Iraqi refugees chased out of Nineveh

As secretary to the Melkite Catholic Patriarch, Fr Rami Wakim has met scores of Syrian refugees. But he said he was shocked at the flood of displaced Iraqis he encountered in Irbil, Iraq, reports The Catholic Herald.

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research uncertainty

US Church leaders have urged Catholics not to join in the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising stunt because the charity profiting from it funds embryonic stem cell research, reports The Tablet.

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Archbishop Hart

The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has appointed a former Federal Court judge to review the Church’s Victorian complaints protocol, while maintaining the process is conducted with professionalism and compassion, reports The Australian.

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Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has done us a service in his honesty by grimly pointing out that people like him don’t believe in the sanctity of choice anymore than I do. They too believe in obligation and tradition, writes Max Wind-Cowie in The Catholic Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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ACSJC

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) was set up by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in 1987 as the national justice and peace agency of the Church in Australia.

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Respecting the dead

The proportion of Americans who don't identify with a specific faith is growing. What does this mean for the future of funeral rites, asks The Atlantic.

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Document under revision

Pope Francis has confirmed that his encyclical on the environment has been written and is currently under revision, reports Vatican Radio.

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Host returned

Satanists have returned a consecrated wafer intended for use in a black mass after a US archdiocese threatened them with legal action, reports The Tablet.

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Request follows decree

The Vatican has asked the Archdiocese of Sydney to review an investigation conducted under Cardinal George Pell, which criticised the credibility of two alleged victims of Church child sex abuse, reports The Australian.

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Relief agency protocols

Catholic Relief Services has decided to keep its personnel in the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, while following enhanced sanitary procedures and restricting most travel, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Bp Fisher speaking out

Church leaders have called on Australians to stop turning a blind eye to the butchery of Christians, as well as Muslims and other groups, by radicals from Islamic State, reports The Australian.

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250 attended Mass

More than 250 people came to celebrate with Caritas Australia as the organisaiton  marked its 50th Anniversary with a Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral last week, reports Kairos in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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Notre Dame University

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ACMRO

This is the website of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO), which was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference in 1995.

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Three religions together

When you take religion seriously, it unites rather than divides humanity, according to the 12 Jews, Christians and Muslims who travelled from Melbourne on a Joint Journey to Jerusalem.

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Francis opens large door

Why has the Pope made a continent where only three per cent of the population is Catholic a priority? Francis sees Asia as the spiritual battery that will power the Church in the 21st century, writes the Catholic Herald in an editorial.

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Phoned journalist family

Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a US journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria yesterday to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Extension certain

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse looks certain to be granted a two-year extension after Prime Minister Tony Abbott backed calls for additional funding, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Seminarians

The need to bring seminaries into the 21st century is well overdue, writes Bill Tammeus in NCR online.

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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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