Former Premier

Barry O'Farrell has slammed the Church response to a Special Commission of Inquiry report into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, The Guardian reports.

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Leo Seemanpanilla

In a decision sure to have caused more grief to the family of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker who committed suicide in Melbourne, Australian immigration authorities refused them entry to attend his funeral yesterday.

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Cardinals Bergoglio and Bertone

Pope Benedict might well have outfoxed his deputy Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with his resignation last year, writes Ingrid D. Rowland for The New York Review of Books.

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Breeches Bible

A rare, 1585 'Breeches Bible' has been literally stumbled upon at the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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Independent Education Union

Industrial action by the Independent Teachers Union at Tasmania's 37 Catholic schools could begin within days, the ABC reports.

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Cardinal Tagle

The Pope wants his pastors to smell like their sheep; and now Cardinal Luis Tagle of the Philippines wants his ministers, too, to seek out 'meaningful roles,' reports ucanews.com

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Archbishop Denis Hart

Good Friday is a Holy Day for Christians. Our community recognises its importance by observing it as a public holiday, writes Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart.

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Irish children

There are thousands of baby burial grounds across Ireland, writes Graham Clifford at independent.ie, especially on the western seabord.

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Of mice and bears

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Celestine and Ernest

Celestine the mouse lives in the underground world of rodents. Above ground lurk the scare bears. Ah, here it comes – Romeo and Juliet, Westside Story – now with added fur. 

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Australian first

Australia’s first Oratorian community will be established in 2015 or 2016 with at least four priests and a seminarian. This website provides information about the project, with news, updates, and information on donations. 

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Brother bishops

Big day in the Vatican yesterday for ecumenism and a twig off an old historic English fig tree, as the Pontiff received the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, writes Iacopo Scaramuzzi for Vatican Insider.

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Treasurer Constance

The Catholic Education Commission NSW has welcomed the State Budget's commitment to lift recurrent funding to all schools, but is disappointed that the 2012 freeze on capital funding to all non-government schools will remain.

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Pope Francis

'Even some prelates are corrupt,' Pope Francis declared yesterday in a new attack on corruption, Vatican Insider reports.

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Fr Brian Lucas

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference General Secretary, Fr Brian Lucas, appeared yesterday at the Royal Commission into Institutional Repsonses to Child Sexual Abuse in Canberra yesterday, The Canberra Times reports.

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2210royalcom

The Truth Justice and Healing Council joined the Royal Commission's second roundtable discussion on Working With Children Checks in Canberra yesterday.

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Wayside Chapel 2

The Wayside Chapel has teamed up with the Jesuit Refugee Service Australia to host a photo exhibition during Refugee Week.

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Archbishop Burma 2

Burma stands on a knife edge of hope and fear, threatened by extreme Buddhist nationalism, writes Yangon Archbishop Charles Bo in The Washington Post.

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Howzat!

It's a match for the ages... the Vatican's first, First XI cricket team vs the C of E's. The date and place, England in September. Josephine McKenna reports from Rome on the showdown's opening round.

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Berlin

A rabbi, an imam, and a pastor in Berlin are planning to create a sacred space for three religions under one roof, The Huffington Post reports.

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ISIS

The BBC is reporting that a large number of Christians have left Iraq, as fighting between Iraqi forces and insurgent ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) rebels intensifies.

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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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