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Archbishop and Mufti

Appearing together on the grounds of St Mary's Cathedral, Catholic and Muslim leaders yesterday pleaded for mercy for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, saying they are reformed men who deserve another chance, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Wigs and gowns

The Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart spoke of the grave responsibility the law holds in society as he celebrated the annual Red Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne last Monday, reports the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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Cardinal emphasises consequences

The Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse will make recommendations regarding consequences for bishops who do not follow Church guidelines on preventing and reporting abuse, says Cardinal Sean O'Malley. 

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Criticisms miss the mark

While critics carp at the Pope’s supposedly unreconstructed chauvinism, his personal history shows that his actions point to a healthy and normal relationship with women, and a degree of empathy unprecedented in a pope, writes Madeleine Teahan.

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Notre Dame University

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General audience last week

Pope Francis was wrong when he said it was acceptable to smack children, and should revise what he said, a British abuse survivor advising the Vatican on child protection has insisted, reports The Tablet.

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Bishops told to cooperate

Pope Francis has ordered Catholic bishops around the world to co-operate as a matter of priority with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics, even if it unearths new scandals, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Historic invitation

The US House Speaker has announced that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on September 24, making him the first leader of the Holy See to do so, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Look to Francis

Pope Francis is renowned for engaging with the public through symbolic gestures that embody his program. Our political leaders might do well to study him if they want to communicate better, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ in Eureka Street.

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Sr Rebecca McCabe

A Sydney Sister finished 23rd in the Cole Classic ocean swim at Bondi last weekend, more than 30 years after she won the race as a 15-year-old, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Unspeakable crime

Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State's gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Maronite Community

The Victorian Maronite Community is an Eastern Catholic Community, of some ten thousand people.

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Media report misleading

The National Catholic Education Commission says figures reported in The Australian yesterday do not represent the real situation of funding for students with disability and have created confusion over how schools are funded.

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Beatification could be soon

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador "certainly within the year and possibly within a few months," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, postulator of his sainthood cause, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Rev Robert Barron

For Catholics tired of the highly-politicised public image of their faith, Rev Robert Barron has for ten years provided easily digestible, no-nonsense eloquence in his YouTube ministry, reports the Religion News Service.

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Strange affair

Mortdecai is a curious film without a clear audience: perhaps too silly for grown-ups, and too mature for kids. However, it is not without its own charm.

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Women in focus

Stephen Fry "wrong on God," Bishop Bill Wright questions media coverage, Poland's heroic bishops, Ukraine fratricide, Perth cathedral sesquicentennial, Catholic education in Nth Ireland, Hindu nationalism fears, Cuba to build church.

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Richard III

The death of this Catholic Monarch changed history. Tudor propaganda buried his reputation, and his gravesite was lost during the Reformation. This book tells the gripping story of the search to recover his bones and reputation.

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CS Lewis

As author of the Narnia series, CS Lewis remains one of the most popular writers of the modern era. He had a complex relationship with Catholicism, explains Joseph Pearce, author of CS Lewis and the Catholic Church, in this CNA interview.

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Life changing experience

In 1969, Jesuit novice Dick Perl, seeking to discern his vocation, set out alone to journey to the shrine of Guadalupe. The pilgrimage helped revive a Jesuit tradition established by St Ignatius, but long since forgotten pre-Vatican II.

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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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