Agreement reached

Catholic systemic school employers in NSW and the ACT have reached settlement with the union on a new Enterprise Agreement for over 23,000 Catholic school staff.

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Highly anticipated

Pope Francis’ coming encyclical on the environment will represent “a significant moment in the life of the church,” an American archbishop said on Wednesday at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, reports NCR.

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Ordeal in the heat

A sister from Ireland and a sister from New Zealand were rushed to a hospital in Rome on Monday after having spent the weekend trapped in a lift without food or water, as temperatures soared outside, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Sacred Destinations is an ecumenical guide to more than 1,250 sacred sites, holy places, pilgrimage destinations, religious architecture and sacred art in more than 60 countries around the world.

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Talks yesterday

Pope Francis has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to commit himself to a "sincere and great effort" to achieve peace in Ukraine, the Vatican said, reports Reuters in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Mass for Pope

Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone has premiered a Mass he composed to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Jesuit order and named for its most illustrious member, Pope Francis, reports AP in The Washington Post.

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Innovative look

The Milk design website carries images and stories about new and innovative designs from all walks of life - including churches.

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The happy couple

A visit to Rome, a request for directions, and American woman Miranda Emde fell in love with a Swiss Guard.

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Subdivision approved

Plans by the Church to subdivide the Bishop of Sandhurst's residence in Bendigo, in central Victoria, have been approved, reports the ABC.

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May 24 fundraiser

Vinnies at Belmore in Sydney's west is preparing for a spike in requests for assistance as winter descends on Sydney, reports The Catholic Weekly

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Strong message expected

Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message, one that could make some readers uncomfortable, according to some observers, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Hatred obscures the truth

I was struck by the hatred displayed by writers at the Royal Commission hearings in Ballarat. It is understandable. But hatred avoids questions by trying to obliterate those whose lives pose them to us, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ, in Eureka Street.

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Russell Brand narrates

Everyone knows the story of the Emperor’s new clothes, a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Just in case they don't, Russell Brand narrates it at the opening of this documentary with visuals of the inauguration of a London Lord Mayor .

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Significant reform

Pope Francis has approved the outline of a new system of accountability for bishops who do not appropriately handle accusations of clergy sexual abuse, reports NCR Online.

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Execution due today

The Church in Pakistan is pleading with the national government to grant clemency to a Christian death row convict, due to be executed today, who was a juvenile at the time of the alleged crime, reports Ucanews.

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Pilgrims at Medjugorje

Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Bishop McKenna

The Diocese of Bathurst will celebrate its 150th anniversary later this month. It will be marked by a message from Pope Francis and a road trip around the far-flung diocese, reports The Western Advocate.

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Warning after attacks

Pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela have been warned not to venture alone on a section of the path where an American woman has disappeared, and other walkers have reported assaults, reports The Tablet.

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Strong interest expected

Tasmanians are being given the rare opportunity to see the 800-year old Relic of St Anthony of Padua, reports The Hobart Mercury.

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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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