June 16 release

Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment will be titled Laudato Sii (Praised Be) and released on June 16, says the head of the Vatican publishing house, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Will give evidence

Cardinal George Pell's offer to appear during the second round of Royal Commission hearings in Ballarat later this year has been accepted, as the Vatican and leading Church figures in Australia ask for him to be given a "fair go."

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Palms Australia

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Palms Australia started in Sydney in 1956 with groups forming in around 100 communities to identify local issues, reflect on values and take appropriate action to address social inequality and assist people in need.

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Claims massacres ignored

Bishops from eastern Congo have criticised the failure of their government and the UN to act against “genocide, jihadist fundamentalism and Balkanisation” in the country, reports the Catholic News Service in The Catholic Herald.

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Archishop Prowse

The world won't end if or when Australia adopts same-sex marriage but it will change, and people need to be careful what they wish for, said the Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, Christopher Prowse, reports The Canberra Times.

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New demographic trends

A new report issued yesterday mapping the Church of more than 1.2 billion souls holds some surprises, reports the Religion News Service.

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Too hasty?

New calls from the American Church hierarchy for the canonisation of Dorothy Day are eloquent but unconvincing, writes Colman McCarthy in NCR Online.

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Designed to provoke

A series of provocative ads about abortion in Chile have ignited debate about a subject that is completely prohibited in the country, reports AP in Crux.

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Plea from Tom Mortier

The son of a clinically depressed woman euthanised under Belgium’s liberal laws has warned Australian politicians against legalising euthanasia, reports The Southern Cross.

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No charges filed

An Italian investigation into a Vatican archbishop’s financial affairs will not affect this year’s World Meeting of Families, the Archbishop of Philadelphia has said, reports the Catholic News Service in The Catholic Herald.

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Doubts over energy

Many Catholics eager to see Francis reform the Curia have grown impatient with how long the project is taking. Some have even begun to wonder whether he has the time, energy, and support, writes Robert Mickens in NCR Online.

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Broad range

 The editor of influential Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, also runs several of his own websites, including The Cyber Theology Daily, which appears in English.

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No restrictions

The Ballarat Diocese might not be able meet the claims it faces for widespread child sexual abuse by clergy, Bishop Paul Bird told the the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Friday, reports AAP on Yahoo7.

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Housing central to wellbeing

Catholic Social Services Australia wants to review this year’s Federal Budget to see where the Coalition Government is planning to allocate resources to housing services.

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"Bipartisan

Parliament has stepped closer to a bipartisan approach to a vote on same-sex marriage after a key Coalition backbencher agreed to work with the Opposition on a bill that could see marriage equality fast-tracked, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Scottish priest crisis

The vocations crisis in Scotland has intensified with the expectation that there will be only one man ordained to the priesthood this year, reports The Tablet.

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Young girls lead rejection

Today's young people who spurn organised religion tend to reject belief systems before they leave home. One surprising aspect of this trend is that teenage girls appear to be disproportionately driving the attitude shift, reports The Washington Post. 

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Lowbrow escapism

Monumentally moronic and overflowing with computer graphics, this is not a film for fans of cultured cinema – though you presumably could guess as much by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson’s presence.

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Cardinal under fire

A statement by a spokesperson for Cardinal George Pell says one of the Pope's  advisers on child sexual abuse is "not well informed" about claims made against him in the Ballarat Royal Commission hearings after he described the Cardinal's position as "untenable."

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