Cardinal Burke

"Some protagonists in the Amoris tussle seem to be operating from an outdated political script, or perhaps they see something the rest of us don’t," writes John Allen in Crux.

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Vietnam trying to normalise relations

Pope Francis has welcomed President Tran Dai Quang to the Vatican, as the Vatican and Vietnam continue discussions aimed at establishing full diplomatic relations. The Catholic News Service reports.

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Victorian student teachers

Catholic Education Melbourne has warned that "nerds don't necessarily make good teachers" in response to a State government plan to beef up teaching standards. Fairfax Media reports.

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Ancy Johnson, in green

Walking through the streets of New Delhi led Indian laywoman Ancy Johnson to found a society that can now provide accommodation for 50 destitute men. Ucanews reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Balanced collection

By including numerous artists, writers, educators, and politicians, Charles Lysaght has created a balanced collection of obituaries of eminent Irish lives.

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Geena Davis leapt at the role

"It's a case of just reading something and saying, oh I want to do that," says acclaimed American actress Geena Davis about her role in an upcoming TV series of The Exorcist. Fairfax Media reports.

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Poison that corrupts

Pope Francis has called for courage and measures to be taken to act against drug-producing mafias, and especially against distributors, in a meeting with judges, doctors, politicians, and experts. Rome Reports has the story.

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Broad show of solidarity

The Houses of Parliament, churches, cathedrals, synagogues, and universities were lit up in red on Wednesday to highlight the plight of persecuted religious minorities abroad, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Bishop Thomas Dowd

Montreal’s community of English-speaking practising Catholics has shrunk to the point that 14 of the Archdiocese’s 34 parishes could face eventual closure barring an unexpected turnaround in fortunes, according to The Catholic Register.

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Massive event with a special guest

After months of preparation, Habsburgs from all over the world descended on Rome last weekend for their first global gathering in more than 15 years. Top of  the "to do" list: Meet the Pope. Eduard Habsburg tells the story.

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Fr Richard Shortall

Travelling Missionary of Mercy Fr Richard Shortall SJ has finished an exhausting mission to lift the burdens of people in regional communities. The Catholic Leader reports on his odyssey.

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No signs of slowing down

For the Catholic hierarchy, especially those working at the Vatican, 80 is a significant age. Pope Francis reaches that milestone on December 17 and the prospect has stirred much discussion in Rome. The Catholic News Service has the story.

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Legacy live and well

As the United States enters a period of unprecedented uncertainty, the canonisation of a radical peace activist who was imprisoned several times is becoming increasingly likely. Vicki Cosstick in The Tablet has the story.

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The Berrigan brothers

"'A prophet makes a vow of love, not of alienation.' Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they need to be highlighted today when a lot of very sincere, committed, religious people self-define as cultural warriors," writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Consider the fig tree

Luke 21:29-33 Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near.

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Father Edmund McCaffrey

Fr Edmund McCaffrey, a former Benedictine monk and former abbot of Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, has died, aged 83.

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Grand orchestral sound

Composer JJ Wright leads a jazz piano trio, the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, and Notre Dame Children's Choir in a hybrid ensemble that draws upon the O Antiphons for the last seven days of Advent. Rome Reports has the story.

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Joyous spreading of message

"Before my year of service in Ethiopia, I had not known of the Salesian family, its two well-known saints John Bosco and Mary Mazzarello, or of its network of brothers, sisters, priests, and supporters across the world," writes Christian Ruehling in Global Sisters Report.

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Liam Neeson stars

The first official trailer of Martin Scorsese’s much anticipated Silence has been released online. The Catholic Herald 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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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