Manus Island

There is a case for urgent, humane and long term solutions for refugee processing, highlighting the appalling conditions of refugees and asylum seekers, especially the suffering of children in detention centres, writes Redemptorist Fr Bruce Duncan.

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Cardinal Pell surprised

Cardinal George Pell says he was surprised by the number of complaints made in the lead up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response to abuse within the Church, reports the ABC.

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Notre Dame University

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Organisers face lawsuit

Organisers of a satanic black mass slated to take place in Oklahoma City next month face a lawsuit on grounds that the consecrated Host used for the sacrilegious event is stolen, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Eviction fears

The Bishop of Motherwell in Scotland has told a sheriff court that a priest “booby-trapped” a church house following attempts to evict him, reports The Tablet.

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The Good Sams

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Good Sams

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict are religious women whose desire is to seek God.

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Theme of compassion

Sydney poet Helen Thurloe has won the 2014 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Literature Prize with her poem Surgeon Mother. 

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Good and evil games

During the past 40 years, video games have evolved from simple black-and-white to complex multi-player games. Compass examines their narratives from basic good versus evil story lines to ones that require sophisticated choices. 

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James Foley

A priest has comforted the family of American journalist James Foley in New Hampshire after the Islamic State group released a gruesome video appearing to show him being beheaded by a masked militant, reports The Catholic Herald

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Franciscans Holy Land

The Franciscans are the historic custodians of the Holy Land, entrusted with the care of sacred places from Mt Nebo to Mt Tabor, the Holy Sepulchre to the Holy Cenacle, and across the land Jesus knew.

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Notre Dame University

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Palo Alto

First time writer/director Gia Goppola comes from a fantastically talented filmic family. Her grandfather is Francis Ford Coppola, her aunt is Sofia Coppola.

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Fr Fiasconaro

As dusk falls over Rome, giving only the slightest relief from the summer heat and humidity, two Conventual Franciscan friars join thousands of Romans and tourists on the banks of the Tiber River, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Global indifference

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa, asks Ronald Lauder in The New York Times.

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Differing interpretations

Pope Francis' cautious comments about American airstrikes and the use of force have fostered a welter of interpretations, from "tacit approval" to a "yellow light" to outright endorsement, reports CNN on Ucanews.

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Fr Russell Lapidez with locals

Six Augustinian Recollect missionaries are staying in their Sierra Leone mission, to offer encouragement and accompaniment to the people there and to help battle Ebola, reports NCR Online.

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Protesters hold candles

Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St Louis is asking Catholics to offer special prayers for peace in the coming days, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Cardinal Pell

A Victorian MP has criticised Cardinal George Pell over evidence provided about a paedophile priest during a parliamentary inquiry. Cardinal Pell has issued a statement saying any suggestion that he tried to ignore or conceal the report is false. 

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Sr Elizabeth Johnson

A religious sister who drew US Catholic bishops' ire over her writings says their investigation of women's orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up, reports the Religion News Service on Ucanews.

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Global reach

Pope Francis is the first non-European Pontiff in nearly 1,300 years, and the first ever from the developing world. In that light, his trip to South Korea showed what a truly globalised papacy looks like in action, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.

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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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