Pope and Patriarch

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leaders of the millennium-long separated Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, have issued resounding and historic calls for the reunification of their global communities.

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Jesuit Pontiff

"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and contraception," Francis declared in  August, 2013: "Pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrine." 

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Asks who can judge

School reborn as aged-care facility, Queensland laundry helps cyclone victims, Francis to visit Pompeii, and reflects on judging others.

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Jesus in the Temple

John 2:13-25When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 

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Fr Dante Orsi

Australia's first Scalabrinian Missionary, Fr Dante Orsi, consecrated his life to serving God and his people until his death in January, reports Emily Ng for The Catholic Leader.

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Sr Barbara

Sr Barbara Moore experienced Selma first-hand a half century ago, so when she sat down to watch the film, she wanted to do it alone, reports the Catholic News Service.

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Christ by Rembrandt

James Carroll confronts millennia of undisguised anti-Semitism, scriptural fabrications,  and tactical misreadings of history which have prevented an informed understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, posits The Washington Post.

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Angelus Sunday

Refreshed by his week on retreat just outside Rome, the Pope came back to the Vatican and had a very busy schedule to fulfil, as the video coverage of his activities indicates.

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Much anticipated

The Pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment is anticipated with excitement by climate change campaigners and dread by some conservatives. But beyond the immediate political impact, a more enduring implication could lie in the theological shift it might represent, writes Clive Hamilton in ABC Online.

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Hiding behind fear

It is easy to mistake piety for the genuine response that God wants of us, that is, to enter into a relationship of intimacy with Him and then try to help others have that same experience, writes Ron Rolheiser.

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Digital conversion

Digita Vaticana Onlus is a non-profit organisation founded in 2013 to promote the conversion of the Vatican Library manuscripts into digital format.

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Inauguration last week

Nobody but God could have mustered the miraculous support Gold Coast priest Fr Tim Harris received when he promised a new church for Broadbeach Catholics on the Gold Coast, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Benedict resigns

Two years ago, on February 11, Pope Benedict took the floor in the Consistory. He spoke in Latin, so we strained to grasp where he was going. Within seconds it was clear what was happening. This was no ordinary address, writes Archbishop Leo Cushley.

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Valentine

For St Valentine's Day, Sr Mary Ann Walsh RSM draws up a list of Catholics working for the common good who deserve a love heart. Try to guess who is Number 1 on the list.

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Giving each other space

After 55 years of happy marriage, Ron and Mavis Pirola could probably finish each other's sentences. But they don't, instead choosing to preserve the space belonging to the other.

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The pastor of pop

A year in the making, this is a documentary about the pop pastor's ministry in the fourth year of his Catholic priesthood.

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Survival

On August 5, 2010, the San José copper and gold mine outside Copiapó, Chile, collapsed. For 69 days, the world held its breath while 33 trapped miners stared death in the face, and prayed to God for help. A new book tells the gripping tale.

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Fr Joshua

This young Hip Hop fan from the USA didn't even like church as a youth. Today he's Father Joshua Johnson, the youngest priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. But he wants to be known as more than just "the Rapping Priest."

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Fr McBrien

Fr Richard McBrien, a theologian and professor at Notre Dame University in the USA, challenged orthodoxy in the Church for five decades and explained and popularised the reforms of Vatican II, writes The New York Times.

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Protesters in Perth

Archbishop Hart's letter to Indonesia, Pope's message to new cardinals, woman bishop, March for Life USA, Philippines peace tested, Lenten message, balloons replace doves at St Peters, Australia Day week, Pope's surprise.

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