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Oceania Bishops Meet to Discuss Regional Issues

Last edited 13th April 2018

Bishops from across Oceania are meeting in Papua New Guinea this week to discuss human rights and environmental issues in the region. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Chinese Officials Again Detain Underground Bishop During Holy Week

Last edited 27th March 2018

Police have detained a Catholic bishop at the center of controversy over a possible agreement between the Vatican and China.

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Youth Say They Want a Church That's Transparent, Up-to-date

Last edited 25th March 2018

At the end of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican, young people from around the world have urged the Church to be more authentic, modern and creative in the way it interacts with young people, and in addressing controversial contemporary issues.

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Top Vatican communications officer resigns after 'Lettergate' fiasco

Last edited 21st March 2018

On Wednesday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano as prefect of the Secretariat for Communications in wake of what has been dubbed by many as the 'Lettergate' scandal, which has dominated Catholic media the past week.

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Now Is The Time to Pray for China: Peter Rosengren

Last edited 7th February 2018

The news flashed around the Catholic world last week that the Vatican was on the verge of concluding an historic agreement with the government of the People's Republic of China in relation to the Church in that country. The first warning sign, however, was what was reported. Subsequently confirmed reports indicated that a Vatican delegation had visited two underground bishops – Peter Zhuang Juanjian of Shantou and Joseph Guo Xijin of Shintou – in January, asking them to resign their sees and hand control of them over to currently illicitly consecrated bishops of the Patriotic Church. The two underground bishops, it was reported, were visibly distressed at what they were being asked to do but, at first, acceded.

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Bishop Outraged By 'Hypocrisy' of Locked Churches

Last edited 15th January 2018

A bishop has criticised Catholic churches that remain locked during the day, and called in them to stay open like their Anglican counterparts.

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Traveling in My Habit - Br. Casey Cole, OFM

Last edited 9th January 2018

Many of us went on a holiday during the Christmas Season and this includes many religious brothers and sisters. Have you ever wondered what it is like for religious to travel in their habits? Check out this video from YouTube video blogger Brother Casey Cole OFM who always takes the opportunity to evangelize in his habit.

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New Tests Have Confirmed the Age of the Holy Sepulchre

Last edited 30th November 2017

Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus.

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How Hebrew-Speaking Catholics Make Advent Longer

Last edited 27th November 2017

Every year it seems as though the spiritual preparation for Christmas lags behind the commercial preparation. What if there were more weeks to Advent?

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Focus Turns to Religious Freedom after Yes Vote

Last edited 16th November 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has cleared the ground for a compromise that aims to protect religious freedom, as he vows to pass laws by Christmas.

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