Francis marries 20 couples

Pope Francis has married 20 couples in St Peter's Basilica, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Pontiff wants the Church to be more open and inclusive, reports Reuters on Yahoo7.

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Archbishop Coleridge

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, although raised in a Catholic family and having served as an altar boy, entered university with plans to become a diplomat, as he tells Scott Stephens in an interveiw on ABC Radio.

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Cardinal Pell warning

Cardinal George Pell has warned the founders of a British school dedicated to the new evangelisation to expect attacks from the Devil, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Mixed backgrounds

Among the men and women Pope Francis is set to unite in marriage this weekend are Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Papal parchment

Papal blessing parchments, which are bought to mark marriages, baptisms, ordinations and first Communions, will soon be available for purchase only from the Vatican after a crackdown on shops selling them, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Ambivalent but supportive

Brisbane Archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone is watching Australia’s deepening military involvement in northern Iraq with concern and frustration, yet he knows the lives of innocent people must be protected, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Challenge to core values

The steep decline in the practice of Confession represents one of the most worrying facts about the contemporary Church, and the single most vivid illustration of its decline, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Naughty Girls poster

A Catholic community group in the US is threatening to boycott a teenage girl's dream donut shop over its edgy name, reports Nine News.

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BBI

The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) provides quality online and distance programs in Spirituality and Theology, a varied range of seminars throughout the academic year, and a rich array of adult faith offerings including eConferences.

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Futuristic dystopia

The Giver is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Lois Lowry, and is set in the year 2048 where a seemingly happy, but colourless community, lives in a world where all memories have been erased.

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Vivid 2014

The Australian Catholic University is among a group of North Sydney businesses campaigning to extend the hugely popular Vivid light festival into the North Sydney CBD, reports The Mosman Daily/The Daily Telegraph.

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Bp Putney honoured

Catholic Health Australia’s Maria Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded, posthumously, to Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville.

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Softer stance

The Federal Opposition says the Church appears to have moved away from its support for Federal Government plans to scrap the national charity regulator, according to Pro Bono Australia News.

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Father Oliver

Pope Francis has appointed two American priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Man has confessed

Police in the African nation of Burundi have arrested a man for killing and raping three elderly Italian missionary sisters murdered in twin attacks in their convent, a police spokesman says, reports SkyNews.

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Claustrophobic drama

Locke is an evocative name for this film because the audience, in a sense, is locked into one place for the whole 90 minutes. For those of a philosophical bent, they might wonder whether the title comes from David Locke.

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Speaking out against donations

This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming Nuns on the Bus tour, which hits the road next week for the third time in three years, reports the Religion News Service on Global Sisters Report.

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Call for genuine debate

Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops, urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity, reports The Tablet.

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No signs of stress

The husband and father of the family killed on an isolated farm house in the NSW Riverina showed no signs of being unhappy, the local parish priest says, reports AAP in The Advertiser.

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