British voters elected to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum (CNS/Neil Hall, Reuters)

As the British Government frantically continues to try to avoid a no-deal Brexit on March 29, the Church has been cautious about commenting on the country leaving the European Union, writes Charles Collins. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Sheik Ahmad el-Tayebat an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has urged faith leaders to refuse any approval of war, to find “paths of peace” and for Christian minorities to be given rights of citizenship in the Muslim world. Source: The Tablet.

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Scott Morrison and Kerryn Phelps (ABC News and Kerryn Phelps)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged to set up an independent medical review panel to vet medical transfers of asylum-seekers from offshore detention. Source: The Guardian.

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Sr Maureen Andrews (left) delivers a drought assistance pack (ACBC)

While monsoon conditions brought flooding rains to North Queensland, inland farming communities in New South Wales and southwest Queensland are still praying for an end to the long-running drought. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Streets throughout Townsville are flooded (Towsville Diocese)

After years of failed wet seasons and living under the mythical rain-free “dome”, Townsville has experienced a catastrophic rain event over the past eight days. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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St Josephine Bakhita is patron saint of victims of slavery and Sudan (Supplied)

The Sydney Archdiocese will host a seminar and expo this Friday to help companies and religious organisations understand their obligations under new federal and state legislation to combat slavery and human trafficking.

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The Cancierge app has been designed by Calvary Mater Newcastle patients, carers and staff (MNnews.Today)

Calvary Mater Newcastle has unveiled a new app to give patients and their family a “roadmap” to follow after a cancer diagnosis. Source: MNnews.today.

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American pilgrim Ricky Peterson prays at the tomb of St Mary MacKillop in North Sydney (CNS/Giovanni Portelli/The Catholic Weekly)

Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, is attracting so many visitors to her final resting place at North Sydney it has caused a problem for those in charge. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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The bomb-damaged Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo (CNS/Philippines Armed Forces via Reuters)

Bags, knapsacks, backpacks and boxes will not be allowed inside churches and chapels in Davao Archdiocese in the southern Philippines following the deadly bombing of a cathedral last month. Source: ucanews.com.

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Asylum-seeker children in detention on Nauru last year (World Vision)

No more asylum-seeker children will be held on Nauru with the final four preparing to fly to the US with their families for resettlement. Source: The Guardian.

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Pope Francis with Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has landed in Abu Dhabi on the first ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, where he is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations. Source: The West Australian.

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Members of Italy’s Pro-Life Movement applaud Pope Francis (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has appealed to politicians to defend the lives of unborn babies as the cornerstone of promoting the common good. Source: Vatican News.

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Jim Couper and Salem Haddad (ACBC)

Two men recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honours for their work to support the Church see their awards as reflecting the efforts of many, not just themselves. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Plenary Council listening and dialogue sessions have been held across Australia (Bigstock)

The Church in Melbourne has invited “all LGBTIQA+ Catholics, Christians and the broader LGBTIQA+ community, family, friends and supporters” to a “safe and inclusive” Plenary Council conversation this week. Source: The Australian.

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Fr Mick Kelly SJ (ucanews.com)

Australian Jesuit and Catholic media stalwart Fr Mick Kelly is helping refugees from Pakistan who have fled to Thailand to escape religious persecution. Source: Canberra Times

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Children from St Joseph’s, Masaka, in traditional dress welcome visitors from Australia (The Catholic Leader)

Vulnerable children in Uganda are benefitting from Queenslanders’ discarded drink bottles and cans. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Australian pilgrims at World Youth Day in Panama (Parramatta Diocese/Adrian Middeldorp)

It’s official: Religious people are happier and more engaged in their community, according to a new Pew Research Centre report. Source: Eternity News.

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Demerit points are issued to welfare recipients for missing or turning up late to appointments (ABC News/Michael Janda)

Nearly 20,000 people considered homeless or at risk of losing their accommodation were handed at least one “demerit point” in the first three months of the Government’s welfare compliance regime. Source: The Guardian.

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St John Bosco depicted in a mural in Turin, Italy (CNS/Paul Haring)

A priest must be able to see the people around him as his children, as brothers and sisters, and must be willing to risk everything for them out of love, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.

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