Ancient parishes threatened

Falling numbers of vocations could see ancient Irish parishes wiped out, according to the co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests this week, reports The Tablet.

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Iraqi Christian homes marked

The Vatican begins with a presumption against war. War can only be a last resort. Diplomacy and reconciliation must be tried first. But "last resort" does not mean "never," writes Thomas Reese in NCR Online.

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Rivalry set aside

Two of Canberra's best known Catholic schools are putting aside their traditional sporting rivalry to join forces and cultivate the domestic arts, cook up a storm and raise money for a good cause, reports The Canberra Times.

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Historical offences

The former principal of a Sydney Catholic school has been charged with child abuse offences dating back more than three decades, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Holy secrets

A recent Synod in the Anglican Church has sought to allow priests to report on serious crimes they learnt about through Confession. Fr Richard Umbers reflects on whether the Catholic Church follow suit, in ABC Online.

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Iraqi refugee with child

Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Ignace Joseph III Younan, has called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide” after returning from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Senator Brandis

The ABC has said that Attorney-General George Brandis has opened another front in the so-called culture war, accusing the ABC and the Fairfax press of undermining religious freedom in Australia.

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Gaza cleanup begins

Catholic aid organisations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Five categories of service were awarded at the CHA National Conference Dinner this week, reports Catholic Health Australia in its newsletter.

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The Centre

The Centre is an historic guesthouse located in Randwick, in Sydney. It is a non-profit Trust dedicated to offering Christian hospitality to those seeking accommodation for personal, spiritual or educational reasons.

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Notre Dame University

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Bishop Joe Grech

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, in association with the Australian Catholic University, will host the fourth annual Bishop Joseph Grech Memorial Colloquium on Ethics and Migration  tonight.

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Food queue in Liberia

Hunger and panic are spreading among people unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, say Church workers in West Africa, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Alcohol prohibition move

The Church in India has hit back at attempts to ban wine at Mass as part of a drive to enforce prohibition in one of the country’s most Christian states, reports The Tablet.

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Demolition begins

At 8.30am last Thursday, police vehicles, vans, and excavators entered Gao’ao Village, in Beibaixiang Township, Leqing City, Zhejiang Province, and stood sentry at several intersections, reports Ucanews.

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Response to Court ruling

The Abbott government is pushing ahead with a religious-only school chaplaincy scheme following a cabinet debate over whether secular welfare workers should be included in the program, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Refugees from ISIS evil

Australia’s Catholic bishops have expressed grave concern at the humanitarian crisis that is continuing to worsen in Northern Iraq, saying they condemn outright the use of terrorism in the name of religion.

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Pressures of the job

I doubt that much serious research is done into the problem, but Catholic priests are more likely to be alcoholic than other men, or so it seems to me, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Fr Juan Maria Solana

The Legionaries of Christ have compared their disgraced founder to Mary Magdalene in a booklet to raise funds for the development of the Magdala Centre at the Sea of Galilee in the Holy Land, reports NCR Online.

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Madonna and Child calendar cover

This website has access to the 2015 version, which is the 93rd edition of the Columban Art Calendar, which is well known for its traditional religious paintings and liturgical information.

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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

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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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