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ISIS Overruns Town that Inspired Luke Skywalker’s Home Planet
Last edited 25th March 2015

Star Wars fans have been warned to stay far, far, away from a Tunisian town that was the inspiration for Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine — due to a threat of being taken hostage by ISIS.The dusty desert town of Tataouine, Tunisia has recently been overrun with bloodthirsty jihadists who have pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State, according to CNN.


A Mother's Love
Last edited 25th March 2015

There is nothing quite like the love that a mother has for her child. She pours herself out for her child day in and day out, from infancy, to childhood, through adolescence, and into adulthood. Our mother’s love for us, Mary’s love for us, began at the Annunciation – it began at her faithful willingness to cooperate with God’s plan for salvation. She lived out this love as she raised our Savior, from infancy to adulthood.


Vatican Statistics show Modest, Steady Church Growth Worldwide
Last edited 25th March 2015

The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics. For the second year in a row, the number of candidates for the priesthood also decreased. The numbers come from the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which was completed in February and published in March. The yearbook reported worldwide church figures as of Dec. 31, 2013.


Pope Pleads for Prayers for Success of Synod
Last edited 25th March 2015

At his weekly public audience on March 25, Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for the Synod of Bishops, which will meet in October to renew a discussion of marriage and the family.

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An Update on Philip Nitschke
Last edited 25th March 2015

There have been more developments in Philip Nitschke’s medical license suspension this week. This blog provides a quick update. A quick refresher on Philip Nitschke’s process so far In July 2014, Philip Nitschke’s medical license was suspended by the South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia. The Medical Board may suspend registration without an investigation first occurring if it considers it to be necessary to protect public health and the practitioner’s conduct poses a serious risk to persons.


How Much Should we Invest in Creating Equal Results in Boys’ and Girls’ Education?
Last edited 25th March 2015

Boys are not doing as well as girls in today's schools. But why?


Artists Interpret Stations of the Cross for ACU's Innovative Easter Exhibition
Last edited 24th March 2015

Warnum artist, Shirley Purdie's interpretation of the 16th Station of the Cross is one of the highlights and outstanding works featured in the Australian Catholic Universities' unique Easter Art Exhibition at ACU's McGlade Gallery.

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Vatican Invites Homeless for Dinner & Tour of Sistine Chapel
Last edited 24th March 2015

In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty. On Thursday afternoon, 150 homeless persons will receive a special ticket for the Vatican Museums given by the office for papal charities. They will then be divided into three separate groups with a guide, Vatican Insider reports.

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Vatican Offers Solidarity for Victims of Alps Plane Crash
Last edited 25th March 2015

After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families.


Japanese Archbishop Says Decline in Catholic Population Reflects Crisis for Faith
Last edited 24th March 2015

Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki has reported that the faithful recognize a “deep sense of crisis” in Japanese Catholicism.


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