Ivo Poppe (Le Parisien)

A Catholic deacon has gone on trial in Belgium, accused of killing at least 10 people, including family members. Source: BBC News.

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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators in Kinshasa on Sunday (CNS/Kenny Katombe)

Peaceful Church-organised marches in the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for respect for the country’s constitution prompted a military crackdown that left at least six people dead. Source: The Tablet.

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The World Economic Forum is meeting until Friday January 26 (WEF)

Global leaders must implement policies that support the family and offer real opportunities for the development of all people, Pope Francis told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop Samir Nassar (B Hallet)

An estimated nine people were killed in bombings on Monday in historically Christian areas of the Syrian capital. Source: CNA.

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More data from the review will be released in coming weeks (Productivity Commission)

The Productivity Commission is investigating spending on government services and yesterday released its first findings, which look at community services, housing and homelessness. Source: News.com.au.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk (Facebook/APalaszczukMP)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has insisted the issue of euthanasia will not be on the political agenda during the first year of her new government. Source: The Australian.

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Floral tributes in Bourke Street, Melbourne, in January last year (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has offered a message of remembrance on the first anniversary of Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall tragedy, in which six people were killed and many more were injured. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Up to 4500 people are expected to attend the episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Brian Mascord as the fifth bishop of Wollongong next month. Source: Wollongong Diocese.

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More than 18 million North Koreans live in a state of chronic food shortage (CARE)

An international aid organisation is drawing attention to 10 humanitarian emergencies it says the world ignored in 2017. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Cardinal Beniamino Stella (CNS/Alejandro Ernesto)

The idea of exceptionally ordaining older married men to celebrate the Eucharist in isolated Catholic communities is something that should be discussed, says the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy. Source: Crux.

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Salim (centre) with tutors Matthew Smith and Gillian Warry (Emilie Ng)

A group of strangers from Brisbane have become the lifeline for a refugee family of seven who escaped their war-ravaged country three years ago. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Pope Francis during the in-flight press conference from Peru (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sexual abuse, saying he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by his mentor. Source: CNS.

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Sr Kathleen Laffan in Perth, age 18 (The eRecord)

As a young student in Ireland in the 1950s, Kathleen Laffan was inspired by the joy and care given by the Presentation Sisters who ran her school. Source: The eRecord.

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Students settle into their new classroom (Facebook/St Benedicts)

As Queensland school students head back to class this week, it's a new beginning for more than 100 families enrolled in Townsville's newest Catholic primary school. Source: Townsville Catholic Education.

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Dr Ruth Shean (CPSL)

A former West Australian public servant and administrator has been appointed to the Church’s independent child protection standards, auditing and reporting organisation. Source: CPSL.

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Br Cassian Maria Aylward (Pawel Kula)

A 28-year-old bodyboarder from Sydney who swapped the surf for an Irish monastery has professed his first vows as a Benedictine monk. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Pope Francis arrives for Mass at Las Palmas airbase, Lima, Peru (CNS/Paul Haring)

Jesus doesn't want disciples who have been photoshopped to perfection, Pope Francis told young Peruvians on Sunday, the last day of his papal trip to Latin America. Source: CNA.

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Donald Trump (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

US President Donald Trump has praised the “beautiful” pro-life cause and thanked the movement for its support for pregnant women in his live remarks to the Washington March for Life. Source: Catholic Herald.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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