Special religious education is an opt-in program offered to NSW students for only 30 minutes a week (Bigstock)

There is much misinformation about special religious education in New South Wales government schools, writes Christian SRE chief executive Murray Norman. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pope Francis urged hairdressers to avoid giving in to the temptation of gossip (Bigstock)

Christian hairdressers, beauticians and barbers can live their faith by being kind and courteous to their clients and cutting out the gossip and petty chitchat, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.

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Rita Shepherd (second from left) with her family at Government House after the Australia Day Honours awards presentation (The Southern Cross)

When Rita Shepherd decided in 2008 to take a group of students from Adelaide's St Dominic’s Priory College to an orphanage in India to “broaden their perspective”, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Source: The Southern Cross.

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A candlelight vigil is held in San Diego for victims of the synagogue shooting (CNS/John Gastaldo, Reuters)

United States bishops were quick to condemn the April 27 attack on a Jewish community gathered at a synagogue near San Diego, which left one person dead and three others injured. Source: CNS.

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Leah Sharibu (Supplied)

Catholic bishops have appealed to the Nigerian Government to expedite actions that will lead to the release of girls held captive by Boko Haram insurgents. Source: The Tablet.

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The Anglicare report found a shortage of affordable housing was causing record levels of rental stress (Bigstock)

Housing in Australia has been declared “broken” by an advocacy group that found 98 per cent of rental properties are unaffordable to minimum wage workers. Source: News.com.au.

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Queenslanders in regional and remote centres often lack direct access to specialist palliative care (Bigstock)

In a damning submission to the Queensland Government, doctors claim many terminally ill patients die before they receive access to palliative care. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Chris Ledwich carves a Paschal candle (The Catholic Leader)

When former Brisbane seminarian Chris Ledwich fell ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a third time, a new vocation was in order – handcrafted Paschal candles. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Fr Basil Rohan Fernando with people injured in the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka (Missio UK)

The international Pontifical Mission Societies has called upon its agency in Australia, Catholic Mission, to support recovery efforts in Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

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The number of people who do not identify with any religion is a growing trend in the US (Bigstock)

Americans who do not identify with any religion are now as big a part of the country’s population as Catholics and evangelical Christians, according to a new survey. Source: Our Sunday Visitor.

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The candlelight vigil outside St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Friday (Twitter/SachiniDias2)

An Australian appeal has been established to support the Catholic community in Sri Lanka, still reeling from the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 253 people and wounded hundreds. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Connecting with others on social media may not as be as deep as face to face communications  (Bigstock)

Lower attendance at traditional gatherings like church could be linked to increased levels of loneliness and depression among Australians, a Catholic Brisbane psychologist said. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Central American asylum-seekers at a Church-run shelter in Tijuana, Mexico (CNS/Andres Martinez Casares, Reuters)

Pope Francis has donated $710,000 (US$500,000) to assist Central American migrants in Mexico, the Vatican has announced. Source: Vatican News.

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Concept design for the Centacare Evolve Housing homes in Bridgewater, Tasmania (Holmes Dyer)

A large block of land north of Hobart will be converted into a new housing estate to help alleviate the strains of Tasmania’s housing crisis. Source: The Mercury.

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Increasing numbers of teachers being bullied by parents, according to 60 Minutes (Bigstock)

Education professionals have revealed the abuse they claim to have received at the hands of parents, putting the physical and emotional safety of Australian teachers at risk. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday (Vatican Media/CNA)

Pope Francis marked Divine Mercy Sunday by reflecting on Christ’s wounds, which he said contain the difficulties and persecutions endured by people who suffer today. Source: CNA.

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WA religious leaders for action on climate change (The Record/supplied)

West Australian faith leaders have called for stronger, co-ordinated action on climate change from both federal and state governments, as well as Australian industry and the community. Source: The Record.

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Attendees at the Philippines National Youth Day festival performing a dance routine (UCANews/Elmarc Lim)

At least 15,000 young Catholics have attended the National Youth Day celebrations in the central Philippine province of Cebu as the nation gears up to mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity. Source: UCANews.

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