Perfect Jubilee fit

If a sociologist from Mars came down to earth to study popular religion in Italy, the conclusion might be that the “Holy Trinity” is not composed of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but rather of God, the Virgin Mary, and Padre Pio, writes John Allen.

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Cardinal Pell

Justice Peter McClellan will announce today whether he will direct Cardinal George Pell to fly to Australia to give evidence to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Rain dampened 2014 festivities

The 2016 Sydney St Patrick’s Day parade has had to be cancelled after the volunteer committee in charge of the celebration ran up debts of $170,000, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Brother Martin

Brother Martin McHugh’s job can involve anything from attending court or running a men’s group to helping prisoners transition back into the community, reports the ABC.

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Patriarch Kirill

Pope Francis will meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill this week, the first ever meeting between a pontiff and leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in an unprecedented push for wider Christian unity, reports NCR Online.

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Strengtih in freedom

An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths, and when any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up. We cannot be bystanders to bigotry, writes Barack Obama, President of the United States.

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Mwedical support offered

Two of Australia’s largest Catholic healthcare organisations have offered medical support to hundreds of asylum-seekers applying for church sanctuary as they face deportation to Nauru, saying it reflected their “sacred duty” as healing organisations.

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Cardinal Marx

The Church in Germany has called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in the country, saying it cannot take in “all the world’s needy,” according to an interview published on Saturday, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Mexican welcome

Pope Francis will issue a decree authorising the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defence of Indian rights in the country, reports AP/Crux.

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Hampton Court Palace

The first Catholic Vespers will be celebrated at Hampton Court Palace next week for the first time in 450 years, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Sanctuary offer

The Catholic Church is ready to collaborate with other community organisations in supporting asylum-seekers, says Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv, the Australian Catholic Bishops spokesman on refugees and a former refugee himself.

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has warned churches and cathedrals offering “sanctuary” to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru that the government expects them to obey the law “no matter who you are”, reports The Australian.

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Huge rally for family

Italian senators have begun voting on a historic law to give legal rights to same-sex couples for the first time, in a key test of the authority of the Vatican.

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Anglican archbishop under scrutiny

The Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, has rejected claims that his actions led to a youth being abused by a paedophile priest more than 30 years ago, reports the ABC.

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Bakery guilty of discrimination

An appeal by the Irish Christian-run bakery at the centre of a discrimination case over its refusal to bake a cake embellished with a pro-gay marriage slogan has been adjourned following an intervention by the Attorney-General.

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Euro Parliament in Strasbourg

The European Parliament has passed a resolution recognising the Islamic State’s killing of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Padre Pio

Thousands of people have waited hours outside a Rome church to glimpse the mortal remains of St Padre Pio and St Leopold Mandic, two Capuchins popular as miracle workers and known particularly for the long hours they would spend hearing confessions.

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Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell has reiterated his willingness to assist the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, reports The Australian.

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George Weidenfeld

Lord Weidenfeld, the Austrian-born publisher who fled to England at the end of the 1930s, never forgot his refugee experience. Last year he funded a scheme, Operation Safe Havens, to help thousands of Syrian Christians fleeing ISIS.

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Delicate touch

The Florence Baptistery has a new North Door, thanks to the faithful application by craftsmen of 600-year-old techniques used to create a replica of one of the prime masterpieces in a city littered with them. The Florentine has the story.

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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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