Itinerary announced

One of the highlights of the Pope's visit to The Philippines in January will be a lunch with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the town of Palo, Leyte province, reports Ucanews.

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Unprecedented attack

Conservative culture warriors within the Church have criticised Francis openly and repeatedly in the wake of the special Synod. No Pope is the past 50 years has been attacked so brazenly, writes Michael Phelan in The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Georgina with mother and grandmother

Sydney teenager Georgina Bartter, who died after taking drugs at a music festival last weekend, will be farewelled today at a Requiem Mass in North Sydney, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Sisters

This is the website of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious family born of the great heart of Don Bosco and of the creative fidelity of St Maria Domenica Mazzarello.

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Moving journey

This edition of Compass follows Irishwoman Mari Steed on an emotional journey to piece together the missing links of her past, a life tainted by separation, loss and tragedy.

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With Francis last year

Sources close to legendary American singer Patti Smith have confirmed that she will be performing at the Holy See’s Christmas concert this year, reports The Huffington Post.

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Iraqi children

Aid to the Church in Need has released a report detailing the attack on religious freedom around the world. Fr Paul Stenhouse discusses its findings.

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Publication date announced

Pope Francis is to publish an encyclical on climate change and plans to convene a meeting of faith leaders on the issue ahead of two crucial summits on the environment next year, reports The Tablet.

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Rumblings over decision

A Melbourne Catholic girls school has received a $10,000 prize after winning a national competition sponsored by visiting American singer Katy Perry. But the decision has been criticised by schools for children with disabilities.

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Francis with new Irish envoy

Ireland has accredited a new envoy to the Vatican, three years after Dublin closed its embassy following a row over a sex abuse probe, reports AFP in Ucanews.

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Helping the homeless

The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St Peter's Square will include showers where the homeless can wash, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Bishops support health push

America's bishops have backed President Obama’s pledge to act on his own to fix what one bishop called “this broken and immoral system,” reports the Religion News Service.

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Community reaches out

A Townsville Catholic church community has banded together to try and save one of their parishioners from deportation back to Afghanistan, reports the ABC.

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Bishops en masse

Last week Pope Francis coined the term “peacock bishop,” who will do anything to become a bishop but “when he gets it, does not serve” but instead parades like a peacock. Theologian Fr Severino Dianich says the bishop question has become a key testing ground.

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The website

The National Office for the Participation of Women is an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, aimed at promoting the participation of women in the Church in Australia.

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Archbishop at installation

The new Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, has stepped into one of the most powerful jobs in Australian Catholicism. The big question is whether he can step out of the shadow of his predecessor, writes Andrew West in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Students in the audience

Pope Francis has condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Baby being vaccinated

A row between the Church and the government over a tetanus vaccine aimed at women in their childbearing years has prompted clergy to urge people to shun the injection, saying it’s a stealth population-control ploy, reports the RNS.

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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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