Gina Swannell

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, said a letter from a Church lawyer demanding a child sexual abuse survivor repay an out-of-court settlement was “ham-fisted,” reports the ABC.

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Birth in piazza

A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women’s shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St Peter’s Square, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Amazing imagery

This American-Canadian film, set in the 19th century, is based loosely on a 2002 novel of the same name which tells the story of western frontiersman, Hugh Glass. 

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Place your bids

In what might be the ultimate papal souvenir opportunity, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that one of the dark gray Fiat 500Ls used by Pope Francis to make his way around the city in September will be auctioned off this month.

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Overturned centuries of tradition

Pope Francis has overturned centuries of tradition that banned women from the Holy Thursday washing of feet service, reports Reuters on Yahoo7.

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Timeless charm

Arriving in Venice as a young British officer in 1945, Jan Morris was dazzled by the city whose Piazza San Marco was described as the drawing room of Europe. Seven decades later, the author recalls how the city launched her career and reflected her illusions.

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Albert Gubay

Albert Gubay, who has died aged 87, was a hard-dealing Welsh-born entrepreneur who made a huge fortune in supermarkets and real estate – and eventually gave it away, largely to the benefit of the Church.

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Mercy as a verb

Francis speaks with refreshing candour in his new book about the healing ministry of Jesus, chastising “scholars of the law” who “neglect love". Instead, he urges people to think of the Church as “a field hospital."

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Still a force

Benedict XVI’s resignation and his enigmatic life as Pope Emeritus have inspired a welter of conspiracy theories. It’s time to put them to rest, writes Damian Thompson.

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Filled with the power

Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word... 

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Unique views

Two drones show a side of the Sanctuary of Saint Ignatius in Spain that's never been seen before.

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Adam Burns

Adam Burns will place a heart-shaped padlock on Brisbane’s newest love-lock sculpture situated outside St Stephen’s Cathedral with fiancée Jade Henkes as a sign of their love for each other and the third person in their relationship – God.

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Spiritual significance

Spiritual writers have rarely questioned or felt the need to nuance the notion that spiritual health means a head bowed in humility. But is it really that simple, asks Ron Rolheiser.

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Invisible poor

Pope Francis has made an impassioned plea to the world's elite: "Do not be afraid to open your minds and hearts to the poor. In this way, you will give free rein to your economic and technical talents, and discover the happiness of a full life.”

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi

Around a million people are expected to attend a rally in Rome defending the traditional family as the Italian Prime Minister prepares to vote on a bill legalising civil gay unions, reports The Tablet.

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Investing with faith

A new investment service in the US allows Catholics to invest based on their beliefs without compromising on performance potential – and make a positive difference in the process, reports Crux.

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Site of the first graffiti

One week after a Christian cemetery was desecrated outside of Jerusalem, two more Christian sites were vandalised in the city, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Balance of traits needed

Mary O’Regan reflects on the fine balance of qualities that a modern confessor needs.

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Pius XII

In Rome, in 1944, shortly before the war ended, SS General Otto Wolff met secretly with Pope Pius XII to reveal that Hitler planned to kidnap him.

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Helping six countries

Next month Caritas Australia will launch its annual Project Compassion appeal, one of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraising and awareness-raising campaigns.

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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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