An injured demonstrator is assisted during a violent protest in Caracas, Venezuela on April 30 (CNS)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his government may be guilty of crimes against humanity, a new report from Amnesty International said. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Jews and Catholics share a kosher meal at the annual dinner (Melbourne Catholic)

Religious freedom and friendship were recurrent themes at the 15th annual Jewish and Catholic Friendship Dinner in Melbourne on Sunday. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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A file photo of a Mass in Kaya, Burkina Faso, near where the attack took place (Vatican News/Seasame Pictures)

Four people were killed Sunday at a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso in the latest in a series of attacks on Christian targets in the region, according to a local bishop and a security source. Source: Yahoo7 News.

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A mural at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has urged society to drop scepticism and prejudice towards migrants and newcomers, calling the attitudes racist. Source: Crux.

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EREA students light candles at the ceremony yesterday (EREA)

Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) marked the beginning of Reconciliation Week by launching its new Reconciliation Action Plan in Melbourne yesterday.

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A detail of ‘The Mother of Divine Wisdom, St Joseph and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’ triptych by Chiara Perinetti Casoni (ACU)

The first full-size altarpiece created in the Medieval Italian Sienese style in at least 400 years will be permanently displayed at the Australian Catholic University’s Sydney campus.

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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Melbourne County Court on February 27 (CNS/Daniel Pockett, AAP via Reuters)

Cardinal George Pell will not seek a reduced sentence if the Court of Appeal upholds his conviction for sexually abusing two Melbourne choirboys in the 1990s. Source: ABC News.

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Pope Francis and Māori King His Majesty Kiingi Tuheita Pōtatau Te Wherowhero (Supplied)

Pope Francis has been invited to visit New Zealand by the Māori King, who attended a private audience with the Pope at the Vatican this weekend. Source: Radio New Zealand.

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Dan Tehan (DanTehan website)

The National Catholic Education Commission yesterday welcomed the reappointment of Dan Tehan as Education Minister, saying it provides stability and enables better progress on important issues.

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The Church views confession as an act of worship between the penitent and God (CNS/Gregory Shemitz)

Laws forcing priests to report child sexual abuse if they hear about it during Confession are unworkable, unenforceable and have no public policy value, writes Nathan Hondros. Source: WAtoday.

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Pope Francis greets conference participants at the Vatican on Saturday (Vatican Media)

Abortion is never the answer to difficult prenatal diagnoses and selective abortion of babies with disabilities is the “expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality”, Pope Francis said on Saturday. Source: CNA.

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The EPA surveillance footage showed people stealing from charity donations (EPA SA/Adelaide Now)

Undercover surveillance by South Australia's environmental watchdog reveals the extent of “deliberate and calculated” after-hours scavenging of donated goods left outside charity stores. Source: The Advertiser.

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Indigenous Australians are over-represented in the criminal justice system (Bigstock)

The re-elected Morrison Government must make it a priority to act on the continued overrepresentation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system, says Jesuit Social Services.

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Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has appointed the first women consultors to the secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, which under his pontificate has become a crucial vehicle for setting the Church's pastoral agenda. Source: The Tablet.

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The referendum result saw 82 per cent of voters cast a vote to reduce the waiting period for divorce from four to two years (Bigstock)

Ireland voted by an overwhelming majority to relax its constitutional restriction on divorce, the latest in a series of reforms in the once devout Catholic nation. Source: SBS News.

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WA doctors say euthanasia laws would pose a huge ethical problem for medical professionals (Bigstock)

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is facing fresh pressure over his Government’s planned euthanasia laws, with the state’s top palliative care experts uniting to vow to their patients: we will not kill you. Source: The West Australian.

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New national curriculum standards boss David de Carvalho (Twitter)

Australia’s new schooling boss has promised to inject some common sense and pragmatism into the polarising debate about the direction of education. Source: The Australian.

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Despite the prevalence of the practice, prosecution is extremely difficult (AFP website)

Federal police are deploying officers to Victorian schools to save children that are victims of forced marriage. Source: The Herald-Sun.

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