Ambulance attends scene

Two 13-year-old girls were taken to hospital and 22 students treated for possible electric shock after a suspected lightning strike at a Catholic school oval in Sydney's west yesterday morning, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Tight finish

St Peter's cricket club, the Vatican's own cricket team which was blessed by the Pope, has won its inaugural fixture against an Author's XI in England in a thrilling encounter, reports its Facebook page.

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Renewing neighbourhoods

The city of Rochester in New York State has kicked off a program aimed at improving relations between community members and law enforcement, which sees clergy pairing up with police officers on foot patrols, reports The Huffington Post.

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Pessimistic about conflict

Pope Francis has said that current conflicts taking place around the world amount to a "piecemeal" Third World War. He also condemned the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism", reports The Catholic Herald.

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Micaela Cronin

The CEO of MacKillop Family Services Micaela Cronin has won the 2014 Robin Clark Awards for Inspirational Leadership in the Field.

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New ambassador at stake

An independent Scotland would require its own Papal Nuncio. While the Scottish Church currently has its own hierarchy and bishops' conference, the Pope appoints nuncios to the United Kingdom as a whole, reports The Tablet.

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Parishioners distressed

A formerly Hobart-based priest has been removed from his duties in a New Zealand parish after being charged with indecent assault, reports The Examiner.

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Clash in public realm

While Vatican officials disown libertarianism and all Pope Francis' statements on politics stand against it, a loud portion of Western Catholics in the political realm seems committed to it. Elizabeth Bruenig asks why, in NCR Online.

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NSW Biobanking plan

When our actions deplete or lead to the destruction of species, surely we need to pause, says Good Samaritan Sister, Catherine McCahill, in The Good Oil.

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Homepage

The Father Bob Maguire Foundation is in the business of ending homelessness and believes that "if just one person is living homeless in Melbourne, then we are failing as a society".

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Notre Dame University

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Inspired by Pope

The Australian Institute of Architects has acknowledged Canberra architect Enrico Taglietti by short-listing his building, the Apostolic Nunciature, for the 2014 national awards in the enduring architecture section, reports The Canberra Times.

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Archbishop Costelloe

Child abuse awareness classes will be taught at Catholic schools and Sunday schools in the Archdiocese of Perth as part of sweeping anti-abuse measures, reports PerthNow.

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Cherished landmark

Moves to demolish a Yamaha motorbike shop, a blot on the landscape of the Bendigo Cathedral, have been applauded, reports The Bendigo Advertiser.

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Rev Ian Paisley

The Rev Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, has died in Belfast, aged 88, reports news.com.au.

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Election platform launch

Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday to launch its 2014 State Election platform, titled Mend the Net.

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Notre Dame University

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Franciscan Sisters website

Among the features of the website of the Franciscan Sisters is a song of the month. September's song is In the Middle of Heaven and Here by Ken Yates.

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Signs of an evolution

From the beginning of his Pontificate, Francis has been known to be a pragmatist on LGBT issues, and recent signals have prompted the question: Is the Church 'evolving' on gay marriage, asks Time magazine.

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Francis with child at leg

What should you do when a child starts crying in church during Mass? Children can make a lot of noise, and this question poses a challenge for three sets of people, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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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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