Aversion to commitment

The biggest challenge to the family today is that people have forgotten how to love - the cross-shaped Easter sort of loving rather than the heart-shaped Valentine variety, says Anthony Fisher, the Archbishop-Designate of Sydney.

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Neilson Carlin

Neilson Carlin is pretty sure that he will soon have the opportunity to cross something off of his aesthetic bucket list: Having the Pope see one of his paintings, reports NCR Online.

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Welcome irregular families

Children of gay couples should be baptised and welcomed into the Church, the Synod on the Family has heard, reports The Tablet.

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Cardinal Pell

The man picked by Pope Francis to sort out the Vatican’s finances says details of the Holy See’s financial health remained opaque for many years to the very committee supposed to be overseeing them, reports The Tablet.

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Fr Jallouf released

A Franciscan kidnapped by Islamists in Syria has been released, according to the Custodes of the Holy Land, reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Cardinal Coccopalmiero

The Vatican’s top canon lawyer, chosen by Pope Francis to oversee a reform of the process of annulments, has signalled that he wants to see major change in the way that failed marriages are declared null, reports The Tablet.

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Arturo and Hermelinda

A married couple from Brazil told Pope Francis and the Synod that the Church should stop giving "contradictory advice" on birth control and help Catholics obey its teaching against contraception, reports the Catholic News Service. 

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Bombing aftermath

Nearly 200 churches in north-eastern Nigeria have been destroyed or razed by Boko Haram insurgents since August, a diocesan official said, reports  the Catholic News Service in The Catholic Herald.

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2605francisperes

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to leading bookmakers. The Argentinian-born Pope is currently the favourite to win the award, to be announced later today, reports the Religion News Service.

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Pius XII 2

The role played by Pius XII during World War II has often sparked controversy among historians. Fr Gerald Fogarty SJ spoke to Vatican Radio about his research into this Pontificate.

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Return stalled by overdose

The Papua New Guinea-based Catholic priest ordered to return to Australia over his alleged involvement in child abuse cases has been rushed to hospital after a suspected drug overdose, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Christopher Smith

The life of John Newton, writer of the hymn Amazing Grace, has been turned into a musical, which will open in Chicago next week. The man who wrote the musical describes what brought him to the project, reports NCR Online.  

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Notre Dame University

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Attendees at prayer vigil

I hope the family synod will encourage priests (and bishops) help couples understand the married vocation and the sacrifices it will call them to make in raising their children in the faith, writes Francis Philiips in The Catholic Herald.

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The Columbans' Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation website carries abundant resources offering food for thought on climate and other social justice issues.

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Jack with parents

A Special Education Inclusion Program at St Ignatius College, Riverview in Sydney's north, helped a young student suffering from autism finish school, complete his exams, and function as a successful member of society, reports the ABC.

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Adelaide

This is the website of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, where you will find all the information you need on the place where Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop, began her good works.

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Francis leads by example

Francis has previously lamented that many had misunderstood why he called a synod on the family. They saw it as the “synod on Communion for the remarried” but now the Pope's overarching vision has emerged, writes The Catholic Herald in an editorial.

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Synod in action

Bishops meeting at the Vatican to discuss issues of family life have shared "best practices" for helping families around the world and are continuing to focus on the notion of mercy in church life, reports NCR Online.

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Cardinal Marx

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has delivered a document to the Synod in Rome indicating that German bishops favour a proposal made by Cardinal Walter Kasper to ease the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion, reports The Tablet.

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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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