Rejects senior Vatican role

Pope Francis has again publicly indicated he is not considering appointing women to Vatican leadership posts, saying it would promote a "functionalism" of women's roles in the Church, reports NCR Online.

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Walking in their shoes

When I participated in last Thursday evening’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Sydney we were asked, at one stage, to close our eyes and visualise what homelessness represents, writes Ray Collins.

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Charge droppede

An 85-year-old religious sister and two fellow Catholic peace activists will probably remain free after US prosecutors told defence attorneys they would not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered, reports The Guardian.

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Condemns hypocrisy

Christians who manufacture arms or invest in the arms industry are hypocrites, Pope Francis said during his two-day visit to Turin, reports The Tablet.

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Major celebration

Catholic education in the South Australian city of Port Pirie “owes its existence” to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, according to Brenda Keenan, Director of Catholic Education in the Port Pirie Diocese.

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Poetic language

There are many fine things about Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', not least because it adds poetry to an issue that is saturated with technocratic and political heaviness, writes Mary Colwell in The Huffington Post.

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First Things

Published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, First Things is an American interreligious, non-partisan research and education institute.

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Curia reform paramount

The English-speaking conservatives, including Cardinal George Pell, who elected Pope Francis were united by the notion that the Curia had to be cleared out. They wanted to break the nexus between the Vatican’s finances and Italy’s economic and political powers.

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Major cover up

A senior Vatican car­dinal has been caught up in alle­gations about a $44 million financial scandal, police and court documents leaked to Italian newspapers ­reveal, reports The Australian.

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More religious scrutiny

The Royal Commission into Institutional Repsonses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing into the Jehovah's Witnesses next month, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Carey Mulligan shines

Far from the Madding Crowd, based on Thomas Hardy's 1874 literary classic, tells the story of a beautiful, headstrong, and independent young woman, Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors.

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Few took up message

On the first Sunday after Pope Francis issued Laudato Si', few priests in the US, Mexico and France used their own pulpits to pass on the Pope’s message, according to interviews with Catholic leaders and reports from parishioners.

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Notre Dame University

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Francis venerates the Shroud

Pope Francis said yesterday the plight of asylum seekers hoping for a new life in Europe was enough to make him cry, condemning those who treat them "like merchandise," reports AFP on Yahoo7.

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Original animation fantasy

This fascinating, animated movie is about the trials, tribulation, sadness, and joys of growing up, set inside the mind of a young girl who is guided by her emotions.

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Political agenda too

Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home has been deliberately timed to influence decision-makers at a trio of key United Nations summits this year culminating in the climate-change conference in Paris in December, writes Graham Gordon in The Tablet.

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Francis Cable

Francis Cable, a former Marist Brother who raped and assaulted at least 17 boys, is set to die in jail after being sentenced to a maximum of 16 years' jail, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Vatican visit last year

The President of the United States has said he wants fellow world leaders to reflect on Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home, reports The Catholic Herald.

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Against coal mining

Pope Francis' Encyclical on the environment calls on rich nations to pay their “grave social debt” to poorer countries and lambasts the UN climate talks for a lack of progress. The Guardian reports on eight things we learned:

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L'Arche Australia

22-Jun-2015
Jean Vanier

L'Arche (French for ark) is an international federation of faith communities where people with or without an intellectual disability share life together. It seeks to create homes where people live a simple life of work, care, prayer, and celebration.

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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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