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Asia Bibi’s Appeal is Rejected and her Death Sentence Upheld
Last edited 16th October 2014

Asia Bibi was convicted for blasphemy in 2010 when she was found guilty of making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammed. The Lahore High Court has now rejected Bibi’s latest appeal but her lawyers have vowed to take her case to the Supreme Court. Vatican Insider reports that this will be the final step before hanging.

Meet Shanti – Finding hope after losing her first 4 Children
Last edited 15th October 2014

When Shanti told me that her first four children had all passed away when they were between 6 – 12 months old, I was stunned. What do you even say to that? How can you possibly continue the conversation from that point on?

Fr. Benedict Groeschel Laid to Rest
Last edited 14th October 2014

Family and friends of the gray-habited friar Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel bid farewell to him Oct. 12 as he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark.


Malala Yousafzai & Anti-Slavery Activist Win Nobel Peace Prize
Last edited 12th October 2014

Malala Yousafzay and the Indian human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have both been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The pair were awarded the prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children”, according to the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, Thorbjørn Jagland. Pope Francis was also nominated for the award this year.


Catholic Singles: The Forgotten Amoung the Faithful
Last edited 9th October 2014

"The temptation of Catholic married people to dismiss the lives of Catholic singles as prolonged adolescence must be resisted. The so-called “Single Scene” is packed with people who, unlike the majority of my Catholic single readers, have little interest in getting married; they are out for whatever sexual comforts they can get. This means Catholic singles are usually in an environment in which premarital sexual relations are considered standard for any dating relationship; even Catholic men find themselves left lonely after explaining that they are saving sex for marriage. To resist the temptations and dangers of the Single Scene, unmarried Catholics need the support and friendship of other Catholics: clerical, married and religious."


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How Catholics Can Conquer Depression
Last edited 9th October 2014

This week is Mental Health Week - a important opportunity to stop, think and pray about mental illness. With so many people of all faiths and backgrounds suffering from mental illness around the world, it is a topic we cannot ignore! An American psychiatrist explains what inspired him to write a guide to the condition specifically for members of the Church:


Date Set for Installation for the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as Ninth Archbishop of Sydney
Last edited 6th October 2014

The Liturgical Reception and Mass of Installation for the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney will take place on the evening of Wednesday, 12 November 2014 at St Mary's Cathedral.


Iraqi Couple Finds Courage in a Pope Who Suffers with Them
Last edited 1st October 2014

An elderly couple who lost everything after fleeing their home due to ISIS violence met with Pope Francis on Sunday, saying the encounter gave them hope because they know they are not alone.


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.


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.

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