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Aldo Moro

The Vatican’s ambassador to the UK has denied visiting the final holding place of the murdered former Italian prime minister, Aldo Moro, to hear his last confession in May 1978, reports The Tablet.

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Synod last year

Priests in England and Wales are being urged to sign a letter calling on the next Synod on the Family to proclaim the Church’s “unchanging” moral teaching and resist any move allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried, reports The Tablet.

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Sr Hatune

The plight of Syrian refugees, and Christians in the Middle East, has come into focus with the murderous activities of ISIS in the region. There are some remarkably brave people working in this part of the world.

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Francis in 10 questions

Garry Wills is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American Catholic author who latest book The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, was published this week. Here he explains why he wrote the book and what he discovered through writing it.

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Learn to network

The Australian Catholic Communications Congress will be held at Rydges Hotel in North Sydney from May 4 - 6.

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Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier, a Catholic theologian who founded L'Arche, an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Outdoor Mass arranged

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, said Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator or chief promoter of the Archbishop's sainthood cause, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Shen Jiawei

Four decades after painting Chinese soldiers during the Cultural Revolution, artist Shen Jiawei has become the unofficial portrait artist of the Vatican and recently completed one of Cardinal George Pell.

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Dire circumstances

"What choice?" is the question the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott after his comment that Aboriginal peoples are living in remote communities as a "lifestyle choice."

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Tetanus vaccinations

United Nations health officials have again rejected accusations by Kenya's bishops that Kenya's Ministry of Health used tetanus vaccines tainted with a sterility-inducing hormone in a large-scale immunisation program in 2014, reports NCR Online.

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Antidote to indifference

The Church in Sydney will offer the antidote to the “globalisation of indifference” when it throws open the doors of St Mary’s Cathedral on March 13-14 for 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Cases were historical

The Wollongong Catholic Education Office has apologised to victims of abuse after a priest was charged over an alleged historical event, reports the ABC.

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Down to business

In September, 2014, the so-called C9 group of advisors held its sixth meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, commencing their first draft of document overhauling Church governance, reported The Catholic Herald.

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The task ahead

In April, 2014, Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli outlined the key challenges ahead for the Pope from the New World.

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Cardinal Pell and the Pope

In early 2014, Francis launched a major restructuring of the Vatican City State's financial bureaucracy. Australia's Cardinal George Pell was drafted as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.

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Pope Benedict addressing the Curia

Calls for reform of the Roman Curia were already near fever pitch when Pope Benedict announced that he no longer had the strength to continue his duties. As the Francis Papacy began, America magazine outlined a case for change to Church governance.

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Ms Collins & Cardinal OMalley

In March, 2014, the Pontiff appointed a victim of sexual abuse and a senior cardinal known for his zero-tolerance approach to a new group charged with advising the Church on child sex abuse, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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In with the new

When Pope Francis made his first selection of cardinals, the choice of men from Africa, Asia and Latin America was interpreted by The Guardian's Andrew Brown as an effort to broaden the perspective of the college of cardinals.

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Archbishop Gallagher

CNA's Vatican observer Andrea Gagliarducci wrote in October, 2014 that the latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy showed change was afoot as Francis put his stamp on the Roman Curia.

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Christmas 2013

In December, 2013, the Pope exchanged Christmas greetings with the Roman Curia. In his first Christmas as Bishop of Rome, he expressed his gratitude to the workers of the Curia and outlined his vision for service.

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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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