Francis meets auditors

The Synod report on gays may have appeared as an earthquake but might be better described as an icebreaker. Pope Francis has begun to chip away at a huge pastoral/theological glacier, writes Robert Mickens in NCR Online

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People over doctrine

If laws do not lead people to Christ then they are obsolete, Pope Francis said in his morning homily, reports the Catholic News Service.

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LCWR panel discussion

A longtime trend of declining numbers of women in religious orders is unpacked a bit in a new study by Georgetown University's Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate, reports the Catholic News Service.

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The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) website is designed to assist you in your faith journey. The Centre is a national agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. 

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Deadly doll's tale

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Deadly doll

Annabelle is the name of a deadly doll. Not that that was her real name. Rather, when a sinister young woman kills her parents and is wounded, her blood drips down onto the nameless dial doll who then becomes the deadly Annabelle.

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Stunning attitude change

Here is the full text of the mid-term report on gays and people 'living in sin' that caused such strong reactions when tabled at the Synod.

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Mass mobilisation

With all the fervour of a typical “flash mob,” faithful Catholics in Michigan are joining "Mass Mobs" to fill the pews at often-empty church buildings and breathe new life into the community, reports The Huffington Post.

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Fr Paulus in hat with protesters

Hundreds of priests and nuns staged simultaneous rallies yesterday in Jakarta and several towns in Flores province demanding that the government annul controversial mining permits within 30 days, reports Ucanews.

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Bishops support vote

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Church of England have released a joint statement calling on MPs to vote in favour of recognising Palestine as an independent state, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Francis and Cardinal Erdo

A shift in the Church’s pastoral care for homosexuals was put forward at the Family Synod yesterday in a document saying gays' orientation should be valued and that they have “gifts and qualities” to offer parishes, reports The Tablet.

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Akuc with other directors

South Sudanese refugee Akuc Deng has founded a not-for-profit organisation in Adelaide to build a boarding school, orphanage and medical centre for children left impoverished by years of war in her homeland, reports The Southern Cross.

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No quick action

Sweeping changes to the national curriculum are unlikely to be ready for the 2015 school year, despite widespread agreement the syllabus needs de-cluttering, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Police exacerbated problem

NSW Police officers allegedly might have "condoned" and even "encouraged" the cover-up of child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, the NSW Police Integrity Commission has heard, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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St Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop wore a simple brown habit with only the face uncovered. I wonder what she would have said of the recent spate of violence against similarly covered, peace-loving women of faith, writes Jessica Rudd in The Brisbane Times.

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The Society of the Sacred Heart Australia New Zealand Province is part of an international congregation of Catholic religious women, known as the Religious of the Sacred Heart or RSCJ.

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Father son relationship

This is a Canadian-Indian film about a father who goes in search of his lost son. It bears some similarity to elements of the 1922 novel,  Siddhartha by the German-born Swiss poet, Hermann Hesse.

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Rev Sanderson

The Rev. John Sanderson , who has over ten years' experience as a military chaplain, will give a public lecture on Pastoral Ministry in a Military Context tomorrow night. 

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Watchdog investigation opens

The handling of abuse allegations by NSW Police and the Church is set to be probed at a police corruption watchdog hearing starting today, reports AAP on Yahoo7.

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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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