Fr Thomas Smolich

Father Thomas Smolich, SJ, has been appointed International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in 2015. For the past eight years he has served as president of the Jesuit Conference of the US, reports Jesuit.org.

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Minister rejects report

The Australian government yesterday rejected a report from church leaders which described its treatment of child asylum-seekers as 'State-sanctioned abuse,' reports AAP in Yahoo7.

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Allowed to stay

A US court has rejected arguments from an atheist group and ruled that the iconic cross found at the site of the 2001 World Trade Centre attacks may remain at the 9/11 Museum, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis will travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January for his second trip to a continent where evangelisation is a big priority for the Catholic Church, the Vatican said yesterday, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Scott Morrison

A group incuding Catholic and Anglican church leaders has accused the Abbott government of 'State sanctioned child abuse' in the immigration detention system, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Complaints prompted action

The Vatican has suspended priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to multiple media reports, reports Ucanews/Catholic Culture.

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Major action pending

Up to 1400 teachers and staff in 48 Catholic schools in the Canberra region will vote on industrial action from tomorrow after they receive ballot papers from the Australian Electoral Office, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Unanimous choice

A former medico-legal lawyer and Catholic hospital and aged care executive has been appointed as the new CEO of Catholic Health Australia.

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Notre Dame University

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CAFOD

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40 countries

Cafod is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, working with partners in more than 40 countries across the world.

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Fr Rosica

Priest, journalist, and CEO of Salt + Light Television Network, Fr Thomas Rosica consults to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He spoke to America magazine about the future of Catholic media.

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Gloominess helped

The rather gloomy outlook of the Church meant that it was better equipped than most faiths to cope with the horrors of the First World War, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Smiling Pope

Pope John Paul I’s Cause is moving ahead, after Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, announced that the document advancing his beatification will be submitted this autumn, reports the Catholic Herald.

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Insight into planning

About one in every five school students in Australia goes to a Catholic school. Brisbane ABC anouncer Jackie McKay decided to find out a bit more about how they plan where new schools should go in Central Queensland.

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Monks in their brewery

In a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of monks has embraced an old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs, reports Reuters in The Huffington Post.

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Large turnout

Hundreds of Christians and Muslims have taken part in a rally in London to show solidarity with persecuted Christians driven from their homes in Iraq, reports The Tablet.

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Government program alleged

Chinese police attacked nearly 1000 Christians who rallied on Kau Yan church grounds to stop the impending demolition of a church in Zhejiang Province, leaving dozens injured and hospitalised, reports Revolution News/Ucanews.

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Dark Nordic thriller

This wonderfully titled movie is a Danish film of the international best-selling novel of the same name by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the first of a series of books known as Department Q Novels.

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Death of friend

History sometimes turns on tragedies. A random motorcycle accident last Sunday in England might change the arc of Pope Francis’ papacy in relation to ecumenism, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.

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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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