Asian opportunities

Pope Francis leaves on Wednesday for five days in South Korea, his first outing to Asia and a trip that seems almost perfectly to capture both the promise and the peril of his ambition to be a 'Peace Pope,' writes John Allen.

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Bowery sanctuary

Men lined up outside St Joseph House on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on a recent morning, all with their stomachs empty. Inside the dining hall, which is run by Catholic Worker, a hearty meal awaited, reports The New York Times.

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Christians flee Mosul

Pope Francis has decided to send a personal envoy, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, to Iraq, reports Vatican Insider. The decision comes as US forces have begun bombing Iraqi militants to help trapped refugees.

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This is the Australian homepage of the priests and brothers of The Society of the Catholic Apostolate, better known as the Pallottines. This Society of Apostolic life has around 2000 members worldwide.

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Gammy with Thai mother

The Vatican is warning that the alleged rejection of a baby born with Down syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand shows how babies have become consumer products for sale, reports the Religion News Service.

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Protesters in Detroit

The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting yesterday, after fanatical Islamic State fighters seized Iraq's largest Christian town. Pope Francis appealed to the international community to intervene as a humanitarian tragedy unfolds.

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Reaching out

Pope Francis has approval ratings any leader could envy: 88 percent of American Catholics think he's doing a good job, and nearly three quarters of Americans in general view him with favour. What is he doing right?

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Encores this weekend

Only a limited number of cinema venues have been selected for showing this film around the world. It was planned for simultaneous cinema release in Australia and New Zealand on August 6. 

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Vote to intensify

Catholic school teachers striking in Tasmania have voted to intensify an industrial campaign after teachers from 37 Catholic schools walked off the job yesterday, reports the ABC.

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Priest arrives in Madrid

An elderly Spanish missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia landed in Madrid yesterday, the first patient in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe for treatment, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Victims gather

The Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart told the congregation at the National Day of Mourning Memorial in Melbourne yesterday that Australians stand in solidarity with victims of the attack on flight MH17, reports Yahoo7.

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Cardinal Quevedo

A cardinal from the Philippines visiting the US has thanked the Knights of Columbus for the organisation's financial support following last year's devastating Typhoon Haiyan and noted the upcoming visit of Pope Francis next January.

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Sacred Heart

This is the homepage of the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation of Catholic religious women, known as the Religious of the Sacred Heart or RSCJ.

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Notre Dame University

Click on Media Releases to read the latest.

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Sr Philomene Tiernan

On July 17, Sr Philomene Tiernan, a former leader of the Sacred Heart Sisters in Australia, was one of the 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, writes The SMH.

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St Mary MacKillop

Sr Helen Barnes on the Feast of Mary MacKillop, Cardinal Clancy, JPII Leaders Forum in Melbourne, Caritas and City to Surf, low wages for child care workers, Brisbane parish prayers for Iraq, Abetz on abortion.

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Celtic cross

Gaza, 'Eucharistic famine:' Irish propose married priests, Caritas battles ebola, Philippines readies for Pope, remembering Gypsy Holocaust, Khmer Rouge convictions, Mexico says no military solution to child migrants, surrogacy scandal.

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Gallery of Maps, Vatican

Following its successful launch in the last European summer, Night Openings 2014 will present the second edition of Il Bello da Sentire, a program dedicated to art and music, at the Vatican and elsewhere in Italy.

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Papal passport

Rome Reports with a video of a typical day in the life of Pope Francis, a regular Argentinian, who also happens to be the spiritual leader of one billion Catholics around the globe.

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Christ rescuing Peter from Drowning

Matthew 14: 22-33 A moment of revelation as the disciples find themselves in the midst of rough waters.

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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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