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Author Greg Walsh

A book on different approaches to regulating the ability of religious schools to make employment decisions will be launched at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney on Wednesday, December 9.

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Conference in Rome

Donella Johnston, who heads the Australian Catholic bishops’ office for women’s participation, discusses her work in the field of combatting violence against women in the family home.

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Too ill to appear

The former Bishop of Ballarat, Ronald Mulkearns,​ is expected to be absent from this week’s Royal Commission hearing because of ill-health, despite being compelled to appear as a witness, reports Fairfax Media.

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The Vatican Bank

The Vatican has announced that the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm will carry out its first external audit, as Pope Francis seeks to make the Holy See’s finances more transparent, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Double celebration

The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door tomorrow, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Innovative addition

The Diocese of Brentwood in Essex, near London, has commissioned a piece of graffiti art for the Year of Mercy, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Politics versus compassion

The Archbishop of Indianapolis is expected to decide within the next few days if the local Catholic Charities agency will proceed to resettle a Syrian family in Indiana, over objections from the State Governor, reports Crux.

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Next year in Sydney

The next Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF), to be hosted in Sydney in December 2017, will launch a national Year of Youth.

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Unexpected dilemma

As more Americans than ever before turn to in-vitro fertilisation to create families, a surprising ethical question – what to do with thousands of embryos stuck in a sort of frozen limbo – is dividing conservative Catholics, reports Crux.

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Three narratives at once

The Synod of Bishops in October actually involved three forums: the real Synod, the mainstream media Synod and the blogosphere Synod. The first and third would be daily affairs; the second would be more sporadic, writes George Weigel.

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Fr Gerald O

Fr Gerald O’Collins SJ is a systematic theologian who currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University. Here he answers 30 questions about his work, in America.

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First in a series

The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations has launched a podcast called Faith at Work, and it is now available for downloading. The first features former NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson.

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Time bomb identified

A committee of the Church referred to the “time bombs” of paedophile priests in dioceses across Australia, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard, reports The Australian.

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Recognising disability

Bishop Terry Brady, Delegate for Disability Issues, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, has recorded a video, with an Auslan interpreter, for the International Day of People with Disability.

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Social media threat

Italian police in Brescia, working with their counterparts in Kosovo, announced on Tuesday that they had taken action against four Kosovars who made threats on social media against Pope Francis, and they believed to be terrorist risks.

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Facing a challenge

The bulk of US bishops today were trained to be good border police, making sure the lines of authority in the Church were clear and straight. It is time now for gathering in, a task during which the borders may become a bit blurred, writes NCR in an editorial.

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Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that if the family Synod opens the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, then it has “departed from Catholic teaching in a very fundamental matter.”

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Preparing for broadcast

The opening of the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica on December 8 by Pope Francis, marking the start of the Jubilee of Mercy, will be shown on satellite worldwide television in Ultra HD, reports Vatican Insider.

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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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