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Pope wants episcopal conferences to decide on married priests, says cardinal

Cardinal Walter Kasper says the shortage of priests has become critical. “Priests today are often managers with four or five parishes to look after. They have no time for pastoral work.” reported Christa Pongratz-Lippitt in La Croix International on April 12, 2017.  

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Canberra Catholics push for more power in church decision-making

Over 200 people attended a meeting in Canberra with Archbishop Chris Prowse in attendance on April 27 to call for reform in church governance reported Katie Burgess in The Canberra Times on April 28.

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Why is there resistance to Amoris Laetitia?

The apostolic exhortation The joy of love was published on April 8, 2016. In parishes that he visited to present the document, Dominican theologian, Fr Jean-Miguel Garrigues, has observed that some Catholics have difficulties in accepting the divorced and remarried, reported Mélinée Le Priol in La Croix International on April 10, 2017

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US Priests Association finds Vatican Statement on homosexual candidates for priesthood disrespectful

In a statement released on April 19 by the 1,200-member Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP) stated that “the terms ‘homosexual tendencies’ and ‘deep-seated homosexual tendencies’ are ambiguous and disrespectful of the personhood of those who identify with a homosexual orientation.”

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Buddhist feast marked by Vatican call for non-violence

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a message on the Buddhist feast of Vesakh, 3 May in eastern Asia, and 10 May in southern Asia, stressing the “urgent need” to walk along the path of peace and nonviolence precisely because some people often “exploit religion to justify their acts of violence and hatred” in […]

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NT bishop washes Don Dale inmates’ feet

Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley washed the feet of detainees at Darwin’s notorious Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, and he said one boy offered to wash his in return reported news.com.au on April 14.    

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New auxiliary bishop for Brisbane

Fr Ken Howell will serve alongside the Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge as auxiliary bishop, the Pope announced on March 27, 2017 according to the Australian Bishops’ media blog.

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Opposition to Óscar Romero’s canonization was political

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the postulator for the cause of Blessed Óscar Romero, experienced firsthand pushback against the archbishop’s canonization. The delay was political and ‘like a dagger in my heart,’ he told James Martin, S.J., in a video interview reports José Dueño in America on March […]

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Pope appoints new communications advisors

In an attempt to project openness to different voices, Pope Francis has appointed Fr James Martin SJ of America Magazine and Michael Warsaw of EWTN among 13 new consultants to the Vatican’s Secretariat for communications, Crux reported on 13 April 2017.

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