Pope mourns deaths

Pope Francis has mourned the deaths of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, who were murdered in two separate attacks in their residence in Burundi, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Francis goes social

The wisdom of "It takes a village to raise a child" has been lost as kids are either overprotected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Reaching out

A religious sister from Texas, who is serving the people of Papua New Guinea, will soon complete a website to raise awareness about the Church's apostolates to children there, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Letters returned to family

Letters between former US first lady Jackie Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest have been handed over to the Kennedy family, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Heading downunder

The synopsis for this film described the four central characters as “socially troubled.” Publicity for films doesn’t usually go for understatement, but this is spot on.

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Pursuing thaw

Facing mixed signals coming from the government on the Chinese mainland regarding dealings with the Vatican, Pope Francis hopes to warm their relationship and someday establish a diplomatic representative in Beijing, reports the CNA.

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Teachers on strike

Catholic teacher union bosses say the system is flush after budget boosts, urging them to break an industrial action stalemate, reports news.com.au.

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Breach of trust argued

A Victorian woman has sued a Catholic priest and the order to which he belongs, for breaching duty of care after the two carried on the long-running relationship, despite the priest's vow of chastity, reports Nine News.

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Manus Island detention centre

Two significant news items about asylum seekers came in the past week. A man died from an infection acquired on Manus Island, and the Red Cross laid off 500 workers after losing a contract to provide community support, writes Andrew Hamilton SJ.

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Notre Dame University

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Resignation accepted

Pope Francis has accepted Cardinal Sean Brady’s resignation as leader of the Church in Ireland, reports The Irish Independent.

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St Bakhita markets

The St Bakhita Centre is a place of welcome and hospitality for the Sudanese community in Sydney. Various activities take place at the Centre, including English lessons, pre-schooler play, a choir, markets and faith development.

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Laurence Olivier as Richard III

Francis on Mother Teresa, Iraq crisis, new Primate for Ireland, Cardinal Turkson on ethical trade, Pope's condolences for slain journalist, papal visit to Philippines, Chinese police break-up prayers for MH370, Dalai Lama last of the line? 

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ALP Senator Penny Wong

Church reaches out as Riverina mourns murdered family, 25 years of Notre Dame University, battling depression, suicide prevention day,  40 years for Archbishop Julian, on the road with Archbishop Prowse, Sr Joan Healy honoured.

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Too much charisma

Pope Francis's charisma and concern for people at society’s margins can be awesome to behold. As a result, it’s almost impossible sometimes not to go soft on him. There are at least four hard questions not being asked, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Putin and Ukraine Patriarch

Vladimir Putin is possessed by Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, the head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church has claimed in a statement titled "New Cain," reports The Telegraph.

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Archbishop Parolin signal

Just one month ahead of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the Vatican Secretary of State has given an indication that its main focus may not be on reforms but on the legal and cultural threats to the family itself, reports The Tablet.

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Snr Madigan leaving Parliament

Senate crossbencher John Madigan has announced that he is resigning from the Democratic Labour Party because of a "cancer of political intrigue" within its ranks, reports the ABC.

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Into a new world

This is a title that a customer might have to memorise exactly while going to the box office. The novel that spawned the film has a strong reputation in Scandinavia. And local audiences there have enjoyed the adaptation.

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ARPA Logo

The Maitland Newcastle Diocesan magazine Aurora has taken home the 2014 Gutenberg Award, the premier annual award of the Australasian Religious Press Association at ARPA's annual awards dinner in Canberra on Saturday.

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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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