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The Catholic Church in China is a fundamental part of Chinese history and can play a leading role in promoting the common good of all its citizens, says Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Source: ucanews.com.

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The blessing and consecration of St Mark’s Coptic Catholic Church in Prospect. Parramatta Diocese Mary Brazell

The Coptic Catholic community of Australia celebrated the long-awaited opening and blessing of St Mark’s Coptic Catholic Church in western Sydney on Saturday. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Pope Francis (CNS/Paul Haring)

The constant temptation and cancer of corruption is one of the most devastating illnesses to befall society, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced $55 million in grants to toughen security at places of worship and religious schools amid growing concerns about extremism in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Source: The Age.

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Some Clemente students have gone on to degree level work and even beyond towards PhDs (Bigstock)

The Clemente program, an initiative of Australian Catholic University and St Vincent de Paul Society, is helping to put disadvantaged people on an upward path. Source: Canberra Times.

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Peter collects water from a well about a kilometre from his Solomon Islands boarding school (Caritas Australia/Cassandra Hill)

Caritas Australia is working with its partners in the Solomon Islands to address the problem of water access on the island nation.

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

The Archdiocese of Rouen in France has concluded its sainthood inquiry into the life and death of a French priest who was killed while celebrating Mass in 2016. Source: CNS.

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Blind Eye Ministries members (The Catholic Leader)

Blind Eye homeless shelter in South Brisbane will host a monthly Sunday Mass during 2019, establishing itself as a bona fide Church for the people. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Dr Lee-Anne Perry (The Catholic Leader)

Queensland Catholic schools are starting an $80 million push to bring kindergarten kids on to campus. Source: The Courier-Mail.

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Pro-life advocates will campaign against politicians who supported abortion policies at the coming federal election (Bigstock)

Labor appears headed for political backlash after supporting a push to make more abortion services freely available as part of its federal election platform. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Peter A Comensoli (ACBC)

The Church in Melbourne is experiencing its “darkest days” and is standing on “broken ground” in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has said. Source: The Weekend Australian. 

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Mei Wen of Perth touches an area of the Holy Stairs where Jesus is believed to have fallen (CNS/Paul Haring)

For the first time in 300 years, the marble steps of the Holy Stairs will be free from the thick wooden panels installed in 1723 to protect the stairs and be left uncovered for the public. Source: CNS.

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Paula Washington (Townsville Diocese)

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has appointed Paula Washington as the new executive director of Centacare North Queensland. Source: Townsville Diocese.

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The ACBC has called for the minimum wage to be increased to $20 per hour (Bigstock)

Neither employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, the Church has told the Fair Work Commission. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Members of a family react outside the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday (CNS/Martin Hunter, Reuters)

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 50 people killed on Friday. Source: NZ Catholic.

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Reverend Riad Kassis and Pieter Kwant of Langham Partnership, with a copy of the new Arabic Contemporary Bible Commentary (Hope 103.2)

Sydney’s Middle Eastern community has celebrated an historic occasion with the launch of the Arabic Contemporary Bible Commentary – the first book of its kind produced in 1000 years. Source: Hope 103.2.

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Pope Francis leads The Angelus in St Peter

Pope Francis has called for gestures of peace to oppose hatred and violence in the wake of attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. Source: CNA.

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Research shows reading is the vital foundation stone for learning (Pixabay)

Low literacy levels in Australian children are setting up young people to continue the cycle of unemployment and socio-economic struggle, education experts have warned. Source: ACU.

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