'Be made clean'

13-Feb-2015
Jesus heals the leper 2

Jesus continues his ministry in the lead-up to the beginning of Lent, and finds there is both need and faith on his travels.

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Francis and child CNS

In this week's  YouTube digest, available on CathNews on YouTube, a round-up of videos from around the world. 

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Change of heart

New Victorian primary school, Pope assassination rumour discounted, English diocese fights school transport bias, why altar girl changed her mind.

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Passable but predictable

This American movie is based on the first novel of a trilogy of the same name wich has sold millions of copies, and the first instalment has been brought to the cinema with erotic intent which reflects the thrust of the book.

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Francis on Ash Wednesday

The beginning of Lent focused lenses on the Vatican this week, as Pope Francis took the lead in the Ash Wednesday liturgy there.

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Cardinal Napier

As fresh economic reforms begin to take hold in the Vatican, the Council for the Economy has faced resistance from larger offices that were used to having greater autonomy, said a cardinal member of the council, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Owned by Liberace

A former US Catholic prison chaplain has been charged with trying to help an imprisoned Chicago mobster recover what is believed to be a 250-year-old Stradivarius violin hidden to keep the government from selling it, reports The Guardian.

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Thunderbolt moment

Stefan Matuszek had his life mapped out with plans including meeting his dream girl, starting a family and studying to become an engineer. Tonight he will be ordained into diaconate in Lismore, northern NSW, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Billy and friends

This film is billed as a comedy and there is a great deal of humour in it, verbal, action, eccentric characters. However, the mood changes mid-film and there is also a great deal of pathos.

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Ruling overturned

Canadian Church leaders and advocates for the disabled have reacted with dismay at a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down laws against physician-assisted suicide, reports the Catholic News Service.

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New perspective

After finishing Year 12, Madeleine Whitby took a gap year and travelled to Africa. It changed her perspective on propserity and poverty, and was one of the best experiences of her life, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Church response criticised

The Royal Commission has found that the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, placed the Church’s financial interests above his obligation to a victim of sexual abuse to protect the Church's assets, reports The Australian.

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Controversial genetics

Church authorities’ objection to proposed UK legislation permitting the use of the DNA of a female donor to enable a couple to avoid having a genetically disabled child raises several ethical issues, writes Jack Mahoney in The Tablet.

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Archbishop Souraphiel

One of the 20 prelates who will be named a cardinal by Pope Francis on Saturday has called for the Vatican to focus its energies on speaking on behalf of suffering people, saying it should be "the voice of the voiceless" reports NCR Online.

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lenten resource

The Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn's website is offering an on-line Lenten program.

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Notre Dame University

Click on Media Releases to read the latest.

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Francis remarks clarified

US Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Helpful resource

What do priests do when we retire? Or a better question is, what can priests do when we retire? How can we use our experience to ease the burdens of parish priests overloaded with work due to a dire priest shortage, asks Robert Duch in NCR Online.

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Call to remove statue

Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonise Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit, a California legislator has proposed replacing his statue in the US Capitol, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Culture determines relevance

The appropriate length and style of a homily are judged largely by the particular congregation at Mass, said the new head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, reports the Catholic News Service.

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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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