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New Sydney archbishop wants to help Catholics regain trust in church

New Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher has pledged to regain the confidence of Australian Catholics and the broader community in the wake of the church's sexual abuse scandal.

Pope Francis named the bishop of Parramatta and former auxiliary bishop of Sydney to succeed Cardinal George Pell, now prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.

"There can be no more excuses, no more cover-ups and the victims have to be put first," Fisher said.

The Catholic church in Australia is going through a period of scrutiny, he said.

Iraqi Jewish Archive to go on the road in the United States

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After the U.S. Army rescued a trove of Jewish artifacts from the basement of Saddam Hussein's secret police headquarters, many American descendants of Iraq's once vibrant Jewish community wondered if the U.S. would return these artifacts to war-torn Iraq.

The answer was yes. Over the objections of many Jews whose families came from Iraq, the U.S. had agreed that the "Iraqi Jewish Archive," painstakingly restored in a laboratory outside Washington, D.C., would return to Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Caritas Manila, CRS send aid to communities flooded by tropical storm

Catholic aid agencies were involved in efforts to help people who were flooded out of their homes by a tropical storm in the northern Philippines.

A downpour inundated Manila and surrounding communities for 24 hours starting Thursday evening. Forecasters expected that the heavy rain would continue through Saturday.

Emergency response officials said 25 percent of the capital region was under water and nearly 500,000 people were affected by the twin impact of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong and late-summer monsoons.

Chilean cardinal urges people to change their ways to dispel fear

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Under strong security measures, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello led the traditional ecumenical "Te Deum" service Thursday to celebrate Chile's national holidays and urged people to change their ways to dispel fear.

Before a metropolitan cathedral packed with government officials -- among them President Michelle Bachelet, congressmen and military -- and leaders of other religious faiths, the cardinal referred to the bombing at the Escuela Militar subway station that injured 14 people Sept. 8.

Nuncio: World won't be more 'genuinely' human unless all work for peace

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Peace is never achieved once and for all, but is the fruit of a daily quest for greater justice and respect for one another, the new papal nuncio to the United Nations said Monday.

For believers, it is not merely a result of human efforts, but also a gift from the Almighty, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said.

He spoke at a prayer service on the eve of the opening of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly. It was his first official function since arriving Sept. 8 in New York. He was the nuncio to Haiti from 2008 until July 1.

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