Immense challenges

The Church’s teaching on marriage and family life is disconnected from the real-life experience of many Irish Catholics, the country’s bishops have acknowledged, reports The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Size of a lentil

They’re not much larger than lentils, but size doesn’t minimise the potential significance of nine newfound Dead Sea Scrolls that have lain unopened for the better part of six decades, reports Ucanews.

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Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell will talk about the importance of Church land in Manly next week, as guest of honour at the opening of a large estate, reports The Manly Daily.

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Special needs students

Parents in South Australia were not told their children might have been victims of sexual abuse after two inquiries into a school bus driver were shelved, a Royal Commission has heard, reports SkyNews.

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Catholics gather for prayer

As the Russian president signed a bill to annex Crimea on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the peninsula has been experiencing what a Church official calls 'total persecution,' reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Professional Indian women

In a local culture prone to viewing women as property, Sister Daphne Sequeira has dedicated her life to offering education and a hopeful future to those in Northern India's rural villages, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Sr Mary Waskowiak

Mercy Sister Mary Waskowiak, former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was recently in Australia for the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes. Here she shares her thoughts on leadership development and mentoring.

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Farewell Mass

A farewell Mass of thanksgiving for Cardinal Pell will be held at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral, next Thursday March 27.

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To infinity and beyond

The ultimate question of life beyond Earth and the solar system takes centre stage in a science conference led by the Vatican Observatory and the University of Arizona this week, reports Foxnews.

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Turin Book Fair

The Holy See will have its own stand at the 27th Turin International Book Fair, with works by Popes Francis, Benedict XVI and John Paul II. The event will be introduced by Cardinals Gianfranco Ravasi and Parolin, reports Vatican Insider.

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Massive breach

False tax returns filed in the names of as many as 90,000 archdiocesan, school and parish employees and volunteers have alerted the US Archdiocese of Seattle to a massive security breach, reports NCR Online.

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Street march in Kiev

Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church on Monday, the day after pro-Russian voters on the Crimean peninsula voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum the US and EU called illegal, reports CNS/NCR.

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Meat alternative

Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Lawyer gave evidence

Cardinal George Pell knew a law firm defending the Church in an abuse claim would refuse to mediate, challenge the victim's claims, and oppose it on time-limit grounds, an inquiry has heard, reports SkyNews.

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Jesuit Refugee Service

JRS Australia has launched a new website which aims to use stories and images to publicise the work it does and to advocate on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers with whom it works.

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Inspiration for artists

Winners of the Clancy Prize for Religious Art will be announced at the opening night of an exhibition showcasing the entries at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) McGlade Gallery in Strathfield in Sydney this week.

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Andrew Forrest and Francis

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has launched a global network, along with the Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim institution, to end human trafficking worldwide by 2020, reports CNS/The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Queen of Sheba film

This webpage at xt3.com features  a series of podcasts discussing women in the Bible - from Hagar and Sarah, to the Queen of Sheba to Mary Magdalene and beyond, there are amazing stories to tell.

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Evidence contradicted

A senior Church official and associate of Cardinal George Pell has contradicted the former archbishop's assertion that he was unaware of how much money abuse victim John Ellis was seeking from the Church, reports AAP/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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