Airstrike in Marawi, Philippines, July (CNS/Jorge Silva, Reuters)

Amnesty International said it has documented violations of humanitarian law, some amounting to war crimes, during the five-month conflict in the Philippines, Crux reports

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Senator Dean Smith (Dean Smith WA website)

The author of the same-sex marriage bill says conservatives need to get out of the way and let same-sex marriage laws pass, Sky News Australia reports.

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Mick Good and Margaret White (Facebook/NTRoyalComm)

Darwin's notorious Don Dale Youth Detention Centre will shut down within three months as the Northern Territory government attempts to close a dark chapter inside its youth prisons, News.com.au reports.

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The Melbourne rally on Saturday (Twitter/Kon_K)

The Australian Medical Association called on the federal government to allow doctors to help more than 400 asylum-seekers languishing inside the recently closed detention centre on Manus Island, The Guardian reports.

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Year 12 students on the Skool to Skoolies ride (Facebook/SEC Ipswich)

While most graduating year 12 students were probably working out what to pack for their schoolies party, 14 boys from St Edmund's College in Ipswich hit the road, the Queensland Times reports.

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Some 1500 joined Pope Francis for lunch yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

On the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet, CNA reports.

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Notre Dame University

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The convent at the centre of the legal drama (ABC News /Google Maps)

A jury has awarded $US5million ($6.6m) to pop singer Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, after it found a restaurateur intentionally interfered with the singer's attempts to buy a former convent, ABC News reports.

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Bishop Peter Comensoli (ACBC)

Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli has applauded the defeat of the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill last week, the Diocese of Broken Bay reports.

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Fifty-three students will spend three weeks in Tanzania (UND)

Life-changing education opportunities and medical assistance will flow to dozens of children in a remote, impoverished village in Tanzania, thanks to the fundraising efforts by students at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

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Support Not Suicide protestors outside NSW parliament yesterday (Twitter/SNS_NSW)

Proposed assisted dying laws have been defeated 20 votes to 19 in the NSW parliament, while the all-night debate on the same issue in the Victorian upper house continues, SBS News reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Front page of a Harare newspaper on Wednesday (CNS/Aaron Ufumeli, EPA)

Church leaders in Zimbabwe have called for calm and for an interim government after the military seized power this week, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Cory Bernardi (Facebook/Cory Bernardi)

Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi's motion opposing Medicare funding for the termination of pregnancies on gender grounds was defeated in the Senate yesterday, The Guardian reports.

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Pope Francis autographs the Lamborghini (CNS/LOsservatore Romano)

A special edition Lamborghini sports car presented to Pope Francis will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity, Aid to the Church in Need reports.

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Applecross parish children and Fr Nelson Po with their rosary beads (eRecord/Bev Funga)

How do you teach a child that the Rosary is not a beautiful necklace, but so much more? This is the question that has been posed by Perth after-school catechism teacher Bev Funga, The eRecord reports.

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Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express (IMDB)

Murder on the Orient Express is the fourth film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel of the same name. Director Kenneth Branagh takes the lead role as the extravagantly moustached Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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Pope says festival a chance to deepen relationship with God (ACYF)

Pope Francis has given his blessing to next month's Australian Catholic Youth Festival, the Sydney Archdiocese reports.

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Peter Dutton (Twitter/Peter Dutton)

The political fight over religious freedom will be pushed into next year, in a bid to guarantee same-sex marriage can be legislated by Christmas, The Australian reports.

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The boy remains in a serious condition in hospital (SkyNews Australia screenshot)

A Victorian school policy review has been ordered after the near death of a young boy trapped in a car in Melbourne, with his parents not notified of his absence by his Catholic school for hours, the Herald Sun reports.

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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