Climate activists dressed as dinosaurs protest against proposals to build coal-fired power plants in the Philippines (ucanews.com/Jimmy Domingo)

Catholic bishops in the central Philippine region of Negros have attacked proposals to build coal-fired power plants in their areas. Source: ucanews.com.

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Cardinal Blase Cupich, left, and Archbishop Charles Scicluna (CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta are among those Pope Francis has appointed to organise next February’s meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences to discuss the sexual abuse crisis. Source: NCR.

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Penny Ogden, left, and Vinnies SA state president Cathy Beaton (Vinnies SA)

More than 760 homeless women and children — the bulk of whom were fleeing domestic violence — have been accommodated at the Vinnies Women's Crisis Centre in South Australia in its first 12 months. Source: The Advertiser.

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Pope Francis at the international meeting of choirs (CNA/Vatican Media)

Liturgical and sacred music can be a powerful instrument of evangelisation, because it gives people a glimpse of the beauty of heaven, Pope Francis told an international meeting of choirs at the weekend. Source: CNA.

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Bas Rutten (YouTube/Philadelphia Archdiocese)

A champion UFC fighter has described his journey to the Catholic faith in a video posted on YouTube. Source: Catholic Herald.

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MGL priests and brothers at their Convocation last week (Supplied)

The Missionaries of God’s Love priests and brothers have re-elected their founder, Fr Ken Barker, to guide them for another four years. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Soumi Gopalakrishnan with academic awards she won at St James College (ABC News/Leonie Mellor)

A top year 12 graduate of a Brisbane Catholic school who feared she would never get to attend university because of her asylum-seeker status has been inundated with offers of help and support. Source: ABC News.

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Parramatta social justice coordinator Sr Louise McKeogh FMA with competition winners Farida Zaheer, left, Lucrecia Carter and Jemma Abdilla (Parramatta Diocese)

Students gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta for the annual Bishop’s Social Justice Student Day, which this year focused on homelessness and housing insecurity. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Tasmania has already passed laws making it optional for parents to have a baby’s sex recorded on birth certificates (Bigstock)

The Perth Archdiocese has warned against a push to remove the gender of babies on birth certificates issued in Western Australia. Source: The West Australian.

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Soumi Gopalakrishnan, second from left, with her family at her graduation Mass in Brisbane (ABC News/Josephine Booth)

Asylum-seeker Soumi Gopalakrishnan dreams of becoming a doctor, but despite finishing top of her Brisbane Catholic school, she probably won’t be able to go to university next year. Source: ABC News.

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A screenshot from Pope Francis‘ video message for the Festival of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Vatican Media)

In a video message, Pope Francis invites Christians to work together to overcome obstacles to freedom, reflecting on the challenges presented by extreme poverty, technological domination and consumerism. Source: Vatican News.

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Italian army and police officers at the apostolic nunciature to Italy in Rome earlier this month (CNS/Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

Bones found at the Vatican embassy to Italy in October do not belong to two Italian girls who disappeared in the 1980s, according to local news reports. Source: Crux.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Queensland Bioethics Centre director David Kirchhoffer (ACBC/The Catholic Leader)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said he was not surprised the Queensland Government has announced a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man and The Gun (IMDB)

The Old Man and the Gun is an American crime-comedy, based loosely on the story of real-life criminal Forrest Tucker. Source: ACOFB.

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Sr Cecylia Maria Roszak (Twitter/Archdiocese of Krakow)

Believed to be the oldest nun in the world, a Polish Dominican sister who helped save the lives of Jews during World War II has died aged 110, the Archdiocese of Krakow has announced. Source: CNA.

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The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in Venice lit up in red to highlight persecuted Christians (Rome Reports)

More than 61 per cent of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not respected, according to a worldwide report released last night. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Parishoners at the reopening of St Mary Our Hope in Dover, Tasmania (Hobart Archdiocese)

The southernmost Catholic church in Australia is once more in operation following a Mass that marked the official reopening of St Mary Our Hope Church in Dover, Tasmania. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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NCEC acting executive director Ray Collins (MNnews.Today)

Analysis of school funding data reported yesterday gives a false impression that government schools attract less public funding than non-government schools, says the National Catholic Education Commission.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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