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Vatican Report Calls for Continued Dialogue with US Women Religious
Last edited 17th December 2014

Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics as a punitive measure, the Vatican-ordered investigation of US communities of women religious has concluded with the publication of a 5,000-word final report summarising the problems and challenges the women themselves see in their communities and thanking them for their service to the Church and to society, especially the poor.


Sydney Archbishop: Darkness of Siege Cannot Overcome Christ's Light
Last edited 17th December 2014

Hell has touched Sydney, but the darkness let loose on a terrorised city cannot overcome the light of Christ, the city's archbishop said at a special Dec. 16 Mass after a lone gunman took 17 people hostage in a cafe, killing two before being shot by police.

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Australia Showed the World How to Respond to Terrorism
Last edited 16th December 2014

In the aftermath of the hostage crisis in downtown Sydney, Australians are showing the world they're not caving to racism or Islamophobia. On Monday, an armed gunman stormed a cafe in Martin Place, entering a tense standoff with police. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag in the cafe's window, many of Australia's Muslims are understandably anxious about facing retribution.

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Only a Repentant Heart will Receive Salvation, Pope Francis Says
Last edited 16th December 2014

Pope Francis touched on the importance of being humble and open to the Lord's correction, encouraging the faithful to offer him their sins to God in order to be saved.

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Pakistan Taliban: School Attack Leaves 141 Dead
Last edited 16th December 2014

Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say. Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.

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Catholic Movie Reviews - Exodus: Gods and Kings
Last edited 16th December 2014

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is a new blockbuster movie based on the story of Moses. In this article, Sr. Helena Burns from Life Teen looks at the film from a Catholic perspective, addressing both the quality of the film, as well as some of the more theological points that the movie raises.

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Pope Pleads with Middle East Churches to Address Crisis Together
Last edited 15th December 2014

Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.

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Two Hostages, Gunman Dead after Sydney Siege Ends
Last edited 15th December 2014

The gunman and two hostages have been confirmed dead following a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe. NSW Police said the 50-year-old gunman was killed during a confrontation with police at around 2am this morning (16 December).

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A Vow of Celibacy Does Not Create a Sex Offender
Last edited 15th December 2014

When Tim Gunn, Lady Gaga, Sir Isaac Newton or Leonardo da Vinci declares themselves celibate, no-one fears that will make them a danger to the public.

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Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Last edited 14th December 2014

This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”

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