Francis at Synod

As people analyse and debate the final relatio or report from the Synod on the Family, there is a danger of missing the forest for the trees. Let's not forget the big picture, writres Thomas Reese in NCR Online.

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Demoted to ceremonial role

Conservative US Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed that he has been told he will be removed as the chief justice of the Vatican's Supreme Court, he told NCR Online at the Vatican on Saturday.

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Sr Mary OShannessy  speaking

A report on the work of Catholic Prison Ministry in Victoria, titled I Was In Prison, by Professor Ruth Webber, was launched earlier this month. Here, the author explains the report’s findings, in Kairos/CAM.

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St Mary MacKillop

The Mary MacKillop Foundation has announced funding for almost 70 life-changing community projects, driving greater social inclusion in Australia.

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Greeting to families

Here is the full text of the Bishops' closing message from the Vatican Synod on the Family: We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

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Synod session on Saturday

Pope Francis has suffered a setback as proposals for wider acceptance of gay people failed to win a two-thirds majority at the Synod, with paragraphs in a draft document stripped from the final text, reports the BBC.

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Thriller into melodrama

This multi-national mystery-thriller film is based on the best-selling 2011 novel of the same name by S J Watson about a person who is suffering from severe amnesia, and who learns that her life is a series of untruths.

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Inspector gives evidence

A NSW Police inspector learnt about scores of child sex abuse cases while on a Church advisory committee but did not report the information back to the force, the police watchdog heard on Friday, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Sisters of Nazareth

This is the website of the Sisters of Nazareth, who, as Catholic religious women, desire to seek God, become one with Him and take on His mind and way of life.

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Five lessons from Synod

The final Synod report will serve as a starting point for future discussion.  It was also presented with great transparency, including even sections that did not win the necessary votes for complete approval, says James Martin SJ in America.   

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Notre Dame University

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Tapestry of Paul VI at Vatican

Pope Francis has beatified Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, praising him as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Islam peaceful or violent?

One of Australia’s leading anthropologists disagrees with the description of Islam as a religion of peace, and he has engaged in a frank and robust debate with a prominent Australian Muslim academic on the subject.

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Asia Bibi in prison

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, has lost her High Court Appeal in Lahore, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Bo Bird with new priests

Four newly ordained priests from Vietnam and Samoa begin their training in the Diocese of Ballarat today, reports The Courier.

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The website

This website is the home of the Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia.

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Translation flawed

The reaction to the Synod interim relatio rumbles on. I have read the document, which perhaps many have not, and a model of clarity, concision and elegance it is not, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Br Gonsolmagno

Science and religion have often appeared at loggerheads, but Papal astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno says there is no need for conflict, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Cardinals at Synod

It seems increasingly clear that the Synod of Bishops' concluding document, the relatio synodi, will be substantially different than the mid-term relatio which was released on Monday, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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No compulsion to report

A senior police officer who sat on a panel set up by the Church to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse was not obligated to report the information she received, an inquiry has heard, reports the ABC on Yahoo7.

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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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