Archbishop Hart

The recent horrors in Paris, Syria and throughout the Middle East show that our world has changed, says the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, in his Christmas message.

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Patricia Cowling

A special closing Eucharist was celebrated at Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral earlier this month to honour the 15 years that Mrs Patricia Cowling served as principal of Genazzano FCJ College.

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Heifer Iinternational

After brainstorming and an informal survey of family and friends, here are some Christmas gifts that focus on ways to offer our time and presence to others, writes Jennifer Mertens in NCR Online.

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Heart attack confirmed

An autopsy has revealed the ex-Papal Nuncio, Jozef Wesolowski, who was awaiting a Vatican trial on charges including the sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, the Vatican said.

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Presented catalogue of virtues

Pope Francis has urged Vatican bureaucrats to show more honesty, humility and sobriety as he issued a Christmas-time “catalogue of virtues” for them to follow after having excoriated them last year for a host of sins, reports AP/Crux.

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Kylo Ren and friends

The villains in the latest Star Wars film are not evil enough, according to the Vatican’s film critic in his review of the film, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Notre Dame University

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Joy Bedford

Retiring South Australian principal Joy Bedford was invited to address academics, cardinals and educators in the Vatican last month on her legacy of culturally-inclusive education at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College.

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Second miracle recognised

Pope Francis has authorised the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa, after the Vatican announced it has recognised a second miracle attributed to her. She will be canonised next September, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Canadian PM Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would ask Pope Francis to formally apologise for more than a century of abuses at Church-run boarding schools set up to assimilate Canada’s indigenous peoples, reports AFP/Yahoo.

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Mark Hamill as Luke

After witnessing the overwhelming popularity of Star Wars, director Francis Ford Coppola told George Lucas he should start his own religion. Lucas laughed him off, but Coppola may have been onto something, writes Patti McCarthy.

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Confession in the mall

Priests in Ireland have taken the Pope’s agenda of mercy in the Jubilee Year out into the public square.

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Seth and friends

Three old friends meet up on Christmas Eve for their final bar crawl through New York. This is the latest comedy from Seth Rogen and friends, a recipe for big laughs and surprising emotional depth, washed down with plenty of juvenile material.

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Not enough chaplains

A shortage of prison chaplains across England and Wales means that many prisoners will not be able to attend Mass on Christmas Day, reports The Tablet.

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Mood dampened by violence

The Christmas spirit this year in Bethlehem has been dampened by the political situation which, since October, has taken the lives of almost 100 Palestinians and 22 Israelis.

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Extraordinary generosity

A Newcastle woman’s final wishes were formally carried out on Friday when her $4.3 million estate was handed to St Vincent de Paul Society to help the charity better serve the Hunter’s homeless children and their families.

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Conciliatory gesture

An Italian cardinal accused of using charity money to refurbish his luxury apartment has donated 150,000 euros ($A227,000) to the foundation which allegedly footed the bill, reports AFP/Yahoo7.

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Notre Dame University

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Existential threat

The Prince of Wales has warned that the future of Christianity is in jeopardy in the Middle East, reports The Tablet.

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Reversal of fortune

A Canadian Supreme Court judge has reversed a decision by British Columbia’s law society that would have banned graduates of a Christian law school from practising law in the province, reports Ucanews.

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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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