Charlie Hebdo protest

The Church in France has declined to sign a declaration by the group Reporters without Borders (RSF) challenging faith groups to pledge unreserved support for free speech or face public pressure to do so, reports The Tablet.

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Cardinal Pell

Must financial transparency involve the unification of all relevant powers under the dicastery headed by Cardinal Pell? This is a question many in the Vatican are asking after comments made by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, reports Vatican Insider.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Adolfo

Pope Francis has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, His Excellency the Most Rev. Adolfo Tito Yllana, titular Archbishop of Montecorvino and until now Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Indigenous flavour

Xt3.com has a promotioal video for the Lent calendar, in preparation for the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ.

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Shrove Tuesday special

In this first episode of Cooking with The Catholic Leader, Joe Foley from Caritas joins Emilie Ng from The Catholic Leader to show you how to cook up super simple pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.

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Apparent paradox explained

Anyone trying to keep track of his sound-bites can be forgiven once in a while for wishing that the real Pope Francis would just stand up. But for those who’ve been paying attention, his apparent contradictions are nothing new, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Behaviour versus orientation

A Brisbane woman has lost a bid for compensation after she was sacked by a Catholic social services organisation for having too many sexual partners, reports the Australian Financial Review.

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Statute of limitations

A Spanish court has dropped charges against nine out of ten Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing an altar boy, court papers showed yesterday, in a case in which Pope Francis intervened, reports AFP in The West Australian.

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CVMA

Given the Church is in the Year for Consecrated Life, this is an appropriate time to look at a website which might assist those who feel they have a vocation to serve in this way.

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Bp Paul Marx

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea has spoken out against the resumption of the death penalty, with government plans to execute 13 death row inmates by the end of the year.

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Cardinal Zen in protest

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun led protests outside the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong on Saturday demanding official confirmation of the death of detained Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang, reports Ucanews.

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Profound sadness

Pope Francis has denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian,” reports the Religion News Service.

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Architectural impression

Last week, construction work began in Washington DC on a museum intended to promote engagement, education, and discussion of the Bible, reports the Catholic News Service on NCR.

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Noticeable improvements

It used to be said that Catholics could not sing, and that Catholic priests could not preach. I will not comment on the first, but on the second, it has to be said that preaching has improved of late, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.

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Ambitious plans

The Calvary Catholic health group will merge three of its health facilities into the Adelaide CBD as part of a $250 million plan to build South Australia's biggest private hospital, reports news.com.au

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Cardinals urged to reach out

In a powerful sermon yesterday that signalled his desire to push ahead with historic reforms, Pope Francis said the Church must be open and welcoming, whatever the costs, reports the Religion News Service.

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On Wednesday

The Institute for Mission in the Diocese of Parramatta in Sydney's west is holding a Lenten mini-retreat on Wednesday.

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Francis with Mafi

Of all the 20 new Cardinals inducted on the weekend, pride of place for most improbable setting for a new Prince of the Church has to go to the Pacific nation of Tonga, reports Crux.

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Report deeply disturbing

Catholic social justice groups have condemned the Australian government over the report released by the Australian Human Rights Commission into the mandatory detention of refugee children.

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

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