The Bridges of Peace conference was inspired by St John Paul II’s 1986 Assisi interfaith peace gathering  (Vatican News)

Religions contradict their very nature if they stop pursuing the path of peace, Pope Francis has told a gathering of religious and cultural leaders. Source: Crux.

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Protesters chant outside the opening session of the Synod on October 3, demanding women be included as voting members (CNS/Paul Haring)

Three priests who are voting members at the Synod of Bishops say women should be included as full voting members. Source: CNS.

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Scott Morrison (left) and Bill Shorten (Facebook and Wikimedia/Ross Caldwell)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Government is focused on protecting gay students from any religious school discrimination and any further changes to include gay teachers would have to wait. Source: SBS News.

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Facebook/Marise Payne)

Australia will lead a push to stop pregnant women, children and people with mental or intellectual disabilities being handed the death penalty as a step towards its global abolition. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Traditional Hindu families often prefer sons over daughters because of economic and religious reasons (Bigstock)

Pro-life groups have joined government efforts to change India’s skewed sex ratio that is caused by large-scale abortions of females. Source: ucanews.com.

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The Hyland family in Ireland (Aurora Magazine)

The Hyland family from Sydney represented Australia at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The event was full of hope for the Church and families, writes Shane Hyland. Source: Aurora Magazine.

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Hani is on Nauru while his wife and child are in Australia (ABC News/Human Rights Law Centre)

Pressure is building on the Morrison Government to resolve the position of asylum-seekers in offshore detention as a legal case against the Commonwealth is launched. Source: ABC News.

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Composer Joshua Adams (ACU)

A Perth composer has won the Australian Catholic University’s 2018 Isabel Menton Composition Awards for unpublished and previously unperformed choral works.

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Gladys Demissie (The eRecord/St Vincent de Paul Society WA)

St Vincent de Paul Society Western Australia has welcomed its new state president at a commissioning Mass. Source: The eRecord.

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Greg Craven (ACU)

For days we have been arguing passionately about a report on religious freedom that has not even been released, writes Professor Greg Craven. Source: The Australian.

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The study used Census data and Naplan results to measure child poverty (Bigstock)

One in six Australian children is living in poverty, according to a new report to be released today at the start of Anti-Poverty Week. Source: The Guardian.

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Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher (Facebook/PaulFletcherMP)

Child sexual abuse survivors will no longer be forced to disclose the impact of the abuse to the institutions involved in order to join a national redress scheme. Source: SBS News.

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Francisco José Cox Huneeus (left) and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández (Catholic News World)

Pope Francis has laicised two retired Chilean bishops in what the Vatican said was “a consequence for demonstrated abuse of minors.” Source: NCR Online.

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Pro-life rally outside Parliament House in Brisbane on Saturday (Facebook/Cherish Life Queensland)

A Queensland MP has criticised the state Government’s planned changes to abortion laws at a pro-life rally outside Parliament on Saturday. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Pope Francis uses incense to venerate relics of the seven new saints (CNS/Paul Haring)

Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Francis formally recognised them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. Source: CNS.

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The congregation claps Bishop Charles Gauci at the thanksgiving Mass (The Southern Cross/Ben McMahon)

Adelaide’s Catholic community gave thanks with gusto for the ordination of Darwin Bishop Charles Gauci when he returned to his home town. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Fr Warren Kinne, left, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Fr Noel Connolly and Fr Brian Vale (The Catholic Leader)

The Columban Fathers’ mission of spreading the Gospel message across the world has been honoured at a Mass to celebrate the order’s centenary. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Fr Gerald Arbuckle SM (Catholic Voice)

Catholic health care in Australia needs to be "refounded" to respond to the needs of today, including the growing health effects of loneliness, says Marist priest Fr Gerald Arbuckle. Source: Catholic Voice.

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