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Victims challenged

A former Vicar General of the Diocese of Ballarat has accepted “some responsibility” for allowing paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale to operate as a priest in the Diocese and cause devastation to “so many people.”

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Climate advocacy push

A light show has lit up St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in an initiative backed by the World Bank to underscore the Church's push for environmental protection.

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Bill passed despite objections

Legislation to allow same-sex couples to adopt has passed the Victorian Parliament, after the Government decided to accept amendments made in the Upper House, reports the ABC.

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Research into blindness

Associate Professor Nick Di Girolamo of the University of New South Wales has been awarded the Archdiocese of Sydney’s seventh $100,000 grant to support adult stem cell research.

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Gripping drama

This is an excellent film about a US 60 Minutes report in 2004 that investigated the military service background of President George W Bush.

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Pope may send message

If international climate talks really stall, don’t be surprised if there could be an ever-so-slight intervention by Pope Francis, reports AP in Crux.

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Cardinal Turkson

The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, talks about the Papal Encyclical Laudato Si', the Synod on the Family, Communion for the re-married, and Islamic extremism.

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Teacher and student

The Victorian Supreme Court has ruled that a Catholic school principal was wrong to sack a teacher who started a sexual relationship with a teenage student just days after she finished school, reports The Herald Sun.

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Francis and Benedict at launch

Any efforts at reform or renewal of the Church that do not place God's mercy at the centre of their work are "useless" because they make Catholics "slaves" to the Church's institutions, Pope Francis said yesterday during his general audience..

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In name of conservation

A diocese in Pennsylvania has taken down the Facebook photo of a nun with a deer she shot and killed after the posting drew criticism by anti-hunting and animal rights activists, the diocese said.

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Long time coming

Fulton Sheen is reputed to have said: “Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” His words came back to me as I waited to make my first confession in more than 20 years, writes Laura Keynes.

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Victims challenged

The then Fr George Pell became angry at a boy who told him that his brother had been beaten and abused by a teacher, and a former Victorian police chief commissioner was behind a conspiracy to conceal sex abuse crimes by a priest, an inquiry was told yesterday. 

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The need for mercy

Non-Catholics, and some Catholics, too, might wonder how the ancient idea of a Jubilee Year remains relevant to our troubled times. Alas, the need of the Church and the world for mercy could scarcely be more evident, writes NCR Online,

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Major hurdles loom

Human rights and who pays for poor countries to transition into greener energy stand as major hurdles in the way of a global accord on climate change, say Catholic and other church activists on the sidelines of the Paris summit.

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Mercy trumps judgment

Pope Francis opened his Jubilee of Mercy yesterday, saying that this year will be one in which Catholics are called to grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy, which should always come before judgment, reports Crux.

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Fr Rowland Yeo

Last month, Fr Rowland Yeo became the first deaf priest to be ordained in South-East Asia and one of just two dozen worldwide, reports Ucanews.

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Archbishop Fisher with kids last year

The spectacular light projections on the façade of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney will be launched tomorrow night for the annual Lights of Christmas.

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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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Daily Prayer

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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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