Vulnerable sanctuaries

Respect for holy places is diminishing, as witnessed by the global growth of sacrilegious violence. It makes a mockery of the very word we use for our sacred spaces – sanctuary, writes Fr Raymond de Souza in The Catholic Herald.

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Fast track path

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down a cross-party attempt to legalise same-sex marriage, but faces six weeks of potentially divisive debate over the issue, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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Katy Perry versus Sisters

The Archbishop of Los Angeles is battling Sisters of the Immaculate Heart over the sale of their former convent to international superstar singer Katy Perry, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Cardinal Turkson

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Vatican’s top spokesman on social justice, has told a UN conference in New York that the world needs to find new ways of understanding economic growth if it is to reverse global warming and overcome poverty, reports The Tablet.

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Power and the poor

The details of Pope Francis’ itinerary for his US visit in September show how this “Pope of the people” wants to avoid becoming a prisoner of the East Coast “power corridor” in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

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Archbishhop Nienstedt

The entire community should be represented in identifying the most qualified clerical leaders. And it should be the rule, not the exception, that the recommended candidate comes from the local clergy, especially in established dioceses, writes Robert Mickens.

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Public address

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, will give a lecture on the importance of marriage and family in contemporary society on July 22.

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The Daughters of Divine Zeal is an international Catholic religious institute of women who offer service to the needs of the Church in various parts of the world.

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Dalai Lama with Patti Smith

The Dalai Lama has spoken out in support of Laudato Si’, the Pope’s Encyclical on the environment, during a visit to the Glastonbury music festival in England, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Sr Odile Coirier

A radical notion about serving the marginalised encouraged Sr Eileen Reilly to accept a job at the United Nations, writes Kelly Litt in Global Sisters Report.

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Deeper meanings embedded

Catholic journalists should look beneath the surface when reporting on Pope Francis with his compelling photo opportunities and "buzz-catching expressions," reports the Catholic News Service.

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Respect must be real

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago called on Catholics to offer a “real” welcome to LGBT people following last week’s US Supreme Court decision striking down state bans on same-sex marriage, while reiterating the Church’s position on marriage, reports Crux.

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Arcbhishops Fisher and Cupich

The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, was among 46 prelates from around the world who concelebrated a special Mass in their honour with Pope Francis in Rome yestersday. Francis told them they should live lives "coherent" with what they preach.

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Jacqui Remond

Jacqui Rémond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, will provide insights into the Pope's Encyclical Laudato Si': On the Care of our Common Home in Melbourne next month.

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Conspicuous omission

The many beautiful and challenging elements of Laudato Si' have been justifiably lauded in both the religious and secular media but one issues was neglected: Overpopulation. Jamie Manson comments for NCR Online.

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Breaking ground

The $35 million redevelopment of the St Christopher's Cathedral Precinct at Manuka in Canberra is on time and on budget, the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn said, reports The Canberra Times.

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Consistory sitting

The Pope has approved decrees permitting the canonisation of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Unique history

Located on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee and at the eastern foothills of Mount Arbel, Magdala is a unique site in the Holy Land.

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