Archbishop Chaput clarification

US Archbishop Charles Chaput has described as “misleading” an article claiming that his leadership of a working group on the Joy of Love “sends a signal” regarding US policy on Communion, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Strong community support

Australia's newest church, the St Mary MacKillop Church, at Oran Park west of Sydney, has been officially opened, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Confirmation in a yurt

Good news from an unexpected and little known quarter of the Universal Church: the first native Mongolian priest is shortly to be ordained, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Posthumous publication

In ancient Rome at the end of the fourth century, it is a time of upheaval with internal rioting and external threats, and pagan beliefs and gods giving way to the spread of Christianity and the worship of a new, monotheistic God.

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Grace under pressure

The gang that kidnapped Fr Douglas Al-Bazi told him they would call the Church and demand a ransom. "I am not the prime minister. I am just an ordinary priest," he replied. "Do not get your hopes too high."

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Classic Clouseau moment

Burt Kwouk, who attended the Jesuit Mission School in Shanghai, was best known for his role as Cato Fong, the long-suffering manservant of Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) in the Pink Panther films.

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Same size as original

After 13 years of research and work, a Dutchman has recreated Noah's Ark in the Netherlands and plans to take the boat around the world on a mission of evangelisation, starting with the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

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His spirit lives on

Polish Catholics probably aren’t going to be welcoming the Pope they really want at World Youth Day. But given their current social and political situation, they might be getting exactly the one they need, writes John Allen.

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Tastes and customs have evolved

Audiovisual elements and personalised themes are just some of the innovations in modern-day funeral services, reports The Southern Cross.

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Revered saint

Though the medieval English Church was part of Catholic Christendom, there was always a special pride in homegrown saints. St Thomas Becket towered over others, hence the excitement over the return of his relic, writes Naomi Howell.

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New start in Adelaide

Razia Ali is an Afghani refugee who followed her father to Australia, graduated from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Adelaide and forged a meaningful life in her new country, reports The Southern Cross.

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Part of the spiritual journey

I wish that, years ago, I had grasped how both angels and great hamburgers play a role in our spiritual journey, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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The dead son

Luke 7:11-17 Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.

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Mama Irene with child

"Mama Irene" Bertoni, who fulfilled a wartime vocation to be a mother by adopting 58 children and setting an example for dozens of women, has died aged 93 in Italy, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Through Brisbane CBD

Up to 2000 faithful marched through the centre of Brisbane from St Stephen’s Cathedral behind the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi last weekend, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Insightful message

Many years ago someone took advantage of me for money. An anger stirred in me because that person thought they had done nothing wrong. Only when I heard Pope Pius XII’s message about sin could I come to terms with the incident, writes Mary O'Regan.

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Archbishop Coleridge in charge

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has announced that it will set up a new National Centre for Evangelisation (NCE), bringing together the work of the Catholic Enquiry Centre and the National Office for Evangelisation.

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Justice Mallory

An American judge has come up with a creative sentence for a Catholic man convicted of attempted assault. He must attend a Baptist church for the next 12 Sundays, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Francis delivers his lecture

Pope Francis has exhorted priests not to see people who approach them for spiritual help merely as "cases" to be handled but to instead enter into the complications of people's lives, unafraid of being drawn in to unclear or messy situations.

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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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