Tassie Strafkos and project officer Danielle Lipscombe are working with Tasmanian parishes to implement Safe Communities (Hobart Catholic/Naomi Leach)

A program designed to uphold the safety of children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the Church in Tasmania is being rolled out in parishes. Source: Hobart Catholic.

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Mark Fowler (Fowler Charity Law)

The Australian Parliament is about to embark on what could be the most significant raft of reforms affecting religious freedom this country has seen, writes University of Notre Dame’s Mark Fowler. Source: The Australian.

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Fr Jacques Hamel (CNS/Paroisse Saint-Etienne via EPA copy)

On the third anniversary of the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel by Islamist terrorists, some French clergy and politicians are striving to promote his legacy of dialogue and peace. Source: Crux.

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

A proud Cuban who pressed for greater freedom for the Church and for an end to the US embargo on his homeland, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino died on Friday, aged 82. Source: CNS.

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Migrants rescued by Libyan coast guard after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya (Vatican News)

Pope Francis made an appeal to the international community to act decisively to ensure the safety and dignity of migrants, as up to 150 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. Source: CNA.

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Slavery survivor Vanaak Anan Prum  (Sydney Archdiocese)

Executives from more than 40 Catholic institutions and agencies will meet in Sydney tomorrow for a world-first conference on eradicating modern slavery from Catholic supply chains. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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Sr Joan Chittister (JoanChittister.org)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli says he neither invited nor revoked any invitation to US Benedictine Sr Joan Chittister to speak at a national education conference next year. Source: The Age.

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Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ asked South Australians to pray for an outcome that respects the sacredness of life (Bigstock)

Catholics are being asked to pray for the protection of the unborn as South Australia's Law Reform Institute prepares to publish its report on changes to current abortion law and medical practice. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The report documents the first phase of the Plenary Council process (ACBC)

The National Centre for Pastoral Research has published the final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council, capturing the voices of more than 222,000 people. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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A scene from Forgotten (Catholic Outlook/Mim Maree Photography)

An original play about young women who faced adversity and systematic oppression in the Parramatta Female Factory features students from a Catholic performing arts program. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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The inquiry will also examine the structural causes of long-term unemployment (ABC News/Michael Janda)

The rate of Newstart will be probed by the Parliament after the Senate passed a motion for a wide-ranging review into setting the level of the payment. Source: The Australian.

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William Barr (CNS/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)

The United States Justice Department announcement that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment. Source: NCR Online.

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A Personal Advocacy Service friend presents the offertory gifts to Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB (The eRecord/Jamie O’Brien)

“Joy” was the word used by both priests and laypeople when describing a Mass held for the Archdiocese of Perth’s Personal Advocacy Service for people with intellectual disability, their volunteers and families. Source: The eRecord.

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Emma Thompson in Late Night (IMDB/Sundance Institute)

Late Night tells the story of a female host of a late-night talk show that is about to be axed and who joins forces with a new writer to save her professional career. Source: ACOFB.

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The CathNews survey takes about five minutes to complete (Bigstock)

Have you taken the CathNews subscriber survey? We are seeking your feedback on our daily news aggregation service.

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Workers at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, last week (CNS/Stephane de Sakutin, pool via Reuters)

Work to shore up the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was halted yesterday to stop workers being exposed to hazardous levels of lead. Source: Yahoo7News.

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Cristiane Murray (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday appointed Vatican Radio journalist Cristiane Murray as vice-director of the Holy See Press Office. Source: CNA.

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Fr Malcolm Fyfe MSC (MSC)

Darwin Diocese has made a bold call for an amnesty for the roughly 800 detainees on Nauru and Manus Island in a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and all federal parliamentarians. Source: Eternity News.

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