$34m paid in total

Child abuse claims in Victoria since 1996 have cost the Catholic Church more than $34 million, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told, the ABC reports.

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Notre Dame University

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First names only

Apparently they are not expendable at all. With the original and now two sequels, they are obviously inexpendable. There is no obvious reason for the expendables not to go on and on – except for most of the cast's advancing age!

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Sweet musical

Following up on his acclaimed debut Once, writer and director John Carney has made a sweet film with heart and soul, ably abetted by a very good cast.

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Melbourne Response hearings

The Church has expelled a Melbourne priest following allegations of sexual impropriety as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse begins hearings today in the Victorian capital, reports The Age.

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Mass in Daejeon stadium

In remarks intended for China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not 'come as conquerors' but to be integral parts of local cultures, reports Reuters on Yahoo7.

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Iraqi child refugees

We will state what should be obvious: Humanitarian aid is not sufficient to protect these minorities. If ever there was a just war, this is it, writes The Catholic Herald in an editorial.

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ACRATH

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Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) has a website with a wide range of articles, links, videos on aspects of its activities against human trafficking.

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Students at Bethlehem College

Sydney Catholic school students are taking a stand against keeping children in detention, reports the SMH, and the schools have also pledged to provide free tuition to all refugees in Sydney Archdiocesan schools.

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Sr Elizabeth Johnson

The Vatican and women religious are caught up in a tension with historical, sociological and ecclesiastical roots, but a solution could be found, Sr Elizabeth Johnson said, reports NCR Online.

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Social media a positive

A papal adviser says Catholics should be using social media to make the atmosphere online a positive place where people can deepen their relationships with one another, reports The LA Times.

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Huge crowds

Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass on Saturday that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was blazing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the beatification, asked the Pope to pronounce the martyrs blessed. After hearing a brief collective biography of 124 of the original founders of the Korean Catholic Church, Pope Francis pronounced the formula of beatification, reports the Catholic News Service.

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New interpretations

On this program, Texts and Traditions takes a brace of texts that have found new, 21st-century interpreters.

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LCWR panel discussion

The largest leadership organisation for US women religious began its annual assembly on Wednesday by focusing on one of the criticisms levelled against it: the contemplative, collaborative process for making decisions, writes NCR Online.

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Cardinal Dolan

Australian Catholic University (ACU) conferred its highest honour, Doctor of the University, on the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, last night during his visit to Sydney.

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Mercy Works

15-Aug-2014
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Mercy Works supports long term development projects, working with some of the most challenged people in Australia and the South-East Asia Pacific region.

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Cafeteria on the border

I have been here in the USA for the last month. I am presently spending the week down on the Mexican border at the Kino Border Initiative, which is a Jesuit-sponsored cross border project at Nogales, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ.

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Collision looms

Pope Francis will encounter a vibrant but divided Korean church. 'There are actually two churches here,' said Columban Father Pat Cunningham, 'the Church of the bishops and the Church of the progressive minority', reports NCR Online.

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Pope greets Korean children

Pope Francis has warned South Korea's Catholic bishops not to let their country's 'prosperous, yet increasingly secularised and materialistic society' distract the Church from its essential duty to evangelise, reports the Catholic News Service.

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August 25 date

Teachers at 37 Catholic schools across the ACT and south-east NSW have voted to strike on August 25 and 26 over wages and conditions, reports The Canberra Times.

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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

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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