Theme of compassion

Sydney poet Helen Thurloe has won the 2014 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Literature Prize with her poem Surgeon Mother. 

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Good and evil games

During the past 40 years, video games have evolved from simple black-and-white to complex multi-player games. Compass examines their narratives from basic good versus evil story lines to ones that require sophisticated choices. 

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James Foley

A priest has comforted the family of American journalist James Foley in New Hampshire after the Islamic State group released a gruesome video appearing to show him being beheaded by a masked militant, reports The Catholic Herald

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Franciscans Holy Land

The Franciscans are the historic custodians of the Holy Land, entrusted with the care of sacred places from Mt Nebo to Mt Tabor, the Holy Sepulchre to the Holy Cenacle, and across the land Jesus knew.

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Notre Dame University

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Palo Alto

First time writer/director Gia Goppola comes from a fantastically talented filmic family. Her grandfather is Francis Ford Coppola, her aunt is Sofia Coppola.

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Fr Fiasconaro

As dusk falls over Rome, giving only the slightest relief from the summer heat and humidity, two Conventual Franciscan friars join thousands of Romans and tourists on the banks of the Tiber River, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Global indifference

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa, asks Ronald Lauder in The New York Times.

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Differing interpretations

Pope Francis' cautious comments about American airstrikes and the use of force have fostered a welter of interpretations, from "tacit approval" to a "yellow light" to outright endorsement, reports CNN on Ucanews.

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Fr Russell Lapidez with locals

Six Augustinian Recollect missionaries are staying in their Sierra Leone mission, to offer encouragement and accompaniment to the people there and to help battle Ebola, reports NCR Online.

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Protesters hold candles

Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St Louis is asking Catholics to offer special prayers for peace in the coming days, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Cardinal Pell

A Victorian MP has criticised Cardinal George Pell over evidence provided about a paedophile priest during a parliamentary inquiry. Cardinal Pell has issued a statement saying any suggestion that he tried to ignore or conceal the report is false. 

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Sr Elizabeth Johnson

A religious sister who drew US Catholic bishops' ire over her writings says their investigation of women's orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up, reports the Religion News Service on Ucanews.

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Global reach

Pope Francis is the first non-European Pontiff in nearly 1,300 years, and the first ever from the developing world. In that light, his trip to South Korea showed what a truly globalised papacy looks like in action, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.

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Archbishop Gaenswein with Francis

Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Has asked for prayer

Two infant grandnephews of Pope Francis and their mother have been killed after their car slammed into the back of a truck in Argentina, authorities have said, according to an AFP report on Nine News.

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Loved by all

Hundreds of people including Aboriginal dancers adorned in traditional dress have gathered in Darwin for the funeral of Bishop Ted Collins, reports the ABC.

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Dame Meg Taylor

Dame Meg Taylor, a former student of St Scholastica's College, Glebe, in Sydney, has been appointed Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum and is the first woman to be selected for this leadership role, reports The Good Oil.

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Peter O

The head of the Catholic Church's response to sexual abuse allegations encouraged victims to go to the police, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has heard, reports the ABC.

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Gammy with Thai mother

The potential pitfalls of commercial surrogacy have emerged in the case of a Down's syndrome baby born to a Thai woman. Yet there may be circumstances in which the Church's ethical opposition to surrogate motherhood could be challenged, reports The Tablet.

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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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