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James Merlino (Facebook/James Merlino)

Victoria's Deputy Premier, James Merlino, and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, David Hodgett, are joining forces against proposed voluntary euthanasia laws, to put “balance into the debate”, the Herald Sun reports.

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The search for survivors in Regent, Sierra Leone (CNS/Ernest Henry, Reuters)

Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of the Sierra Leone mudslide that has left hundreds dead and 600 missing, CNA reports.

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The same-sex marriage debate will be intense (Bigstock)

The same-sex marriage postal plebiscite will be as intense as most referendum and election campaigns, writes John Warhurst on Eureka Street.

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Bishops Robert McGuckin and Vincent Long serve the homeless (CNS/NZBC)

Church leaders from Oceania, meeting in New Zealand to discuss protecting the oceans, also served meals to the homeless and met with Pacific Islander high school students, CNS reports.

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Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò (CNS/Paul Haring)

The head of the Vatican’s main communications office says a new Vatican internet portal should be launched later this year, Crux reports.

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Russell Broadbent has urged the government to resolve the issue (Twitter/@ASRC1)

Liberal backbencher Russell Broadbent has called on the government to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island once the deal with US runs its course, Sky News reports.

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Natalie Acton (far right) with Mount St Benedict Centre staff (The Good Oil)

The first lay director of Good Samaritan retreat centre is brimming with hope and enthusiasm for the centre and its ministry, The Good Oil reports.

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200th anniversary celebrations at Parramatta (Marist Brothers)

The Marist Brothers Province of Australia held celebrations last weekend to mark the bicentenary of their foundation by St Marcellin Champagnat, the order reports.

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Companies will need to file an annual modern slavery report (Pexels)

Large companies operating in Australia will be forced to publicly detail every year what they are doing to combat modern slavery, under a new proposal from the federal government, The Guardian reports.

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Tree was more than 200 years old (Twitter)

A huge tree has crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, killing 12 people and injuring 52 others, The Australian reports.

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The Assumption of Mary, Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome ceiling (Livioandronico)

In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world, CNS reports.

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Workshop will discuss the environment, social justice and ethical issues (Bigstock)

The Vatican will host a workshop in November to discuss the relationship between climate change, pollution and people, Zenit reports.

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Victim-offender conferencing has been introduced in the NT (Bigstock)

A new Jesuit program in Darwin sees young offenders meet with the victims of their crimes as an alternative to being jailed, ABC News reports.

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Archbishop Denis Hart (ACBC)

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said he would risk going to jail rather than report allegations of child sexual abuse raised during confession, The Guardian reports.

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Gerald Ridsdale (Royal commission screenshot)

A young girl was woken from her bed and driven by her father to be left with paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale who then sexually abused her, a court has heard, The Age reports.

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Debate has become a harsh slanging match (Bigstock)

For most of us, the assisted dying debate is not black and white, writes John Watkins in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Crisis Centre manager Penny Ogden, Nick Reade and Cathy Beaton (Vinnies SA)

A new centre that will provide emergency accommodation uniquely tailored to women in crisis will open in Adelaide’s inner-northern suburbs next month, The Southern Cross reports.

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Fr Ignacio Gutierrez with Sergio Duran (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

Latin American students living in Brisbane can’t afford to buy food because employers are underpaying them, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Notre Dame University

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