Detail from Aztec exhibit

The Vatican Museums have introduced a new addition to its ethnological collection and a multi-lingual book, both titled The Americas.

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Public celebration planned

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will make a rare public appearance next week to mark the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Pope Francis is scheduled to attend the event, to be held in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, reports Crux.

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Woefully underprepared

The Pope’s recent comments on marriage, which have raised a few eyebrows, do at least contain one statement with which I wholeheartedly agree. It is this: “Marriage is the most difficult area of pastoral work,” writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

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Regis Philbin in Manhattan

As a boy, Regis Philbin's father got into a fight with a priest at his high school in Manhattan and was asked to leave. The incident affected him so much he named his son after the school. The celebrated TV show host reflects on the lessons of his younger life.

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Nathaniel Peters and Barbara

Nathaniel Peters has musical royalty in his blood. His great-grandparents were Maria and Georg von Trapp, famous for The Sound of Music. His own courtship and Catholic wedding could have made another Hollywood blockbuster.

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Innovative program

The Church has launched a new kind of "special forces" in the fight against child abuse, with graduates from around the world awarded special certificates in the safeguarding of minors, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Big movement growing

Last week’s decision by four Australian orders to divest fully from fossil fuels can be interpreted as a direct response to the encyclical on the environment, issued by Pope Francis almost exactly a year ago, writes Neil Ormerod in The Conversation.

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Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos II

As the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church opened with only 10 of the 14 Orthodox Churches represented, Pope Francis offered his prayers, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Cardinal under pressure

Prosecutors in Spain have said they are investigating a cardinal for possible criminal hate speech because of remarks he made recently about the gay community, reports AP in The Catholic Herald.

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Figari considered untouchable

The Sodalitium of Christian Life movement founded by Peruvian Luis Fernando Figari answered only to the Vatican but his decades of alleged physical and sexual abuse are likely to go unpunished, reports The Guardian.

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Sentiment divided

Are Catholic values best served by Britain remaining in the European Union? British Catholics have debated the question in the lead-up to this Thursday's "Brexit" referendum, reports The Tablet.

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Vital signs good

There is a young and vital presence of religious Sisters, novices and postulants in US Catholic life, a new survey has found, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Young St Ignatius

An audience in the Vatican was treated last week to a screening of Ignacio de Loyola, a biography of the life of the founder of the Jesuits, reports Rappler.

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Bucking the trend

Increasing attendance at the six weekend Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes in Sunnybank, Brisbane, have convinced Fr Dan Ryan to sign the papers for a major church expansion this year, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Explained audit amendment

The financial reforms of the Holy See are “irreversible” and have ensured there are no more “pools of darkness in the Vatican,” according to Cardinal Pell, the Vatican's financial chief, reports The Tablet.

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Swayed by new article

A prominent New Testament scholar who for four years has promoted a papyrus fragment suggesting that Jesus was married has accepted it is probably a fake, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Homeless angry about marquee

An angry group of homeless people gatecrashed the Vinnies CEO Sleepout event in Adelaide's CBD on Friday, accusing participants of not understanding their plight, reports the ABC.

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Notre Dame University

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Comments revised

Pope Francis said "a portion" of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

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

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