The Christian think tank Freedom for Faith says the federal religious discrimination act “is not a major reform” (Bigstock)

Christian ministers have been given a legal briefing on the planned overhaul of religious freedom that says it will not address the “precarious” state of freedom of speech on matters of faith and conscience. Source: The Australian.

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An artist’s impression of Macarthur Memorial Park (CMCT)

A Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust proposal to build a 136,000-plot cemetery has been approved by the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission in a bid to address Sydney’s urgent need for burial space. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in February (CNS/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters)

The Catholic bishops of Haiti have announced a year of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration for the country, which continues to face heightened tensions and instability amid calls for President Jovenel Moise to resign. Source: CNA.

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Brisbane Plenary Council co-ordinator Eric Robinson (left) with Peter Pellicaan, Melissa Fenech, Sr Kari Hatherall and Troy Tornabene (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

Brisbane Assembly, an archdiocesan Plenary Council 2020 event, is expected to unite more than 600 Catholics across two days of communal discernment this October. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Josh Frydenberg (left) and Jim Chalmers (Wikimedia/Julian Meehan and ABC News)

Labor is urging the Coalition to boost the Newstart payment after the Government bowed to public pressure to lift the income of almost 700,000 aged pensioners by changing the deeming rate. Source: The Guardian.

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WA Health Minister Roger Cook (Wikimedia/Gnangarra)

Regardless of the outcome of the state's euthanasia bill, Health Minister Roger Cook said he wants all West Australians to be able to access quality palliative care. Source: The West Australian.

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Community elder Gary Williams (left) and Br Steve Morelli CFC (Supplied)

Preserving and promoting the languages of Australia’s First Peoples has been at the heart of the ministry of Br Steve Morelli CFC. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Fr Rob Galea performing in Melbourne on Sunday (Melbourne Catholic)

Singing Sandhurst Diocese priest Fr Rob Galea’s “Coming Home” tour kicked off in Melbourne on Sunday, treating concertgoers to an uplifting and prayerful music experience. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Archbishop Azuaje Ayala (Vatican Media)

As Pope Francis appealed for political dialogue in Venezuela, the head of the country’s episcopal conference decried the “illegitimate regime” of Nicolas Maduro, whose misrule has left six million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Source: Vatican News.

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Catholic students protest the war on drugs in Manila, July 2017 (CNS/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to set up an investigation into killings in the Philippines that have been linked to the government’s war on drugs. Source: ucanews.com.

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Teeshan Johnson (The Catholic Leader)

Liberal National Party politicians have been urged to wind back Queensland’s abortion laws if they win the next state election. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Fr Gerard Timoner OP (Facebook/Vatican News)

The Dominicans have elected Fr Gerard Timoner from the Philippines to be the first Asian leader in their 800-year history. Source: The Tablet.

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Catholic Education Western Australia’s ViSN program offers digital learning at a lower cost for students (Supplied)

An innovative, award-winning online learning program launched by Catholic Education Western Australia is providing students with an alternative to traditional in-classroom learning. Source: The eRecord.

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The annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Adelaide, July 7 (The Southern Cross/Ben Macmahon)

Human rights lawyer Fr Frank Brennan has urged Australians to have faith in Indigenous parliamentarians to find the right words for a referendum on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis during the Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart and not the sins of others. Source: CNA.

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Fr Avinash George (ABC Gippsland/Rachael Lucas)

In rural communities across Australia, dedicated multi-tasking ministers are working hard to keep their small congregations alive. Source: ABC News.

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Peter Hamill (Broken Bay Diocese)

The National Catholic Education Commission has appointed Broken Bay Diocese director of schools Peter Hamill to the role of deputy director.

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Tully sits on Teresa Rose’s lap during a visit with Sr Teresa Daly (Supplied)

For many people having a pet around the house is a normal part of life – which is why Tully, a two-year-old pooch, has proven so popular at two Mercy Health residential homes in Perth.

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