Awaiting custody

A priest in the NSW Hunter region, David O’Hearn, is in custody awaiting sentence after being found guilty of more than 40 child sex offences against six teenage victims, reports the Newcastle Herald.

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Visit confirmed

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has confirmed that the Pope will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families.

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Historic meeting

Pope Francis will receive the highest authority in Sunni Islam in an unprecedented meeting at the Vatican today, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Blog claims rejected

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has issued a rare public statement, via the Vatican Press Office, to insist that claims the famed Third Secret of Fatima has not been revealed in full “are pure inventions, absolutely untrue.”

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Bizarre ruling condemned

The Archdiocese of Cartagena has condemned the decision by a judge in Colombia to ban prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of city council sessions, and local educational institutions, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Eight years in prison

Vietnam has granted a priest, one of its most prominent dissidents, early release from prison in a move widely seen as a goodwill gesture before US President Barack Obama's official visit this week.

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The American Way

About four years ago two Dominican friars saw The Way, starring Martin Sheen, and were so inspired by the movie that they decided to create their own walking pilgrimage in the United States.

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Conflict has not gone away

Cleaning out my inbox last week, I chanced on a random email that reminded me how, after the long-running "Liturgy Wars," the English Liturgy is no longer a hot potato, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Bishops attacked

The Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has accused the Church of hypocrisy, saying the bishops who had condemned him during his campaign had been asking favours from the government, reports AFP on Seven News.

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Said apology would be duplicitous

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn his promise to visit the Vatican and make a personal apology to the Pope for swearing about him, reports The Tablet.

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Memories under microscope

Bart Ehrman's book argues that the Gospels are not reliable histories but partially distorted memories passed down through storytellers who forgot or stretched the truth, and invented a Jesus who embodied their communities' wishes.

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Profound legacy

Shortly before she died last month, someone asked Sr Margaret Brennan: "As you look back on your life, what are you most grateful for?" She paused, then responded: "To be an IHM, being an IHM has made all my life possible."

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Yearning requited

Adelaide grandmother Sr Gail Leslie has made her final profession at the St Mary MacKillop Chapel at Kensington in Adelaide in front of about 110 people, including Sisters of St Joseph from all over Australia.

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More to tell you

John 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.

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Time to be cherished

Has solitude become a luxury reserved for those who can afford to pay for it? Shouldn’t solitude be presented as a positive and as a reward for good, rather than as punishment for bad behaviour, asks Patty Fawkner SGS.

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Pope wanted discussion reopened

In a wide-ranging interview on everything from the Vatican to Facebook, Fr James Martin SJ says having women deacons would be a recovery of historical reality and also a path forward.

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Artist died in the war

Jewish Hungarian painter Imre Ámos was inspired by the texts of St John to depict his experiences in World War II, in a body of work shown recently at the Hungarian Academy of Rome.

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Different brand of politician

He cursed the Pope, then apologised. He likes to upset opponents. Rodrigo Duterte's election as president of The Philippines raises questions about the future role of the Church in Philippine public life, writes David Buckley in America.

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Inside the Vatican bank

It seems counterintuitive, but every time you hear about a financial scandal in the Vatican, that is good news, not bad. It is good news because it shows that the regulatory system is working, writes NCR Online in an editorial.

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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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