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Deacon Ralph Madigan

Aboriginal Deacon Ralph Madigan tells of how his traditional culture and Catholic faith have guided him on his spiritual journey, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Families always personal

I confess that when I first heard the news that Pope Francis said good Catholics are not required “to be like rabbits,” I groaned. What would the secular press do with this remark this time, I wondered, writes Francis Phillips.

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Holiday break

CathNews will not be published on Monday due to the Australia Day holiday.

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Appeal rejected

Malaysia's highest court on Wednesday rejected a final bid by the country's Catholic newspaper for the right to use the word "Allah" to refer to God, in a case that has aggravated religious tensions, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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The website

This is the website of the Presentation Sisters, who are called to encounter God in the heart of the world and to continue the mission of Jesus in the spirit of their founder Nano Nagle.

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Terrific performance

This is an American drama based on the 2007 best selling novel of the same name by Lisa Genova, a neuroscientist. It is the story of a distinguished academic, who was diagnosed with early onset, Alzheimer's disease.

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Challenge to core values

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Chaldeans leaving Iraq

Most Christians plan to leave Iraq, the new leader of the Chaldean Church in Australia, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona, said on the eve of his appointment as the Bishop of the Chaldean Diocese of St Thomas, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Bishop Scicluna

Pope Francis has appointed the Vatican’s former chief prosecutor, Bishop Charles Scicluna, as the head of a new body to handle appeals by priests accused of abuse, reports The Tablet.

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Role model

An upcoming symposium at the Australian Catholic University aims to study the relationship of liturgy and architecture, and takes the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland as a model for church architecture, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Crowds at Vatican

Pope Francis yesterday described large families as a "gift from God," just days after he said Catholics did not need to "be like rabbits," reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Disarming theatricality

Those who go to see the film without any previous knowledge of its origin may be taken aback and will have to adapt to a style of musical theatre, which is a blend of the very theatrical along with attempts at realism.

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Sister Megan waits

Beige is the new black for imprisoned Sister Megan Rice, an 84-year old religious sister and anti-nuclear activist, now living in a New York prison after being convicted over her anti-nuclear activism.

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Norfolk Island challenge

Fourteen-hundred kilometres off the north coast of NSW, the times are a-changing for the tiny Catholic community on Norfolk Island, the Sydney Archdiocese’s most distant parish, reports The Catholic Weekly.

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Parish life

This is the website for Sydney's Parishes of Our Lady of the Way: St Mary's in North Sydney, St Francis Xavier's in Lavender Bay, and Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in Kirribilli. 

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Notre Dame University

Click on Media Releases to read the latest.

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God and science

The Pope appears to be embracing an idea that had great currency in the Enlightenment: the notion of a God who created a universe that follows laws that can be scientifically discerned, writes Chris Mooney. 

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Sanctity of life

A group of American Catholic leaders is urging fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside partisan bickering and support the US bishops' efforts on behalf of immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life issue, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Bishop Dashe Doeme

A bishop in Nigeria says he wants the West to send in troops to defeat Boko Haram. His comments came as at least 45 churches were torched in neighbouring Niger over the weekend in response to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

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Warning against comparisons

Australia's education debate should focus on improving learning opportunities in all schools, says the peak Catholic education body. It says test results are best used by educators to improve learning, not to pit sector against sector.

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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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