The Tasmanian Benedictine community (Notre Dame Priory)

An order of Catholic monks famous for their six-day silent retreats and chanting have bought a property in southern Tasmania they hope will become their new Australian base. Source: ABC News.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro yesterday (CNS/Reuters video)

More than 300 priests were linked to sexual abuse claims and over 1,000 victims were identified in a Pennsylvania grand jury report into six of the state’s dioceses released yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Fr Alexander Sob Nougi (Facebook/Fr Sob)

Church officials in Cameroon believe the killing of a priest last month was no accident. Source: Crux.

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Jack Phillips (CNA/Alliance Defending Freedom)

Less than three months after winning a US Supreme Court case backing his religious freedom of expression, a Christian baker is at the centre of another cake and faith-based battle. Source: CNA.

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Notre Dame University

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The papal emoji is already active on Twitter (Vatican Media)

Twitter has created a Papal emoji to mark Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families next week. Source: Vatican News.

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Peter Haysie at the royal commission yesterday (Financial services royal commission)

A senior executive of Catholic Super failed to declare that companies associated with his brother won marketing contracts worth $2 million with the superannuation fund, the banking royal commission heard yesterday. Source: SBS News.

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The bill was drafted, 36 votes to 34 (Twitter)

The Senate last night rejected a bid to allow territories to pass euthanasia laws in what is seen as a showdown on the possibility of federal right-to-die laws. Source: News.com.au.

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Sr Patty Fawkner plants a Camden Gum seedling (The Good Oil/Hugh Clark)

Three seedlings of the endangered Camden White Gum have been planted by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan to restore the ecosystem of their Mater Dei property in New South Wales. Source: The Good Oil.

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Deacon Andrew O’Brien (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

Homeless men, women and children living rough in Brisbane’s north could soon be making friends with a new team of volunteers from Catholic charity Rosies. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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A Plenary Council 2020 candle in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta (Parramatta Diocese)

The invitation of the Plenary Council 2020 to all Australians is an invitation to listen, writes Richard McMahon. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Police believe the collapse was due to lightning and a violent cloudburst (SBS News)

A bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa which killed at least 30 people has “bloodied” the summer holidays, according to the head of the country’s bishops’ conference. Source: Crux.

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The closures have forced the suspension of Masses and priestly ordinations (CNS/Noor Khamis, Reuters)

The Rwandan Catholic bishops’ conference urged the country’s government to preserve religious rights after officials closed thousands of churches and mosques. Source: NCR Online.

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Australian Catholic Youth Council workshop attendees (ACBC)

The hopes and concerns of young Catholics were given a voice at an Australian Catholic Youth Council workshop in Sydney yesterday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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The Royal Commission recommended mandatory reporting of abuse revealed in the confessional (CNS/Paul Haring)

Priests would be forced to report child sexual abuse revealed in confession if the Coalition wins Victoria’s state election, the Opposition’s most senior Catholic MP has announced. Source: ABC News.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has avoided jail following his conviction for covering up child sexual abuse by a pedophile priest in the New South Wales Hunter region. Source: The Guardian.

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Victoria legalised euthanasia late last year (Bigstock)

A private member's bill that would clear the way for assisted suicide to be legalised in the ACT and the Northern Territory looks set to gain a majority vote. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pope Francis and Andrea Bocelli at the World Meeting of Families in Philladelphia, 2015 (Vatican Media)

Internationally renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing for Pope Francis and for thousands of families attending the World Meeting of Families in Ireland next week. Source: Vatican News.

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Anne Lastman (VOA)

A Catholic trauma counsellor has warned of serious long-term psychological impacts on Queensland women if the state’s MPs back a draft bill to legalise abortion. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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