Eddie the Eagle

Not every athlete needs to strive for greatness. For some, like Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards, a British ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics, it is the triumph of participation and achieving personal goals which drives them, writes Callum Ryan.

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Vatican crowd

The national count of Mass attendance across Australia will commence at the end of this month, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference announced.

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Cardinal Stepinac

Pope Francis personally intervened to stop the canonisation of Croatian Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac after receiving a letter sent to him by Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej, B92 reports.

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Vatican Museums/Wall Street Journal

In the days when pontiffs rarely left Rome, Pope Gregory XIII commissioned giant maps depicting all of Italy – so that he could explore the peninsula without leaving the city's safety, writes Liam Moloney.

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Bishop Berndt Eidsvig

Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo is seeking Vatican permission for Norwegian clergy to no longer officiate at civil weddings, The Catholic Herald reports.

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Jojoba plantation, Fatehpur, India

In an impromptu message for Earth Day, Pope Francis has called on people to transform deserts into forests, Crux reports.

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Australian troops march (Eureka Street)

Anzac Day this year fell shortly after the Vatican held its Non-Violence and Just Peace Conference. The coincidence is intriguing, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street.

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Prince/Penner/Flickr

An article in L'Osservatore Romano has praised the late singer Prince as a "protean artist" and "genius," Breitbart reports.

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Pope Francis hears confession (ANSA/Vatican Radio)

Pope Francis heard the confessions of 16 teenagers during a Holy Year youth day event in St Peter's Square on Saturday, The Miami Herald reports.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison

The Church is among a coalition of prominent Christian leaders who have written to Treasurer Scott Morrison urging him not to go ahead with scheduled cuts to Australian aid in next month’s federal budget, reports SBS.

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Postcard from Bolivia

Young lay missionaries who travel overseas to fulfil their calling return home with a strong sense of spiritual and emotional satisfaction.

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Bialystok Cathedral

Church authorities in eastern Poland have denounced nationalist views and apologised after an extreme-right organisation held a Mass in a regional cathedral, reports AP in Crux.

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Anzac Cove

CathNews will take a break over the Anzac Day holiday weekend, and return on Tuesday, April 26. We wish our readers a safe and happy Anzac Day.  

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Liberal Pope raises conservative hackles

The unexpected resignation of the head of the Catholic News Service suggests it may become harder for liberals, even the moderate type, to survive on the Church’s payroll in the Pope Francis era, writes John Allen.

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Ursula Rakova

Ursula Rakova is Executive Director of Tulele Peisa ("Sailing the Waves On Our Own"). She comes from the Carteret Islands, a small Pacific group whose population of about 2500 are among the world's first climate refugees.

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Training found to be inadequate

A report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on St Joseph's Orphanage at Neerkol in Central Queensland has found the retired Bishop of Rockhampton, Brian Heenan, placed children at risk of abuse by a paedophile priest because of his inadequate response to complaints.

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Swiss guards outside Vatican bank

The Holy See has suspended an external audit of Vatican finances by global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), reports Global Pulse.

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Milan Cathedral

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love, has begun to change attitudes to Communion in the Archdiocese of Milan, according to a senior official, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Distinctive Catholic values

Serious Catholics bring to American politics a distinctive way of thinking about public life that’s built on four core principles, drawn from the Church’s social doctrine, writes George Weigel.

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The new commandment

John 13:31-33A, 34-35 When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

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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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