A funeral after a bomb attack in Tanta, Egypt, last month (CNS photo/Mohamed Hossam, EPA)

The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to escalate attacks against Christians, Associated Press/Crux reports.

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 La Sagrada Família (Wikipedia/Montse Poch)

Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família has more than 109,000 reviews - and counting – on TripAdvisor, reports News.com.au.

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A 2014 protest against euthanasia in Brussels, Belgium (CNS/Julien Warnand)

The Vatican is investigating the decision of a group of psychiatric care centres run by a Belgian religious order to allow doctors to perform euthanasia of “non-terminal” mentally ill patients, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Professor Neil Ormerod Dr Gerald Arbuckle at the launch (BBI-TAITE)

A book which is expected to help shape the direction of Catholic schools was launched in Sydney last week, reports BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education.

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The Pontiff will make a cameo appearance in Beyond the Sun (AMBI Group)

Pope Francis appears in a feature film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this month, the British Telegraph reports.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC)

Catholic schools want a fair Gonksi deal, not special treatment, writes Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP in the Australian Financial Review.

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Francis Sullivan (TJHC)

Francis Sullivan's mission is to ensure the Church atones for its sins, reports The Weekend Australian.

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Slavery is unjust and harms dignity (Bigstock)

Australia’s national policy should be directed to eradicating human trafficking by 2030, Bishop Terry Brady told a parliamentary inquiry on Friday, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Msgr Harry Entwistle (Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross)

An appeal for prayers for vocations and financial support was issued yesterday by Msgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, in a pastoral letter to the faithful.

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Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuân in Rome in 2001 (CNS)

Vietnamese Cardinal François-Xavier Van Thuán is one step away from beatification, Catholic Herald reports.

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A screenshot from the latest Pope Video (The Pope Video)

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is dedicated to Christians in Africa, Vatican Radio reports.

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High Court challenges have been unsuccessful (Pixabay)

The Keating government introduced mandatory detention for asylum-seekers as an "interim measure" 25 years ago today, writes Kerry Murphy in Eureka Street.

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Chris Pratt as Star-Lord (Walt Disney Studios)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a Marvel Studios product through and through.

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The 1931 Vatican Radio launch (Vatican Radio)

Digital media must become a primary platform for the Vatican's various media channels to spread the Gospel, Pope Francis said yesterday, CNA reports.

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The 2016 Memorial Mass for the Unborn (Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

As the NSW parliament prepared to debate two abortion bills, a pro-life petition gathered momentum, writes Monica Doubt in The Catholic Weekly.

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Andrew Wallace (andrewwallacemp.com.au)

Liberal MP Andrew Wallace made a failed attempt at becoming a priest, ran his own business as a carpenter and worked as a barrister before entering federal politics, reports ABC News.

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Funding cuts could slow Catholic education growth (CEM)

Catholic schools fear a $100 million blow to their federal funding under the Turnbull government’s education reforms, raising the spectre of a “funding cliff” in four years, The Australian reports.

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Ice addiction affects people from all walks of life (Pexels)

The drug ice has taken such a grip in Queensland that there is a huge demand for crisis intervention, treatment and support for the families of users, and the effects are being felt in parishes, The Catholic Leader reports.

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