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Debate Over Use of Marijuana Continues
Last edited 29th September 2014

The question of whether to permit the use of marijuana to help people with serious illnesses continues to divide opinions. In Australia the premier of the state of New South Wales, Mike Baird, announced mid-September that the police would be given discretion not to charge terminally-ill adults who use marijuana for pain relief.


Pope Francis at meeting with the elderly: “Violence against the elderly is inhuman”
Last edited 29th September 2014

Thousands of grandparents and elderly people participated in a meeting with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square. There was also one very special guest: Benedict XVI, who was affectionately greeted by Pope Francis. POPE FRANCIS"I'm especially grateful for the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I have said many times I am so happy that he lives here at the Vatican because it is like having the wise grandfather at home. Thank you”.


Official Hymn for World Youth Day Chosen
Last edited 26th September 2014

The official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016 has just been chosen. The Local Organizing Committee WYD Krakow 2016 together with the Pontifical Council for the Laity selected a song Blessed the merciful by Jakub Blycharz as an official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Congratulations to Jakub!


Sydney's New Archbishop Will Be Installed on 12 November 2014
Last edited 26th September 2014

Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher OP has been appointed by Pope Francis to become the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. His installation will take place on 12 November 2014. Save the date!

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Testimony from Albania Priest Moves Pope to Tears
Last edited 26th September 2014

With tears in his eyes, Pope Francis gave a warm embrace to Father Ernest Troshani Simoni, 84, one of the last survivors of the terrible Communist persecution in Albania. During his visit to Tirana, Albania, on Sept. 21, Pope Francis met with priests, religious, seminarians and members of ecclesial lay movements at the Cathedral of St. Paul, where he listened attentively to Fr. Simoni's testimony.

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Albania Proves that Diverse Religions Can Live in Peace
Last edited 24th September 2014

People of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said. The Muslim majority and Christian minorities in Albania cooperate beautifully for the common good and prove to the world that it can be done.

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'You Are Not Alone': Social Media Campaign Supports Persecuted Christians
Last edited 24th September 2014

Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq. In an interview with CNA, Mauricio Artieda, the director of Catholic-Link, discussed the “20 Days for Peace” campaign, which Catholic-Link launched to urge people to pray for the difficult situation faced by Christians in Iraq and Syria.

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Leading US Speaker to Conduct Two Day Intensive Seminar on Theology of the Body in Sydney
Last edited 24th September 2014

St John Paul II's groundbreaking reflections on human love and the divine vision for masculinity and femininity guide and inspire and show us that both body and soul are vital to our path to holiness.

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How Israel can Bring Peace to the World
Last edited 24th September 2014

A regular MercatorNet contributor, psychologist Israel Kalman, has written this “Open Letter to My Fellow Jews” in the wake of the recent war in Gaza...

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Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia Delighted at Appointment of Fellow Dominican as Sydney's Next Archbishop
Last edited 24th September 2014

The Sydney-based community of the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia of Nashville are delighted at Holy Father Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney.

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