Conservative views

Is it possible that US Cardinal Raymond Burke criticised the influence of women in the Church just to watch how people would respond, asks Caitlin Hendel in NCR Online.

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Message in rain

More than six million people in Manila have attended what is thought to be the largest Papal Mass in history, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Midair news conference

Pope Francis has condemned killing in the name of God, but said freedom of expression should be limited by respect for religion and that mockery of faith can be expected to provoke violence, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Archbishop Nienstedt

The US Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it is the best way for the Church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse, reports The Guardian and SkyNews.

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Notre Dame University

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Climate change action

Australian Catholics are preparing to step up campaigns as part of a global movement to address climate change ahead of an expected call to action by Pope Francis, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Social media campaign

While the horrible tragedy was underway in Martin Place this week a remarkable thing happened. We saw, and continue to see, a powerful sense of compassion for the people who were being held hostage, writes Eureka Street.

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Catholic leaders have urged Indonesia's President to commute the death sentences of five people set to be executed before the end of the year, amid a marked increase in capital punishment sentences, ucanews.com reports.

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Matter of conscience

Two Catholic midwives who refused to take part in any abortion procedures have lost their legal battle to be treated as "conscientious objectors," The Telegraph of London reports.

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Musical pioneers

A postgraduate student at the British Library has discovered what has proved to be the earliest example of polyphonic choral music, The Guardian reports.

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Sr Berneice

Pope Francis has designated 2015 as the Year of Consecrated life. Here, Sr Berneice Loch, the president of Catholic Religious Australia, reflects on the meaning of this embrace of the faith, holiness, and hope of our religious.

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Holiday reading

Looking for a book for the holidays? Two on-line publications have named their choices; The Good Oil invited some prominent readers to nominate a book, and George Weigel at The Catholic Difference also weighed in.

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Queen Fabiola

The Spanish-born former Queen Consort Fabiola of Belgium, widow of Baudouin, King of the Belgians, has died at the age of 86. A devout Catholic, her influence reputedly contributed to a constitutional crisis over abortion laws.

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Christmas greetings from Adelaide

Christmas card from Adelaide Archdiocese, China dialogue, papal peace breaks out in Philippines, Australian nun arrested, Americans believe in Christmas, papal call for new development model, Mid-East, Baltic fears Russia.

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Annunciation

Luke 1: 26-38 In this passage from Luke's Gospel, we are told of the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will conceive and give birth to a son.

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Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan is 67 years old and was born with cerebral palsy. He's a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disability and Brisbane co-ordinator of Luke 14, an initiative to create disability-inclusive Christian communities.

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Back on January 19

CathNews Perspectives will take a break over Christmas, and return mid-January.

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A Christmas advertorial

A giggling baby Jesus has taken on Britain's retail giants in a video which subtly pits God against mammon in an advertising battle for the soul of Christmas, reports The Telegraph of London. 

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Path ahead

The Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation of Women Religious in the United States was positive, realistic, and hopeful, giving Sisters and the whole Church reason to hope, writes Mary Johnson in America magazine.

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Francis with Adolfo Nicolas SJ

Despite its title, this book isn't about how the Church has changed so much as about how the Church might change with a Jesuit at the helm, writes Diane Scharper in the National Catholic Reporter.

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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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