Conservative lynchpin Cardinal Burke

The perceived resistance from conservative American bishops to Pope Francis's progressive agenda needs to be taken with a grain of salt, writes John Allen in Crux.

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1972 essay revision

Emeritus Pope Benedict has rewritten the conclusion of one of his articles from 1972 that Cardinal Kasper had cited in support of his own position on granting Communion for the divorced and remarried, writes Sandro Magister.

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Discussions to start

The Church has initiated a broad consultation process to establish an independent accreditation and auditing body to protect children and vulnerable people, says Francis Sullivan, the head of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

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Children bartered

The Government's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Bill was secured by bartering children, is 'unethical', and represents 'an all-time low in Australian politics', says ACMRO.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Martin

The Archbishop of Dublin has offered to shelter some 40 homeless people in Church buildings over the Christmas period, after a man died in a doorway metres away from the city’s Parliament buildings, reports The Tablet.

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Lawrence and Cooper

On paper, this film has a lot going for it. It teams Oscar-winner, Jennifer Lawrence, for the third time with Bradley Cooper (The Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), and there is an interesting supporting cast of British actors.

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Community

The Congregation of the Resurrection is a religious community of priests, permanent deacons and brothers serving in parishes and institutes around the world.

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Indifferent to suffering

Caritas Australia says yesterday's announcement by the federal government to further cut Australian aid represents a significant turning away from six decades of Australia playing a constructive leadership role in our region and on the world stage.

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Funds earmarked for religious training

Taxpayers would subsidise the training of priests and other religious workers at private colleges for the first time under the Abbott government's proposed higher education reforms, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.  

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Bishop Kudrick officiates

Last month, the Vatican lifted the ban on married Eastern Catholic priests in the United States and other areas. Bishop John Kudrick ministers for the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma, covering several US states. Here he is interviewed about the reform.

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Fishermen secure boats

Catholic and other humanitarian agencies are preparing for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit approaches the same region devastated 13 months ago, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Report finally released

The final report of the Church’s investigation into American Sisters is to be published at a Vatican press conference on December 16, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Beautiful art

The St Columbans Mission Society website has a page for the 2015 version of the Columban Art Calendar, which contains a beautiful collection of traditional religious paintings and liturgical information.

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Difficult challenge

Church attendance is down, disaffection with organised religion is high, and the influence of religious leaders is waning, even when they speak out for the poor and asylum seekers. How is religion faring against secularism? 

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Voiceless and invisible

This week, the Church has dedicated itself to making society aware of the dire straits in which their co-religionists suffer in the Middle East. Yet there has been no interest in Australia, writes Greg Sheridan in The Australian.

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Swearing in of the Swiss Guard on May 6

Pope Francis is removing the commander of the Swiss Guards, with the Pontiff reportedly unhappy at the officer's strict authoritarian style, reports the BBC.

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Philippine typhoon aid

Caritas Australia has expressed grave concerns at reports that Australia’s overseas aid program may face more budget cuts in the upcoming Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

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Fr Patrick

Father Patrick Michael O’Regan has been appointed the ninth Bishop of Sale in Victoria. Bishop-elect O’Regan, 56, is currently the Vicar-General and Dean of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Bathurst.

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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

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