Fr Fabio Baggio (left) and Bishop Vincent Long at the colloquium in Brisbane last night (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. has praised the contribution of refugees and migrants to Australia during a seminar opening a three-day conference in Brisbane on missionary clergy and religious. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Pope Francis meets President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique at the Vatican, September 2018 (CNS/Alberto Pizzoli, pool via Reuters)

Pope Francis is preparing to make his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa next month, and it appears that it could be one of the most politically delicate among his previous 30 trips abroad. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope Francis with scouts on Saturday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis urged scouts to give of themselves to others by building, serving and caring for others, saying it will free them from within and enrich the world. Source: Vatican News.

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Pro-lifers hold hold a vigil outside NSW Parliament (Facebook/Right to Life NSW)

Senior New South Wales Government ministers, including Attorney-General Mark Speakman, remain undecided over a bill to decriminalise abortion in the state, as MPs prepare to debate the reforms today. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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This Catholic Life is a weekly, one-hour podcast (This Catholic Life)

A new Australian podcast about “ordinary Catholics” promises to bring a faith-based perspective to current issues. Source: University of Notre Dame Australia.

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The students now have a play break after every hour spent in the classroom (Bigstock)

Two Sydney Catholic schools have doubled their play breaks from two to four in an effort to boost concentration in class – and it’s working. Source: Nine Media.

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Toby oConnor (St Vincent de Paul Society)

The St Vincent de Paul Society has renewed calls for a long-term national strategy to address the chronic shortage of secure, affordable housing for low-income Australians.

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Roger Cook and Nick Goiran (Wikimedia/Gnangarra and Facebook/Nick Goiran)

Proposed laws to legalise euthanasia in Western Australia could be revealed as early as this week by the McGowan Government, but the fast pace at which they have been written is already attracting criticism. Source: WA Today.

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A vigil in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday following the deadly shooting (CNS/Bryan Woolston, Reuters)

United States bishops are calling for prayer and action in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend. Source: CNA.

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Derek Boylen watches as Bishop Don Sproxton blesses the new Centre for Life Marriage and Family office (The eRecord/Feby Plando)

Encountering and walking with people along their journey of life and providing valuable formation as advocates for life is the mission of Perth Archdiocese’s newly launched Centre for Life, Marriage and Family. Source The eRecord.

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The men were ordained at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney (Wikimedia/John Armagh)

Seven men were ordained priests at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Saturday – the Sydney Archdiocese’s largest ordination since 2012. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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The letter is intended to be an encouragement for priests (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has written a letter of encouragement to more than 400,000 Catholic priests worldwide to boost their morale, which has suffered because of the sexual abuse crisis. Source: America Magazine.

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A vigil near the US-Mexico border following the Walmart shooting in Texas on Saturday (CNS/Carlos Sanchez, Reuters)

Hours after two mass shootings left a total of at least 29 people dead in the United States, Pope Francis yesterday voiced his “spiritual closeness” to victims and their families. Source: Crux.

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The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was severely damaged in the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch (CNS/David Wethey, NZPA)

The historic Catholic cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, will be demolished after the earthquake-damaged building was deemed too expensive to repair. Source: Stuff.co.nz.

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Josiah Folau in 2016 (Facebook/St Gregory’s Old Boys)

The reported dismissal of Israel Folau’s cousin from a Catholic school was legally valid because public comments he made attacking the Church were incompatible with the purpose of his job, say religious leaders. Source: The Weekend Australian.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin with St John’s School Roma students and Roma parish priest Fr Jamie Collins (Toowoomba Diocese)

The great diversity of Queensland’s 306 Catholic schools was in the spotlight last week for Queensland’s annual Catholic Education Week celebrations.

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Prison chaplain Br Martyn Paxton (The Southern Cross)

The Morrison Government’s treatment of prisoners who successfully rehabilitate while in jail has come under question, with claims that some are being subjected to a "second sentence" through deportation. Source: The Southern Cross.

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GK Chesterton (CNA/Public domain)

The sainthood cause for writer and Catholic convert Gilbert Keith Chesterton will not be opened, says the Bishop of Northampton. Source: Catholic Herald.

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