Bishops en masse

Last week Pope Francis coined the term “peacock bishop,” who will do anything to become a bishop but “when he gets it, does not serve” but instead parades like a peacock. Theologian Fr Severino Dianich says the bishop question has become a key testing ground.

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The website

The National Office for the Participation of Women is an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, aimed at promoting the participation of women in the Church in Australia.

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Archbishop at installation

The new Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, has stepped into one of the most powerful jobs in Australian Catholicism. The big question is whether he can step out of the shadow of his predecessor, writes Andrew West in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Students in the audience

Pope Francis has condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Baby being vaccinated

A row between the Church and the government over a tetanus vaccine aimed at women in their childbearing years has prompted clergy to urge people to shun the injection, saying it’s a stealth population-control ploy, reports the RNS.

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Protest at Iraqi persecution

Iraqi religious minorities, including Christians, are questioning why their government failed to protect them from the brutality of Islamic State forces, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Document request reponse queried

A UN committee has asked the Australian government to explain its response when Cardinal Pell backed a Vatican refusal to hand over documents to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Income inequality overlooked

You might think with Pope Francis making economic justice a centrepiece of his Papacy that American bishops would awaken from their slumber when it comes to addressing extreme income inequality, writes John Gehring in NCR Online.

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Notre Dame University

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The website

A special page on the Vatican website has been launched which brings together many Vatican communications (radio, television, print, social media) regarding the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Satisfying adolescent journey

This film is based on a 2004 novel, Where the Rainbow Ends. But it could have been called Long Years Journey into the Evident. This is the story of Rosie and Alex, childhood and teenage best friends, and the ups and downs of their lives.

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Pope urges PM

The Pope has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, urging him to ensure the G20 delivers real improvements to the lives of the poor, reports the ABC.

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Archbisop Fisher installed

The new Archbishop was met by an honour guard last night as he entered St Mary's Cathedral, took prayer before the Blessed Sacrament then took his seat in a three-part ceremony confirming his appointment, reports The SMH

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Benedictine Sr Jane Keogh

When 70-year-old Sister Jane Keogh CSB was arrested and led to a paddy wagon by eight Federal police officers in Canberra yesterday, she was disappointed the matter hadn’t gone further, reports news.com.au.

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earlier Pakistan protest

A Pakistani court has remanded in custody four people accused of burning to death a Christian couple for alleged blasphemy — killings which have sparked nationwide anger, reports AFP on Ucanews.

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Seven members of tribunal

Pope Francis has set up a new judicial body to overcome a backlog of dealing with cases of sexual abuse committed by clergy, reports The Tablet.

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Cardinal Dolan

America's bishops came together on Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the Church, reports AP in The Huffington Post.

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G20 urged to act

Australian faith leaders from across the religious spectrum have issued a joint call for G20 leaders to urgently act on climate change, end fossil fuel subsidies and rapidly transition to a low carbon economy.

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Removed but not silenced

In demoting American Cardinal Raymond Burke from his powerful perch at the Vatican, Pope Francis has sidelined an outspoken conservative agitator — for now, writes Josephine McKenna in the Religion News Service.

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Archbishop Gallagher

The Papal Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, recently promoted to a senior position in the Vatican, was criticised by a UN committee for claiming diplomatic immunity in refusing to hand over documents on abusive priests.

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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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