Pakistan a failed state

One has to ask: Why can’t an avowedly Muslim state, founded by Muslims for Muslims, simply leave its Christian population alone, asks Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Bishop Juan Barros

The Pope's appointment this month of a bishop in Chile who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse has caused an outcry among victims and Catholic faithful, reports AP in Crux.

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Major parties speaking

St Vincent de Paul is holding a community forum on better housing outcomes for NSW next Wednesday in Parliament House.

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Bp Comensoli

A  festival will be held in Sydney's Waitara on March 27 to launch the Journey to World Youth Day 2016.

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Second day of protest

Troops have been deployed on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, to stop more rioting by Christians, angered by the deadly suicide-bomb attacks on churches in the city, according to AP, reports  The Catholic Herald.

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Plastic surgery under scrutiny

Can a good Roman Catholic get a nose job? What about a tummy tuck? Does the tradition of Pope Francis have wisdom to offer about cosmetic surgery? A recent Vatican paper examining women's cultures looks for answers, reports The New York Times.

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Collections online

The Vatican Museums originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513) and placed in what today is the Cortile Ottagono within the museum complex.

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Parade in Brisbane on Sunday

Thousands of revellers celebrated St Patrick's day across Sydney by consuming tens of thousands of litres of Guinness and tucking into the rare delicacies of boiled bacon, boiled cabbage, and boiled potatoes, reports the ABC.

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Indians at the rally

Thousands of Christians have rallied in Kolkata in India in a show of outrage over the recent gang-rape of an elderly nun, reports Ucanews.

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Unimaginable damage

The devastation caused by Cyclone Pam to Vanuatu in the Pacific over theweekend has provoked an immediate humanitarian response from Christian agencies and calls for urgent action on climate change, reports The Tablet.

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Savvy political brain

Beneath Francis's humble exterior lies the mind of a brilliant politician. So what political advantage does Francis derive from publicly suggesting he’ll have a short shelf life? Three points suggest themselves, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Archbishop Wilson

The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has vowed to clear his name after being charged by NSW police with concealing a serious offence regarding clerical child sexual abuse in the Hunter region nearly 30 years ago.

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St Patricks grave

Today is St Patrick's Day, the saint's day which has tremedous cut through all around the world.

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Wild, a spiritual journey

On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis outlined a program for Lent in his homily, citing readings from Book of Joel, Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians, and the Gospel of Matthew. Here are some films that exemplify the themes within his selected readings.

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Syrian refugees

In an unusually blunt endorsement of military action, the Vatican’s top diplomat at the UN has called for a co-ordinated international force to stop ISIS in Syria and Iraq from further assaults on Christians and other minority groups, reports Crux.

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Karachi protest

Pakistan’s most senior Catholic has blamed the Government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for failing to prevent Taliban suicide attacks on two churches in Lahore that claimed the lives of 14 people on Sunday, reports The Tablet.

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Stood down in 2013

The Church in Scotland has responded to media reports suggesting that the Church is “sitting on” a report on allegations regarding Cardinal Keith O'Brien, former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh who admitted sexual misconduct in 2013.

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Cardinal Muller

Bishops around the world have an obligation to ensure their priests do not commit acts of abuse, according to Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Lack of facilities

Catholic welfare group Centacare said it has been forced to place some women clients in South Australia in motels because of a lack of regional crisis services, reports AAP in The Daily Telegraph.

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Brother John Taylor

The 2014 Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize has been presented to two NSW students who have overcome significant hardship to attain outstanding results in last year’s Higher School Certificate.

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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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