Stood down in 2013

The Church in Scotland has responded to media reports suggesting that the Church is “sitting on” a report on allegations regarding Cardinal Keith O'Brien, former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh who admitted sexual misconduct in 2013.

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Cardinal Muller

Bishops around the world have an obligation to ensure their priests do not commit acts of abuse, according to Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Lack of facilities

Catholic welfare group Centacare said it has been forced to place some women clients in South Australia in motels because of a lack of regional crisis services, reports AAP in The Daily Telegraph.

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Brother John Taylor

The 2014 Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize has been presented to two NSW students who have overcome significant hardship to attain outstanding results in last year’s Higher School Certificate.

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Notre Dame University

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Cult noir status

This American crime drama is based on a 2009 novel by the same name written by Thomas Pynchon about a freelance detective in the 1970s investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

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Against the grain

Chastity is not popular these days but in a society which has ceased to be Christian, that is what makes it so very interesting, writes Dawn Eden in The Catholic Herald.

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Candid interview

Pope Francis has said that he “did not know what to say” when greeting the world from the balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square after his election two years ago, and that he feels his Pontificate will be brief, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Fr Pepper

An Irish priest gave a whole new meaning to "white collar boxing" at the weekend after taking to the ring to battle a parishioner in a charity fight, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Research urged

Australian Church groups should fund a study into domestic violence within their ranks and clerical responses to it, according to a leading independent Christian research and media organisation, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pursuing 140 clams

The first wave of criminal prosecutions resulting from the royal commission into child sexual abuse have begun to hit the courts, with police pursuing more than 140 separate criminal investigations, reports The Australian.

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Proposals criticised

Under new laws passed in the Victorian Parliament, Catholic and independent schools may soon be required to provide the Education Minister with detailed reports on how their funding is used, reports The Age.

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Year of Mercy

Symbolically calling on the entire Roman Catholic church to take up his Papacy's central message of compassion, Pope Francis has announced that he is convoking a jubilee year to be called the Holy Year of Mercy, reports NCR Online.

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Popular spiritual retreat

Tourists began flocking to Beit Jamal in Israel several decades ago. That’s when the monastery ceased to function as a school and instead, the monks began taking in those who wanted to spend a few days on a spiritual retreat, reports The Times of Israel.

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Penchant for surprise

Here are five predictions for Year Three of the Pope Francis experiment. Given this Pope’s penchant for the unforeseen, none might play out as anticipated, but at least they provide a sense of what’s at stake, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Pope on way home

Last Friday saw the second anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as the Bishop of Rome.

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Notre Dame University

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Rewarding experience

This is a feature film about about a stand-up Australian comedian who struggles to overcome personal problems at the peak of his career.

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Who said it?

It has been centuries since there were two living Popes, and nobody would mistake the personal styles of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. Their words, however, can be pretty similar. Can you tell who said what?

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Room for two

Days after Benedict’s resignation, I was asked by a taxi driver if there was a risk of Benedict cramping his successor. I said that what I knew of his character made me sure that this would not happen, writes Fr Mark Drew.

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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

Daily Prayer

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

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