The redress scheme will offer survivors payments of up to $150,000 (Royal Commission website)

Recalcitrant states – rather than the churches – are looming as the biggest roadblock to the Commonwealth’s $4 billion sexual abuse redress scheme. Source: The Australian.

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The report measures efforts to stamp out worker exploitation (Bigstock)

Despite improvement in Australia's ethical rating for fashion, less than 10 per cent of the nation's fashion brands would score an A or A+. Source: SBS News.

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Sr Patricia Fox (Twitter/Pamalakaya Pilipinas)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he personally ordered an investigation into Our Lady of Sion Sister Patricia Fox with a view to deporting her for “disorderly conduct” and being an “undesirable alien”. Source: ABC News.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin (CNS/Paul Haring)

The World Meeting of Families this August must offer a “clear and positive vision for family”, rooted in the traditional understanding of marriage, but the Church also must not be marred by homophobia, says an Irish archbishop. Source: Crux.

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Tom Evans greets Pope Francis yesterday (Vatican Media)

Tom Evans, the father of Alfie, yesterday met with Pope Francis, begging for his help and pleading for ‘asylum’ in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanised in England. Source: CNS.

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Protestors in Bhopal, India on Monday (Ucanews.com/Saji Thomas)

Priests, religious and lay Catholics were among thousands of people who joined a candlelight march in India to express solidarity with the nationwide outrage over gang rape and murders, especially of minor girls. Source: Ucanews.com.

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The St Barbara statue mounted on the side of the roadheader machine (Anthony Milic)

St Barbara, the patron saint of miners and tunnellers, was invoked in the blessing of a massive roadheader machine that will be used to dig tunnels for the Sydney Metro Railway Project. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Bishop Tim Harris and Cardinal John Ribat with Port Moresby locals (Neil Helmore)

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has continued to strengthen the bond between North Queensland and Papua New Guinea during a visit last week to Port Moresby. Source: Townsville Bulletin.

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Executives at the CEO Sleepout launch in Canberra yesterday (Twitter/VinniesAust)

Thousands of business leaders will swap their warm beds for concrete when they experience a night on the streets at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout in June to raise money to battle homelessness. Source: News.com.au.

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A new commission will oversee aged care in Australia (Bigstock)

Australia’s aged care system is set to be overhauled to ensure the 1.3 million older Australians in aged care across the country are treated with dignity and respect. Source: Herald Sun.

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Pope Francis at Domus Sanctae Marthae, 2017 (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

The Church needs men and women who are capable not only of bearing prophetic witness to the truth, but who are also examples of hope, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Alfie Evans (Facebook/Alfie’s Army)

The parents of Alfie Evans are making an appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court in order to try and keep their son on life support. Source: Crux.

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Robert Richter QC (9news.com.au screenshot)

Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers want the “impossible” historical sexual offence case against him thrown out, arguing the allegations are potentially motivated by a desire to punish the Church. Source: The Australian.

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Sr Patricia Fox leaves the Bureau of Immigration yesterday (CBCP News)

Our Lady of Sion Sister Patricia Fox was released by the Philippine authorities yesterday after being held for 22 hours. Source: CBCP News.

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Participants at the course yesterday (Twitter/Sacerdosapra)

Up to 250 people from 50 countries, most of them priests, have arrived in Rome this week for an annual Vatican course on exorcism. Source: SBS News.

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Margaret Hatzis (The Catholic Leader)

A lifelong connection with St Mary MacKillop has inspired a Brisbane primary school teacher to record an album of songs about Australia’s first saint. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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An early pathology lab at St John of God Subiaco Hospital (Supplied)

St John of God Subiaco Hospital, founded by the Sisters of St John of God in April 1898, is this week celebrating its 120th anniversary.

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Women outside a UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (Vatican News)

Women’s voices must be integrated into all aspects of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and post-conflict operations, according to the Vatican's representative to the United Nations. Source: Vatican News.

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