In relaxed mode

"Pretty much everything a pope does exercises leadership and shapes culture in the Church, whether or not it comes wrapped in a binding magisterial declaration, and the creation of 17 new Cardinals was a case in point," writes John Allen.

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St John Paul II in Alice Springs

Church leaders, parishes, and indigenous communities will gather together this Sunday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Saint John Paul II's visit to Alice Springs on November 29, 1986.

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Judge ends staemate

The remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen are to be moved from St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to the Illinois city of Peoria after a two-year dispute between the two dioceses. The Catholic Herald has the story.

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Candid quotes

Pope Francis In His Own Words, a new documentary containing some of the most important quotes from Pope Francis, has just been released. Rome Reports has the story.

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Parties given until this morning

A NSW Supreme Court judge has ordered that lawyers for the Church and two women suing it over their alleged child sexual abuse attempt to settle the case outside court, reports the ABC.

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Victims

The Church in Rwanda has apologised for its role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regretted the actions of those who participated in the massacres, according to AP in Crux.

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Candid TV interview

The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, says the happiest years of his priesthood were spent working with young Irish immigrants in New York in the 1980s. The Irish Catholic reports.

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Francis signs the apostolic letters

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion, extending special permission he had granted them in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Francis compared to predecessors

Pope Francis is trying to build a Church that emphasises inclusion and mercy, and focuses on serving marginalised people. Can he appoint enough like-minded Cardinals to ensure that his vision will endure after he dies, asks The New York Times.

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Archbishop Hart

The Archdiocese of Melbourne has announced that it will double the compensation cap available to survivors of child sexual abuse seeking redress through the Melbourne Response to $150,000.

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Fr Kelly

Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over the beach when his Schoolies week came around. He thought he could avoid Schoolies all his life, until a recent appointment placed him as police chaplain on the Gold Coast, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Fr McDonagh

World renowned eco-theologian Fr Sean McDonagh, who helped contribute to early drafts of Laudato Si’, has just finished a speaking tour of Australia to spread its message. The Catholic Leader spoke to him.

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Call to unity

The Church's 17 new Cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world, and sometimes a Church, often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said on Saturday, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Pope unhappy with criticisms

The debate over Amoris Laetitia has intensified, after Pope Francis suggested that some responses do not understand the document, according to The Catholic Herald.

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Francis with UISG Head Sr Carmen Sammut

The new Vatican commission studying the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Church will be meeting in Rome for the first time as a full group this week. NCR has the story.

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Rejection was right response

"It would have been a dark day had the South Australian parliament authorised euthanasia, and it was a relief to read that the bill did not proceed to law," writes Greg O'Kelly, the Bishop of Port Pirie, in a pastoral letter.

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Closing the Holy Door

Pope Francis has closed the Holy Year of Mercy by calling the Church back to its roots in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, telling clergy and pilgrims that using “power and success” to evangelise betrays the Gospel message. Religion News Service reports.

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Latest in series

"Human trafficking and similar forms of exploitation affect every country on earth," writes Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC), in a new report on human trafficking and slavery.

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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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