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One architect’s vision for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (ABC News/Alexandre Fantozzi)

Experts fear the short time frame to design and build a replacement for the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral roof could be "a one-liner" joke. Source: ABC News.

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Fr Maurizio Pettena CS (The Catholic Leader)

An event being held in Brisbane later this year promises to explore the many fascinating aspects of Catholic missionaries coming to Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The Perth Archdiocese commissioned the report into poverty, homelessness and migrants in Western Australia (Bigstock)

The number of people sleeping rough in Western Australia is on the increase, according to a new report by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Source: The eRecord.

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Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef (CNS/David Gray, Reuters)

People’s attitudes toward nature, economic systems and consumption habits need to radically change to promote a more sustainable and caring world, participants at a Vatican-sponsored conference said. Source: CNS.

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Tony Burke (left) and Chris Bowen retained their seats but suffered swings against them (Wikimedia/Adam Carr and Brettcrealy)

Religious communities across western Sydney have punished Labor, with the growing concerns around religious freedoms swinging votes towards the Liberal Party in the traditional ALP heartland. Source: The Australian.

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Pope Francis addresses members of Italy’s Foreign Press Association at the weekend (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis is encouraging free and humble journalism that does not indulge in selling the “rotten food of misinformation” but instead offers the healthy bread of truth and goodness. Source: Vatican News.

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The Irish flag flies outside Old St Mary Cathedral, Limerick (Bigstock)

The Irish bishops have called on people to “reflect deeply on the implications” of the next week’s divorce referendum, saying “the common good would be better served” by supporting and resourcing married couples. Source: The Irish Times.

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Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri (centre) is the first Opus Dei lay person to be beatified (Opus Dei)

Spanish laywoman, chemist and researcher Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri has been beatified during a ceremony in Madrid. Source: Zenit.

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Anti-abortion activists are having legislative successes in the US (Pixabay)

State after state in the US is passing sweeping abortion restrictions, from Alabama's near total abortion ban to Ohio's 'foetal heartbeat' laws to Utah's ban after a pregnancy reaches 18 weeks, writes Elizabeth Dias. Source: SMH/New York Times.

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Parishioners outside a church in Burkina Faso (Vatican Media)

West African Church leaders are calling for unity to counteract the violence perpetrated against Christian churches and communities in the region and build a peaceful society. Source: Vatican News.

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Jean Vanier (centre) with Anne Walsh (right) and associate Claire Lawler in 2014 (Catholic Voice)

Word of L'Arche founder Jean Vanier’s death reverberated around the world on May 7, slowly filtering out to the many people his life and work had touched. In Canberra, the news was particularly poignant. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Alabama now has the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognised that abortion is “the extinguishing of a unique human life,” the president of Americans United for Life said. Source: CNS.

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Fr Chris de Sousa with his family following his ordination to the priesthood (The eRecord/Jamie O’Brien)

The Somascan community has celebrated the historic ordination of its first Australian priest, Fr Christopher de Sousa. Source: The eRecord.

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Ron and Mavis Pirola (Supplied)

It’s not every day that someone in your family receives an honour from the Pope himself for services to the Church, let alone four of them. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Bill Shorten, left, and Scott Morrison at the National Press Club last week (ABC News)

How can we have a civilised discussion about hell, sin and religion when we disagree with, or are even offended by, the views of others, asks Debbie Cuthbertson. Source: The Age.

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Queensland’s peak Catholic women’s group has told a state parliamentary inquiry that the health system should not be focused on ending life, but on providing quality palliative care. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Funding for Catholic schools could be at risk if the Greens win the balance of power at tomorrow’s election (Bigstock)

Catholic school authorities are writing directly to families in key electorates to advise that funding arrangements are at risk should the Greens win influence at the federal election. Source: The Australian.

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Jacki Weaver, left, and Diane Keaton star in Poms (Supplied)

Poms is a British-American comedy about a group of women in a retirement community who form a cheerleading squad. Source: ACOFB.

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