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Pope Appoints Five Women, Including One Australian, to Theological Panel
Last edited 24th September 2014

Pope Francis has named Australian theologian Tracey Rowland among the new female members of the International Theological Commission. The Vatican announced her appointment on 23 September, along with those of Sister Prudence Allen RSM, Sister Alenka Arko, Dr Moira McQueen and Prof Marianne Schlosser.

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Bishop Cupich Named Archbishop of Chicago
Last edited 22nd September 2014

Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane as the new Archbishop of Chicago. Ordained to the priesthood in 1985 and appointed bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998, Bishop Cupich was transferred to Spokane in 2010. On the eve of the 2008 presidential election, Bishop Cupich spoke out against abortion and racism. “Voting for a candidate solely because of that candidate’s support for abortion or against him or her solely on the basis of his or her race is to promote an intrinsic evil,” he wrote.


Speaking Truth in Charity: What Can We Expect from the Archbishop-Elect of Sydney?
Last edited 22nd September 2014

"In the midst of an unprecedented examination of the inner dysfunction of the Catholic Church's response to clergy sex abuse, survivors' groups have stated that Fisher should expect no honeymoon. They are fed up with apologies; they want to see action. Not just policies of prevention, but root and branch reform of the very culture of the institution."

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Sydney Father & Daughter Tackle Mt Kilimanjaro to Raise $26,000 for Caritas
Last edited 17th September 2014

For the past nine months Sydney father and daughter, Peter and Erin Crawford have been in training in preparation for next week's 5,895 metre climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Erin and her father Peter will fly out this Sunday, 21 September for Tanzania along with 10 other Australian adventurers to participate in the Caritas Ks Kilimanjaro 2014 fundraiser.

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Search on for Bone Marrow Donor to Save Life of Catholic Mother
Last edited 15th September 2014

An appeal has been launched to find a bone marrow donor for a Catholic mother from Brighton. Nikki Breaterman, a 45-year-old mother of two, suffers from acute myeloid leukaemia. Her condition is life-threatening and because she has a rare genetic make up, being Irish-European and Burmese, her best hope of survival is to find a perfect ’10:10? genetic donor. Nikki and her husband’s two children are aged seven and four.

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Iraqi Christian: ‘ISIS?Terrorist Held a Sword to My Throat but I Refused to Convert’
Last edited 11th September 2014

An Iraqi Christian woman described this week how she defied ISIS terrorists who put a sword to her throat and told her to either convert to Islam or lose her head. With the blade at her neck, she replied that she would rather die than give up her Christian faith. But instead of decapitating her, the Islamists – many of whom she described as foreigners with long beards – robbed her of all her possessions before eventually driving her from Qaraqosh.

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NSWCCJ Words of Commemoration for the life of Archbishop Edward Bede Clancy
Last edited 11th September 2014

It is with sadness and great reverence that the NSW Council of Christians and Jews acknowledges the life of NSW Archbishop Edward Bede Clancy, OAM, the “peoples’ Pastor”, who has passed away at the age of 90.


A Testimony from a Recovering Gambler
Last edited 9th September 2014

This testimony was shared with permission the person prefers to remain anonymous.


Catholics Mourn Leading Pro-Life MP Jim Dobbin
Last edited 7th September 2014

Catholics in England are mourning the leading pro-life MP Jim Dobbin, who has died aged 73. The Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester died during a visit to Poland organised by the Council of Europe. Mr Dobbin was co-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group and was awarded a papal knighthood by Benedict XVI in 2008. He had served as an MP since 1997.


Archbishop Sheen's Sainthood Cause Suspended Indefinitely
Last edited 4th September 2014

The canonisation cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued Sept. 3 by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where the archbishop was born.

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