Moral dillemma

Deciding whether to make a deal with the devil is always a dilemma born of desperation, and it seems to be the grim choice facing the Central American nation of El Salvador and its Catholic leadership today, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Chinese cultural hit

Let’s Get Married is based on one of China’s most popular television programs, which ought to give you some idea as to its intended audience.

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Composer Fr Willcock

Mass For the Fallen, which was officially launched at the Australian War Memorial last Friday, was commissioned by Allan and Maria Myers for use in celebrations of the Eucharist on Anzac Day, particularly the 100th Anniversary in 2015.

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Archbishop Costelloe

The Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe, believes that while it is not his role to interfere in politics or society, he can offer a valuable perspective on issues that affect us all, reports The West Australian.

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Francis in Manila in January

Pope Francis is expected to start a three-country tour of South America in Ecuador on July 6, the Associated Press has reported, says The Catholic Herald

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Father Byles

The English Catholic priest who prayed with passengers of the Titanic as it went down could be canonised, reports online news site Metro.

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Appointments announced

The Vatican has published the list of the Pope's assignments for the Cardinals he created in February, reports the Catholic News Service in The Catholic Herald.

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Cardinal Nichols visits Christians

The Cathedral in Mosul is being desecrated and turned into a mosque by Islamic State terrorists, UK Cardinal Vincent Nichols said during a two-day visit to northern Iraq, reports The Tablet.

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Urged to follow Francis

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been urged to follow the lead of the Pope in ­recognising the Ottoman Turks’ alleged slaughter of Armenians and other Christians in 1915 as the first genocide of the 20th century, reports The Australian.

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X & Y makes?

14-Apr-2015
Modest and moving

x & y might remind audiences of chromosome symbols. Others might recognise algebra, mathematics and equations and formulas. And this is correct. This is the focus in this film – but much more.

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Concerns heard at meeting

Members of the Vatican commission on clergy sexual abuse met in Rome on Sunday with Cardinal Sean O'Malley to air their concerns about the appointment of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse, reports NCR Online.

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Loyola Press

14-Apr-2015
Faith writ large

US-based Loyola Press is a Jesuit book publisher with a wide catalogue of publications, in print and digital form.

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App blessed in Adelaide

In what could be the first religious blessing of an app, a new online walking trail following the footsteps of Australia’s first saint was launched yesterday in Mary MacKillop plaza in Adelaide.

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The wisdom of Francis

A book of Francis' writings and sermons has just been published in the US. The Huffington Post selects its eight favourite quotes from the collection.

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Talk eclipsed by action

In his pre-Christmas talk to the Cardinals and Bishops of the Curia, Francis was scathing about the failings of those working in the Vatican. Despite his rhetoric, Curial Cardinals are still treated like princes, says Thomas Reese.

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Deported Armenian children

While honouring the memory of Armenian martyrs at Mass yesterday, Pope Francis said they had been killed “in the first genocide of the 20th century,” prompting Turkey to recall its Vatican ambassador in protest, reports Crux.

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Handing over bull of indiction

Pope Francis has unveiled his vision for the Holy Year of Mercy, saying that the Church must be “an oasis of mercy,” reports The Tablet.

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Cardinal Pell discovery

More than a billion euros in previously “hidden” Church funds will be revealed in new Vatican budget audit. But the funds have not been misused and are not part of corruption and scandal that have previously shamed the Vatican, reports The Australian.

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Romantic entertainment

This American romantic drama tells the story of a young couple, set to take different paths and finding inspiration through their encounter with an elderly man, who reminisces nostalgically on his life and past love.

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Small but significant

The Catholic Diocese of the Australian Defence Force has been charged with the pastoral care of the uniformed members of Australia’s Navy, Army and Air Force, their families, and of the civilians employed by the Department of Defence.

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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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