The Catholics by Roy Hattersley

Few pause to consider the recusants, that small number of Catholics who, amid the post-Reformation religious havoc wreaked by Tudor and Stuart monarchs, refused to be coerced into abandoning their allegiance to the pope, writes Peter Stanford at The Guardian.

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Fr Timoner

In a tiny rural village in the Philippines locals work tirelessly at coconut farms for around $2 a day. With no access to education or welfare services these people live in poverty, the Cessnock Advertiser reports.

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Bella Augimeri at Restore

The Culture Project Australia is encouraging discussion on human dignity and sexual integrity among young people, the Catholic Outlook reports.

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The blogging Benedictine

“There are Benedictines, and then there are Benedictines,” says Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman, who believes he is the latter, according to the Catholic Leader.

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Vatican euros

The Vatican has issued new figures showing it narrowed its deficit by half in 2015 to 12.4 million euros ($17.3 million), AAP reports in Yahoo7.

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Cardinal Gerhard Muller

The Vatican's doctrinal chief has dismissed accusations that some Vatican officials are resisting recommendations on best practices for protecting children and vulnerable adults from clergy sex abuse, Catholic News Service reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Peaceful prayer vigil

Traditional views on marriage and the sanctity of human life have been marginalised by a new orthodoxy, Archbishop Christopher Prowse has told the Canberra Times.

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One-child policy

For some 35 years, China's population was strictly controlled by the Communist government’s one-child policy. But what about the estimated 13 million unregistered second and third children, asks Catholic News Agency.

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Asylum-seekers, Villawood

The Josephite Justice Network has launched Tuesday Mourning, a weekly event from now until Pentecost Sunday in mourning for the innocent people locked up on Manus Island and Nauru.

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Displaced people in Sinai

A spokesman for Egypt's Catholic Church has praised local Muslims for helping embattled Christians after a series of Islamic State attacks in Sinai, Crux reports.

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis says that while liturgical music has often struggled to live up to the quality and beauty the mystery of the Eucharist requires, its renewal can be promoted by a solid musical education, reports the Catholic News Agency.

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Lenten retreat

The priest leading Pope Francis's annual Lenten retreat says he hopes Christians around the world will be inspired to join in, Catholic News Agency reports.

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Bible study

Lent is often seen as a time of fasting and self-denial, which is part of the tradition, but not one that the liturgy stresses. The liturgical readings are more about preparing catechumens for baptism at the Easter Vigil, writes Fr Thomas Reese SJ on NCR Online.

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Older Australians

Older Australians who access home care services will now be able to exercise greater choice and control with the commencement of new funding arrangements, The Record reports.

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Mobile phone bible

Pope Francis yesterday called on Christians to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their mobile phones for messages, Vatican Radio reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Archbishop Christopher Prowse has told the Canberra Times he sees light among the darkness of child sexual abuse revelations.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia says Pope Francis cannot contradict Pope St John Paul II’s teaching on marriage, the Catholic Herald reports via Crux.

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Fr Frank Lombard with Joseph Cardijn

The Cardijn Community, Catholic Theological College and the University of Divinity are calling for papers for a symposium entitled "Formation, Laity, & Vatican II: The YCW in Australia" to be held on July 29.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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