Priests can be excommunicated for breaking the seal of confession (CNS/Bob Roller)

New laws that will force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse are not in breach of the ACT’s human right laws, the ACT’s Human Rights Commissioner says. Source: Canberra Times.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull  (Facebook/Malcolm Turnbull)

Malcolm Turnbull has said churches and religious groups are free to voice opinions on political issues, including education. Source: The Australian.

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People pray in front of police blocking the entrance to a Managua church on Saturday (CNS/Oswaldo Rivas)

As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the country's bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. Source: CNS.

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A parliamentary inquiry will look at why so many are trapped in the system (Eureka Street)

The number of Victorians stuck on long-term welfare has soared by more than 35,000 in five years. Source: Herald Sun.

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Jade Hameister at the conference (CNS)

Polar explorer Jade Hameister has told a Vatican conference that the world faces “an extinction event of our own making”. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk (second from left) with ministers at the announcement yesterday (Twitter/AnnastaciaMP)

Labor will move to decriminalise abortion in Queensland and introduce “safe access zones” of 150 metres around clinics. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Sarajevo, where the conference will take place (Wikimedia/Tumi)

Nearly 500 moral theologians and ethicists will gather later this month for a first-of-its-kind meeting focused on how to respond to the shifting global geopolitical environment and address contentious issues such as migration. Source: NCR Online.

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The proposed school would be established at the St Peter’s, Linton, presbytery (Heritage Council)

Two small towns could soon become hubs for independent Catholic education in western Victoria after a planning application was lodged with the Golden Plains Shire. Source: The Courier.

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A room at the Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre (The Southern Cross)

A women’s crisis centre in Adelaide run by the St Vincent de Paul Society is one of 11 recipients of funding through a new grant scheme. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The opening scene of the Listen video clip (Plenary Council 2020)

Hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane for the 2018 Proclaim Conference witnessed the first screening of a new music video for the Plenary Council 2020. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Priests say the sacramental seal is inviolable (CNS)

Clergy advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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A child migrant is transported to a US Government shelter in Brownback, Texas (CNS/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

Some of the migrant children under age five separated from their families by the US government were reunited with loved ones last week with help from Catholic organisations. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address yesterday (Vatican News/ANSA)

By virtue of their Baptism, every Catholic is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ – a mission which cannot be separated from the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said. Source: CNA.

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Michaelia Cash (SBS News screenshot)

Catholic leaders have called for a social policy expert to be appointed to a panel advising the Fair Work Commission, to better address poverty and disadvantage in the community. Source: Australian Financial Review.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Archbishop Philip Wilson has gone from Church leader with a reputation for dealing professionally with sexual abuse cases to being stoned in the national village square, writes Alan Atkinson. Source: Eureka Street.

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Stephen Elder (Catholic Education Melbourne)

Australia’s charity regulator has threatened Catholic Education Melbourne chief Stephen Elder with jail for campaigning against the Government’s schools funding policy. Source: The Weekend Australian.

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The Don’t Mess With Marriage booklet (ACBC)

Senator Matt Canavan says religious freedom remains an issue eight months after the same-sex marriage postal vote. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ (CNS/Fr B Reynolds)

Preparations to launch the sainthood cause of former Jesuit Superior General Fr Pedro Arrupe have begun. Source: Catholic Herald.

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