse, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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In with the new

When Pope Francis made his first selection of cardinals, the choice of men from Africa, Asia and Latin America was interpreted by The Guardian's Andrew Brown as an effort to broaden the perspective of the college of cardinals.

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Archbishop Gallagher

CNA's Vatican observer Andrea Gagliarducci wrote in October, 2014 that the latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy showed change was afoot as Francis put his stamp on the Roman Curia.

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Christmas 2013

In December, 2013, the Pope exchanged Christmas greetings with the Roman Curia. In his first Christmas as Bishop of Rome, he expressed his gratitude to the workers of the Curia and outlined his vision for service.

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Papal advisors

In September, 2013,  Francis made his international advisory panel on Church governance a permanent council of cardinals, emphasising the longer term aims of his efforts at Pontifical reform.

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Cardinal Maradiaga

In December, 2014, Vatican Insider published this interview with Cardinal Oscar Andrés Maradiaga, co-ordinator of the C9 council that is helping Francis restructure Vatican dicasteries, and asked him: "Where are the results"?

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Notre Dame University

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Focus on singles

Being single in the Catholic Church is not fun. I have to agree with the French Bishop reported in The Tablet this week, Hervé Giraud of Soissons, who said single Catholics felt “forgotten, even devalued, by the Church,” writes Gary Spence.

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Ancient Romes Curia Juila

There has been a lot written lately about the Curia, particularly the reform of the Curia. But what exacly is the Curia and what does it do?

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Sr Jane Keogh

Brigidine nun and child refugee advocate, Sr Jane Keogh, will give the address at the Canberra St Patrick's Day Ecumenical Service on March 17.

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Criticises Synod

Cardinal Raymond Burke has condemned church reformers who want to explore ways of admitting civilly remarried Catholics to Communion in a damning critique of October’s Synod of bishops on the Family, reports The Tablet.

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Taxpayers under pressure

NSW taxpayers would be forced to build more public schools than planned if the State government did not help Catholic and independent schools meet student growth, the NSW Catholic Education Commission said.

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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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