Warning over persecution

One day after canonising the first two Palestinian saints, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land, urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution, reports Ucanews.

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Bakery guilty of discrimination

A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland has been found guilty of discrimination against a customer after it refused to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Show of support

Hundreds of Catholics gathered in San Francisco over the weekend to show their support for Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, whose conservative policies have angered many in the city, reports NCR Online.

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Plays young pope

British actor Jude Law will play a fictional Pope in an upcoming TV mini-series, reports AP in Crux.

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Lessons from Canada

Margaret Somerville, Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University in Montreal, will speak on the Canadian experience of opposing euthanasia at next month's St Thomas More Forum.

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Lakewood Church, California

Catholic reform groups meeting in Ireland have called on Pope Francis to halt the Church's policy of clustering parishes into megaparishes, NCR Online reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Young Archbishop Bergoglio

The man who accused Jorge Mario Bergoglio of complicity with Argentina’s military rulers during the 1970s was on their payroll from 1978-81, according to a report by two investigative journalists in Argentina, reports Vatican Insider.

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Media reports rejected

The Church has dismissed reports it is planning to continue relying on a legal defence, known as the "Ellis defence," that blocks victims of child sexual abuse from taking action, reports the ABC.

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Formed in 1940

The Australian Catholic Historical Society is a cultural organisation, founded in 1940 by a group of Catholic students of Australian history who were interested in all aspects of Australian Catholic Church history. 

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Challenge to find classical phrase

When Daniel Gallagher recently helped translate the best-selling children’s book Diary of a Wimpy Kid into Latin, the difficulty wasn’t in finding the right words, but in finding turns of phrase that were classical, reports the Religion News Service.

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Yes vote tipped

Irish voters are set to back the introduction of gay marriage by a margin of more than two-to-one this week and become the first country to approve the policy in a national plebiscite, according to a new poll, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Incredulity to acceptance

When our son told my husband and me that he wanted to convert to Catholicism and join the Society of Jesus, we were incredulous, writes Kristin Grady Gilger as she comes to terms with her son’s priesthood.

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Unorthodox views

Internationally known preacher and writer, the Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, known for pushing the boundaries of Catholic orthodoxy and as a strong ally of Pope Francis, has been appointed to a Vatican post, reports Crux.

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Hundreds have signed

Nearly 1,000 United States priests have made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Notre Dame University

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Outreach arm

The Catholic Enquiry Centre is the national faith outreach of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Its purpose is to offer an invitation to those who are not Catholic to learn and understand all aspects of the religion.

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Scepticism within Church

Although it’s not out yet, the upcoming papal encyclical on the environment is already generating significant criticism, most significantly blowback from within the Church, writes John Allen in Crux.

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Too much violence

This Australian-American production is the fourth film in the Mad Max adventure series. Mad Max's world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and the film's action takes place in a world that shows the aftermath of terrible events.

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Rev Gustavo Gutierrez

Until recently, saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight. Today it’s a different story, as anyone who attended an event in his honour this month will testify, reports the Religion News Service.

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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

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

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