Trial adjourned indefinitely

Josef Wesolowski, a former Papal diplomat accused of sexually abusing teenage boys while stationed in the Dominican Republic, has been hospitalised in intensive care in Rome, forcing the adjournment of his trial, reports AP/Crux.

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Protest in March

It is 25 years since Indian media reported the first rape case involving nuns in India. No one has yet been punished for the crime. If the Church is serious about fighting rape, a change of attitude is necessary, contends Ucanews.

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Giving thanks

Pope Francis seems to have a love affair going on with Paraguayan women. It’s completely chaste, unfolding on the moral and spiritual plane, but no less real, reports Crux.

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Call to resist redefinition

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, says married couples must resist being bullied into redefining marriage, reports AAP in The Guardian.

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Satoko Kitahara

Every so often, one is reminded that being a Christian isn’t meant to be comfortable. Japanese woman Satoko Kitahara was someone who came to understand and embrace the real teaching of the Gospel, writes Francis Phillips.

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Notre Dame University

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Notre Dame University

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Paraguay welcome ceremony

Pope Francis has appealed to world leaders to seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that “sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit,” reports Reuters/RNS.

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Parents requested dismissal

A religious education teacher was fired from a Catholic elementary school outside Philadelphia after she refused to resign when parents complained about her same-sex marriage, reports The Guardian.

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Compelling argument presented

Roy Williams' book adds substantially to our understanding of religion as a continuing social force that could arguably bring something greater than humanist secular values alone can achieve, writes Stephanie Dowrick.

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125 years combined

Queensland priests celebrate 125 years of combined service, Greek bishops accuse their Prime Minister of incompetence, Emeritus Pope Benedict receives an honorary doctorate and 100 Anglican parishes in the US join the Catholic Church.

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Ordination at Vatican

The vocations shortage has become an acute crisis almost everywhere except, perhaps, in Africa, writes Robert Mickens for NCR Online.

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Sister Teresa

Sister Teresa Forcades, a Harvard-educated doctor in public health, has left the Spanish mountain-top monastery which has been her home for the past two decades, and become a radical candidate for the next Catalan election.

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TV entertainer

The Irish singer and entertainer Val Doonican, who has died aged 88, had a string of middle-of-the-road hits and was at the heart of family weekend television viewing in the 1960s and 70s.

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Amazing Grace at St Peters

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Sending out the Apostles

Mark 6:7-13 Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

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Ritual losing meaning

Today we no longer understand the value and power of ritual. This is more than an individual failing. It’s the cultural air we breathe, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Celebrant adds magic

Chris and Leah O’Kane’s Nuptial Mass last year had all gone perfectly to plan, in a lavish and sacred ceremony, with a majestic church, angelic singing, Leah’s proud father escorting her to the altar and a collection of beautifully frocked bridesmaids attending.

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Workshops very successful

Dr Monica Applewhite will return to Brisbane to run workshops for clergy and lay leaders to reinforce that “sexual abuse concerns not just some in the Church but everyone”.

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With President Morales

Pope Francis has called on a million faithful to reject today's consumer society at an open-air Mass in Bolivia. He also advocated for the poor, saying "that no one has to be discarded."

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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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