Teachers on strike

Catholic teacher union bosses say the system is flush after budget boosts, urging them to break an industrial action stalemate, reports news.com.au.

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Breach of trust argued

A Victorian woman has sued a Catholic priest and the order to which he belongs, for breaching duty of care after the two carried on the long-running relationship, despite the priest's vow of chastity, reports Nine News.

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Manus Island detention centre

Two significant news items about asylum seekers came in the past week. A man died from an infection acquired on Manus Island, and the Red Cross laid off 500 workers after losing a contract to provide community support, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Notre Dame University

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Resignation accepted

Pope Francis has accepted Cardinal Sean Brady’s resignation as leader of the Church in Ireland, reports The Irish Independent.

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St Bakhita markets

The St Bakhita Centre is a place of welcome and hospitality for the Sudanese community in Sydney. Various activities take place at the Centre, including English lessons, pre-schooler play, a choir, markets and faith development.

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Laurence Olivier as Richard III

Francis on Mother Teresa, Iraq crisis, new Primate for Ireland, Cardinal Turkson on ethical trade, Pope's condolences for slain journalist, papal visit to Philippines, Chinese police break-up prayers for MH370, Dalai Lama last of the line? 

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ALP Senator Penny Wong

Church reaches out as Riverina mourns murdered family, 25 years of Notre Dame University, battling depression, suicide prevention day,  40 years for Archbishop Julian, on the road with Archbishop Prowse, Sr Joan Healy honoured.

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Too much charisma

Pope Francis's charisma and concern for people at society’s margins can be awesome to behold. As a result, it’s almost impossible sometimes not to go soft on him. There are at least four hard questions not being asked, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Putin and Ukraine Patriarch

Vladimir Putin is possessed by Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, the head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church has claimed in a statement titled "New Cain," reports The Telegraph.

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Archbishop Parolin signal

Just one month ahead of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the Vatican Secretary of State has given an indication that its main focus may not be on reforms but on the legal and cultural threats to the family itself, reports The Tablet.

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Snr Madigan leaving Parliament

Senate crossbencher John Madigan has announced that he is resigning from the Democratic Labour Party because of a "cancer of political intrigue" within its ranks, reports the ABC.

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Into a new world

This is a title that a customer might have to memorise exactly while going to the box office. The novel that spawned the film has a strong reputation in Scandinavia. And local audiences there have enjoyed the adaptation.

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The Maitland Newcastle Diocesan magazine Aurora has taken home the 2014 Gutenberg Award, the premier annual award of the Australasian Religious Press Association at ARPA's annual awards dinner in Canberra on Saturday.

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Attendance surge

The "Francis effect" has spilled over into the Sistine Chapel, bringing a surge in visitors but also increasing risks to maintenance of what Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, calls "the world's chapel," reports the Catholic News Service.

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Cardinal Canizares

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW), is to leave the Roman Curia and return to his native diocese of Valencia as Archbishop, reports The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Challenge to core values

The American Diocese of Baton Rouge has asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a state Supreme Court decision that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in an abuse case, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Exposed in Bosnia

A Catholic priest expelled from the Archdiocese of Melbourne for sexual abuse has been allowed to resume his duties in an overseas parish despite a warning from Archbishop Hart to the Church hierarchy in Bosnia, reports The Age.

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence

The revelations of celebrity photo hacking reminds us that we need to tackle the question of invasion of privacy, though how to do so in the digital age is problematic, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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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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