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One of the unfortunate consequences of a reporting trip of the sort I took in Australia in November is that so much necessarily ends up, as it were, on the cutting room floor. In two weeks of what felt like nonstop conversations and interviews, dozens of people generously gave their time and insights.
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In Australia, "laypeople are taking over all of these organizations, taking leadership positions in the schools, in the social ministries, in the health care institutions."
Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales.
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Catholics in the United States and Australia have ringing similarities, the most evident being that their churches are undergoing a major transition.
The bishop appointed to head the newly erected Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne, Australia, said he has "a tough task ahead."
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