Globetrotter on mission

Francis's trip to South Korea in August provides an opportunity to tick three boxes at once, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.

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Strong statement

The Church should have a lifelong responsibility, financial and emotional, for victims who were sexually abused by priests, a senior Church official said yesterday, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Power of gesture

From the moment Pope Francis, dressed simply in a white cassock, stepped out on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica for the first time and bowed, he signalled his Pontificate would bring some style differences to the Papacy, reports CNS.

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Artemisia dominates

This fantasy-action movie appears seven years after the film, 300 (2006), and depicts events occurring before, during, and after what happened in that film.

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Historic audience

Later this month, Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to hold an exclusive audience with people who are blind and deaf, an encounter participants are highly anticipating, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Resistance to reform

The Pope is facing opposition from within the Church to efforts to change the rules and allow remarried people to receive Holy Communion, a leading clergyman said yesterday, reports The Times/The Australian.

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All is Lost

13-Mar-2014
Wordless drama

This American drama is about a man 'lost' at sea. It practically has no dialogue, and Robert Redford, as an unnamed character, is the only person in it, and Redford narrates the movie. In the entire film there are only a few spoken lines.

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Journeys With Jesus

Journeys With Jesus is a weekly webzine for the global Church.

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Celebrity versus substance

Pope Francis' first year has been crowned by the appearance of a new magazine, Il Mio Papa, testimony that the Pope is now mythical, a celebrity, and that the myth can be manipulated, marketed and monetised, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Surprising facts

It is exactly one year since the Pope's election and there are still many things most people do not know about Francis. Here is a list of 10 things people should know about the Pope, reports CNS/The Catholic Weekly.

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Reports sporadic

US lay Catholics who were given the chance to respond to a Vatican questionnaire on family-related issues did so with relish, but research indicates that only just over a third of the nearly 200 dioceses were given the opportunity, reports NCR.

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One word against another

The Church would only believe a man was sexually assaulted by a priest if the priest admitted it, the Royal Commission into child sex abuse was told yesterday, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Rally at NSW Parliament

Ministers of religion and union leaders are asking NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to guarantee that retail trading hours won't be extended to include Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Boxing Day and Anzac Day, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

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overcrowding concern

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission says that potential ‘overcrowding’ of the Australian Curriculum as Phase 2 and 3 subjects are rolled out is the most concerning issue that should be addressed by the review process currently underway.

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Monastery in Maaloula

A group of Syria-based Orthodox nuns released unharmed on Monday after a three-month ordeal told a news conference they were treated well by their Islamist captors, reports The Tablet.

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Murder investigation

Police have conducted truth serum tests on two more Catholic priests from a southern Indian seminary, 11 months after its rector was found murdered, reports Ucanews.

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Breath of fresh air

In answer to the implicit question, how has Pope Francis inspired (and intrigued) me during this first year, I would answer: he has shown the human face of holiness, writes Francis Phillips in The Catholic Herald.

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Sydney Alliance

12-Mar-2014
Mixture of backgrounds

The Sydney Alliance brings together diverse community organisations, unions and religious organisations to advance the common good and achieve a fair, just and sustainable city.

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1809healing

Pope Francis carries a crucifix he took from a dead priest in Buenos Aires, he told priests serving in Rome’s parishes last week, reports CNS/Catholic Herald.

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Called to reject wealth

The Vatican office responsible for 900,000 priests, brothers and sisters around the world has called on them to re-evaluate their holdings of wealth and issue critiques of the global economy, calling it unjust to the neediest, reports NCR.

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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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