Chance for new start

The debt crisis in Greece provides an opportunity to "define a new concept of Europe" and develop ways of finding unity on issues other than money, the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper said on Monday, reports The Tablet.

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Rowdy protests in March

Three lay delegates from Chile will travel this week to Bolivia to present a letter of protest to Pope Francis against the installation of Osorno's new Bishop, a decision as unpopular with Chile's other bishops as it was with the clergy and laypeople of the diocese.

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Message of solidarity

Standing amid a million people in a park in Quito commemorating South America's 200-year-old cry for independence, Pope Francis called yesterday for unity among its people and for rejection of authoritarianism, reports NCR Online.

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Soprano Anna Fraser

More than 120 members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' Symphony Chorus will perform a French repertoire of 18th and 19th century composers when they give two concert performances at St Mary's Cathedral this weekend.

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Inspiring holiness

Dorothy Day is one of those extraordinary people whose holiness is a reminder of how Christians are meant to try to live – and why I am a Catholic, writes Francis Phillips in The Catholic Herald.

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More than 70 years

The Catholic Bushwalking Club of NSW has more than 400 members and been running for more than 70 years.

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Charming story

The Nightingale is a Chinese film with universal appeal, written and directed by a Frenchman, Philippe Muyl, interpreting a Chinese story with a Chinese cast.

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Several dioceses affected

A Chinese government-led cross demolition campaign has spread from Wenzhou to other dioceses in Zhejiang province with five Catholic churches having their crosses removed last week, reports Ucanews.

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Open air Mass

A bishop in England has urged parishes to walk to Mass, eat less meat, and use low-energy light bulbs in response to Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter on the environment, reports The Tablet.

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Auxiliary Bishop Shomali

Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate has called for people in Jerusalem to be vigilant, following the distribution of anti-Christian leaflets in Jerusalem, reports Aid to the Church in Need.

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Aboard Papal flight

Even in the midst of a jam packed three-nation tour, Pope Francis took time to act as a pastor on Monday morning, recording a video message for Lisandro Zeno, 25, a fellow Argentinean who was diagnosed last year with leukaemia, reports Crux.

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Jeanette and Alexander Toczko

The love story of Jeanette and Alexander Toczko is one that is simple and epic at the same time. After 75 years of marriage, they died within 24 hours of each other, reports People.

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Time to move on

With the US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage throughout the United States, the US bishops should get a new set of priorities and a new set of lawyers, writes Thomas Reese in NCR Online.

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Fails to satisfy

This "reset" of James Cameron’s iconic franchise never scales the same lofty heights set bythe first two. Not even an infectious return from Schwarzenegger can rescue this from an onslaught of digital effects and idiotically complex plotting.

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Tim Wilson

The campaign to legalise same-sex marriage has been hindered by its neglect of the preservation of religious freedoms, ­according to a new proposal from Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, reports The Australian.

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Dangerous radical shift

Euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practises, but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values, says internationally renowned Australian ethicist, Margaret Somerville.

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Figures massaged

Opponents of non-government schools have again selectively used facts and figures to undermine the place of non-government schools in Australia's educational landscape, the National Catholic Education Commission says.

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Million at Mass

Pope Francis said Mass for more than half a million Ecuadoreans yesterday and hinted he wanted the October Synod to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church, reports Reuters.

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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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