Pope unable to walk long distances
27 June, 2014

Pope Francis did not walk in yesterday's Corpus Christi procession in Rome as he is struggling to walk long distances.  

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Vatican declares Chilean bishop innocent of sexual abuse charges
27 June, 2014

After almost a year of investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith concluded that Bishop Cristian Contreras Molina of San Felipe was innocent of the child abuse accusations made against him.  

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Global Rosary Relay for Priests to foster prayer for priestly ministry
19 June, 2014

The Shrine of Our Lady of Magadan in Siberia will lead off the fifth annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, which begins at midnight on 27 June and involves 85 shrines in 46 countries, including Australia.  

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English cardinal calls sexual violence ‘most gross breach’ of rights
18 June, 2014

Sexual violence “is always a crime, an immoral act” and the Catholic Church is committed to prevent such offenses being perpetrated “against anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances”, said an English cardinal.  

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Why not? Pope invites 50,000 charismatics to Vatican for 2017
17 June, 2014

Meeting more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis admitted he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed, but he knelt on stage as they prayed for him and over him by singing and speaking in tongues.  

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When a sign of faith becomes the sign of death

This symbol, the Arabic letter for 'N', the first letter in the word 'Nazarat', has been painted on the houses of Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mosul's Christians were told they had 24 hours to leave their city or convert to Islam. If they did not, they were told, they would be executed. Our Christian and Shia brothers and sisters need our prayers. Now.

Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace as the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city. "Violence isn't overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace," he said before leading thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square in a moment of silent prayer on Sunday, 20 July.

"Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are chased away," he said, as he assured Christians in all of Iraq and the Middle East of his "constant prayers".

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‘Curb adventurist stance on euthanasia’

Dr Philip Nitschke’s involvement in the suicide of a physically healthy man last month might be seen as a bridge too far by media and other euthanasia advocates, but the director of Sydney’s Life, Marriage and Family Centre says the episode provides a vision of where the debate will go.  

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