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Attendees at prayer vigil

I hope the family synod will encourage priests (and bishops) help couples understand the married vocation and the sacrifices it will call them to make in raising their children in the faith, writes Francis Philiips in The Catholic Herald.

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The Columbans' Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation website carries abundant resources offering food for thought on climate and other social justice issues.

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Jack with parents

A Special Education Inclusion Program at St Ignatius College, Riverview in Sydney's north, helped a young student suffering from autism finish school, complete his exams, and function as a successful member of society, reports the ABC.

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Adelaide

This is the website of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, where you will find all the information you need on the place where Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop, began her good works.

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Francis leads by example

Francis has previously lamented that many had misunderstood why he called a synod on the family. They saw it as the “synod on Communion for the remarried” but now the Pope's overarching vision has emerged, writes The Catholic Herald in an editorial.

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Synod in action

Bishops meeting at the Vatican to discuss issues of family life have shared "best practices" for helping families around the world and are continuing to focus on the notion of mercy in church life, reports NCR Online.

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Cardinal Marx

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has delivered a document to the Synod in Rome indicating that German bishops favour a proposal made by Cardinal Walter Kasper to ease the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion, reports The Tablet.

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Ebola treatment

Caritas Australia, along with three other Australian agencies (World Vision, Save the Children and Plan) has been allocated a total of $2.5 million to provide assistance in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Baghdad bomb attack aftermath

In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming Consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle-East, reports the Catholic News Agency on Ucanews.

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Debate over age

Spanish archaeologists have found a depiction of Jesus that dates back to the 4th century, making it one of the earliest images of him ever unearthed, reports The Huffington Post.

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Bravura performances

This is an American drama about a city lawyer who learns that his mother as died, and returns home to Carlonville, Indiana, to grieve her passing.

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Noir thriller

This American drama is a film version of the best-selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, who wrote the screenplay for the movie. It deviates from the book, but its thriller components are mostly faithful to it.

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Sr Teresia

Two Marist missionary sisters have been capturing Australian hearts, while telling stories of guns, drugs and violent crimes in Jamaica during a six-week tour of the country, reports Catholic Mission Australia.

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Funds needed

The group that bought St Brigid’s Church in Crossley in regional Victoria says it has a stable bank balance but major works are still a long way off at the site, reports The Standard.

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Alice and Jeff Heinzen

Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organisations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, an American couple told the Synod of Bishops, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Archbishop Kaigama and Joan Clements

Prelates at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family yesterday said the Church should stop using “harsh language” when discussing sexual matters, reports The Tablet.

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Fr Hanna Jallouf

A Franciscan priest and 20 other Christians have been seized by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in a village in northwestern Syria, the Franciscan mission to the Holy Land said yesterday, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Signs of progress

The Pope's recent appointment of a special commission on clerical sex abuse, to advise him directly and staffed by professionals and competent advisers, shows that real change from the Vatican might be underway, writes NCR in an editorial.

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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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