Cardinal Peter Turkson (Vatican Media)

Christians have the teachings and the responsibility to address growing fear of and discrimination against immigrants and refugees, said speakers opening a Vatican-sponsored conference. Source: Crux.

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Bono (right) and Jose Maria del Corral at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, yesterday called Pope Francis an “extraordinary man for extraordinary times” in a press conference at the Vatican. Source: CNS.

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Fr David Ranson, Robert Fitzgerald and Jodie Crisafulli at the launch (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Diocese officially launched its new Diocesan Office for Safeguarding last night, following an extensive review of its safeguarding structures. Source: Broken Bay News.

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Pope Francis at the general audience yesterday (Vatican Media)

Many saints have demonstrated that despite a difficult childhood, hope can still be found in Christ and the mission received from him, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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James Merlino and Stephen Elder (Wikipedia and CEM)

Catholic schools have accused the Victorian Government of “starving” them of money for new buildings and upgrades as the non-government sector fights for funding ahead of the state election. Source: The Age.

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Mark and Sarah Stoove were flag bearers for Australia at the gathering’s opening ceremony (Catholic Voice/Supplied)

The recent 12th international gathering of Teams of Our Lady was a deeply moving experience for five Canberra couples. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Philip Ruddock (left) and Nick McKim (Twitter/Australian Greens)

The Senate has ordered the Morrison Government to release a review of religious freedom led by former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock. Source: SBS News.

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Cardinal Edwin OBrien meets Brisbane seminarians (The Catholic Leader)

Visiting US Cardinal Edwin O'Brien says we shouldn't sell our priests short when it comes to maintaining vows of celibacy. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sr Grace Marcelo SGS meets Pope Francis (The Good Oil)

Two Sisters of the Good Samaritan had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week while attending a worldwide gathering of Benedictine sisters and nuns in Rome. Source: The Good Oil.

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Lack of skilled and caring aged care workers has been raised as a concern (Bigstock)

Staffing needs in aged care homes have dominated early discussions as the federal Government thrashes out the scope of its royal commission into the sector. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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Pope Francis and bishops at the the 2015 Synod on the family (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has announced new rules to bolster the contribution of lay people in the Synod of Bishops process so it can become a “privileged instrument of listening to the People of God.” Source: The Tablet.

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The schools funding deal is expected to provide assistance to the Catholic and independent sectors (Bigstock)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is promising to pump at least $4 billion into schools funding under a complex new deal to appease Catholic and low-fee independent schools. Source: The Australian.

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St Junipero Serra (right) depicted in a Los Angeles cathedral mural (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

California’s Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him. Source: Crux.

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Bill Hayden and Sr Angela Mary Doyle on the day of his baptism (The Catholic Leader/Alan Edgecomb)

At the age of 85, and after a lifetime as a declared atheist, former Labor leader and governor-general Bill Hayden has been baptised as a Catholic. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Bishop Mark Edwards addresses the Walk of Witness crowd at St Patrick’s Cathedral (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards OMI led 400 people through the city for a “Walk of Witness” before the archdiocesan launch of the 2018-19 Social Justice Statement, A Place to Call Home. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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A scene from the foster carer video (Catholic Care Hunter Manning)

A Catholic social services agency has launched two short films aimed at debunking misconceptions and reinforcing the importance of foster care in the community. Source: MNnews.today.

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The study identified teens are interested in different ways of being spiritual (Bigstock)

A new study has shown Australian teenagers have complex views on religion and spirituality, write researchers Andrew Singleton, Anna Halafoff, Gary D Bouma and Mary Lou Rasmussen. Source: The Conversation.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sky News on Monday (Sky News)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will enact “preventative regulation and legislation” to shield freedom of religion from future enemies, giving a hint about his government’s intentions regarding religious freedom laws. Source: The Age.

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