Boys respond to football

Colombian missionary Fr William Cañón noticed the boys in his new parish in Cameroon had a special love for soccer, and so he decided to take advantage of this opportunity to bring them closer to God.

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Archbishop Fisher celebrates Mass

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, celebrated Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday after a fightback from illness. In an interview with The Australian, he described the Greens' policies as contravening “basic moral ­standards.”

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Facebook posts condemned

Statements made by one of the defendants, Francesca Chaouqui, during the Vatileaks II trial might be “subject to legal action,” according to Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, reports Crux.

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Two popes together

Pope Emeritus Benedict's longtime aide, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has reignited the question of whether there are two popes or one, or whether the papacy itself has been redefined, writes David Gibson in the Religion News Service.

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Bold predictions

One of the Vatican’s most accomplished diplomats believes Pope Francis could become the first pontiff to visit Russia and China, reports Crux.

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Crossing boundaries

Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant has been won by a a 21-year-old Arab Israeli ballerina from a Catholic family in Nazareth, symbolising a moment of ethnic and religious acceptance, reports Reuters in the Religion News Service.

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Emotional meeting

Pope Francis has held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children, including a Nigerian boy whose parents drowned in a shipwreck, and told them migrants "are not dangerous, but in danger," reports AAP on SBS.

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Final prayers

An 11-year fight by a group of Boston parishioners to keep their church open came to an end yesterday after the US Supreme Court refused to hear their final appeal, leaving them no choice but to end their battle, reports AP in The Mail Online.

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Deacons in procession

Pope Francis has called on deacons to set aside their own self-serving plans and be generous with their lives, as he celebrated Mass yesterday for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Saw vocation in childhood

When Barbara Bochat was eight, she told her parents she wanted to be a teacher, but not an ordinary teacher. She wanted to be one of the teachers in robes – in other words, a nun and a teacher.

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The best book on Augustine

"I have read Augustine’s Confessions three times without properly understanding its purpose. This book by Rowan Williams is one I have been waiting all my adult life to read – though I did not realise it," enthuses A.N. Wilson.

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Breakthrough idea

In September 2014, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett - friends from St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace in Brisbane - decided to build a free mobile laundry for the homeless. Orange Sky now operates in 36 locations around the country.

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Feeding the multitude

Luke 9:11B-17 Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured.

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Mixed responses from churches

Whether out of conviction or convenience, thousands of migrants in Europe are converting to Christianity. The Daily Beast looks at what is behind the surge.

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Contrasting instincts

Francis seeks and pursues peace through encounter and dialogue, which stands him in sharp contrast to Benedict, who saw the desire to really listen to another viewpoint as being weak, as selling out the truth offered by the Church, writes Robert Mickens.

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Power of apology

John Garvey is president of the Catholic University of America. He has been married for 41 years and has five children. "I have had a lot of opportunities to apologise. I have learned that repentance is the duct tape of family life. It can fix anything.”

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Understanding death

Perhaps the most confusing of all truths about dying is this: Why did Jesus, the paragon of faith, die afraid, crying out in a pain that can seem like a loss of faith, asks Ron Rolheiser.

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Twin concerns

Sr Priscilla Solomon is an Ojibway indigenous woman from Canada and a Sister of St Joseph of Sault Ste Marie. She identifies with her mother's clan, the deer clan, and says it has imbued her with a strong sense of building communities.

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Witness to tough Irish history

The weather-beaten ironbark fence at Kevin Ahearn’s front door is a constant reminder of the priceless debt he owes his Catholic Irish ancestors.

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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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