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Loving Parishioners in their Particularity [Symposium Index]
Last edited 29th October 2014

Kat Fernandez of The Crescat wrote recently about the experience of feeling ignored by the church as a single mother. Especially during the Synod on the family, she felt invisible, except, sometimes as a warning:

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Welcoming Singles in Our Parishes
Last edited 29th October 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Catholic Talk published a blog titled “Is the Synod ignoring the singles?” Separated couples, divorced and remarried persons, divorced and not remarried persons, single parents and homosexual persons were all specific mentions in Synod documents, but there appears to have been no mention of never-married people at the Synod at all. For single Catholics, it can feel that they are not seen as part of a family.

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Pope Says Evolution, Big Bang Theories Are Compatible With Catholic Faith
Last edited 28th October 2014

The scientific theories of “The Big Bang” and “Evolution” are not only consistent with the Catholic Faith, Pope Francis told a Vatican gathering – they are essential to understanding God.

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What is the Wrath of God?
Last edited 28th October 2014

In Sunday's Mass (26 October 2014) there was a reference to the wrath of God and how only Jesus can save us from it. St Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, commends them who have turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath (1 Thess 1:9-10).

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Baghdad, At Least 38 Dead in Bomb Attack - Please Pray
Last edited 28th October 2014

At least 38 people were killed and dozens injured in the two bombings on Monday 27 October in the Iraqi capital and in a suburb near Baghdad. In the first attack, a suicide bomber drove a Humvee packed with explosives crashed into a checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing over 24 people (mostly members of the Shiite militias). At least 25 people were injured. The second took place in the capital, when a car bomb detonated and killed at least 10 people.

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Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for Me, Your Daughter
Last edited 28th October 2014

A Catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country's blasphemy law has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying that she trusts in God’s plan for her life.

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John Paul II 'Taught Me How to be a Person,' Secretary Recounts
Last edited 28th October 2014

Saint John Paul II’s deep love for the world and for God continues to inspire people today to draw near to Christ, teaching them not only about sanctity, but about humanity, say those who were close to the late Pope.

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Catholic Schools in Rich Areas of Sydney to Charge Higher Fees
Last edited 27th October 2014

For the first time, there will be different fee structures for the 150 schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. For about 35 schools in richer suburbs, fees will rise by as much as nine per cent, while some schools in the poorest areas will have a fee reduction. Discounts for siblings will also be phased out gradually.


Nigerian Refugees Suffer as Government Fails to Contain Boko Haram
Last edited 27th October 2014

More than 80,000 Catholics have fled from their homes in northeast Nigeria because of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri told Aid to the Church in Need. Bishop Doeme reported that refugees are living in caves and forests, facing the dangers of starvation and disease.

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Putting Life on Ice
Last edited 27th October 2014

The latest company benefit, subsidising female employees to freeze their eggs so they don’t have to interrupt their careers, has drawn widespread criticism. Recent news reports said that Facebook has already started to offer up to $20,000 to help cover the cost of freezing eggs and that Apple will soon start a similar scheme.


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