Cardinal Burke plea

Cardinal Raymond Burke has urged Pope Francis to take the issues of Communion for the divorced and remarried, cohabitation and same-sex marriage “off the table” for next year’s Synod of Bishops, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Kathleen Yugumbari in Broome

A study of “rough sleepers” by Centacare in Broome has found more than 100 homeless Aborigines there, sparking claims that Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to close ­remote communities will exacerbate the problem, reports The Australian.

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Minority rights test

Malaysia’s Federal Court has fixed January 21 to hear the Church's review application following its failure to get leave to appeal the Home Minister's ban on the use of the word "Allah" in its weekly publication, The Herald, reports Ucanews.

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Cardinal interviewed at Vatican

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said that were he to start a church he would “love to have women priests.” The remarks came during an interview with 60 Minutes on American television network CBS, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Joan Clements with Francis

Joan Clements, a director of WOOMB International, attended the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican last month. Here, she gives a first-hand account of what it was like to have a seat in the room.

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Strong view on essentials

Pope Francis has asserted the right of children to grow up in homes with mothers and fathers but urged the de-politicisation of families, in an address to a Vatican conference promoting traditional marriage, reports NCR Online.

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Bartter family at funeral

Mourners at Georgina Bartter's memorial service at St Mary's Church in North Sydney yesterday heard there was a one in 10 million chance she would die from the drug she took at a music festival, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Too often ignored

Purgatory exists, even if we rarely talk about it, writes Fr Thomas Casey in The Catholic Herald.

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Maggie Smith in form

This British-American film is a comedy-drama movie that has a stellar cast. It is a film of a play by the same name, written in 2002 by the film's Director, Israel Horovitz.

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Philly visit confirmed

Pope Francis has officially announced that he will visit the US in September 2015, including a visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and New York City, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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The choir

This choir of men and women is united by a love of quality choral liturgical music and is part of the wider musical establishment at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, where it sings at least once a month.

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Sr Trombley

Fay Trombley, a Sister of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, has made Tuk in the Arctic Circle her home for the last 10 years. After retirement, she settled in the hamlet to fulfil a girlhood dream of serving as a missionary at the top of the world.

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Carl Sagan award

Vatican astronomer, Br Guy Consolmagno SJ, is to receive a prestigious scientific award by the American Astronomical Society this Thursday, reports The Tablet.

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Fury over disappearances

The Mexican Bishops' Conference has issued an impassioned plea for peace following the murder of 43 teacher trainees allegedly captured by crooked cops, killed by organised crime and burned, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Itinerary announced

One of the highlights of the Pope's visit to The Philippines in January will be a lunch with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the town of Palo, Leyte province, reports Ucanews.

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Unprecedented attack

Conservative culture warriors within the Church have criticised Francis openly and repeatedly in the wake of the special Synod. No Pope is the past 50 years has been attacked so brazenly, writes Michael Phelan in The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Georgina with mother and grandmother

Sydney teenager Georgina Bartter, who died after taking drugs at a music festival last weekend, will be farewelled today at a Requiem Mass in North Sydney, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Sisters

This is the website of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious family born of the great heart of Don Bosco and of the creative fidelity of St Maria Domenica Mazzarello.

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Moving journey

This edition of Compass follows Irishwoman Mari Steed on an emotional journey to piece together the missing links of her past, a life tainted by separation, loss and tragedy.

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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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