National Board for Safeguarding Children

The Irish Church has updated its child protection guidelines to ensure that public announcements concerning accused priests should emphasise the presumption of innocence, The Irish Times reports.

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte/Wikipedia

The Philippines President-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he will aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of a battle with the Church, Crux reports.

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Pope Francis and Pope Benedict/CTV

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has endorsed Pope Francis' ministry at an unprecedented Vatican ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the former's ordination as a priest, The Guardian reports.

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Mother Teresa/Wikipedia

Indian Archbishop Emeritus Henry D'Souza of Kolkata, who promoted Mother Teresa's cause for canonisation, has died at the age of 90, Vatican Radio reports.

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A Chicago parish has partnered with local utility companies to improve its energy efficiency and cut costs, NCR Online reports.

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Pope Benedict/Wikipedia

Vatican Council II sought to open a new path to the authentic understanding of the identity of the priesthood, writes Cardinal Gerhard Muller in a preface for a collection of homilies by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Suicide bombing, Qaa, Lebanon/Al Jazeera

For the second time in 24 hours, suicide bombers have struck the Lebanese Christian village of Qaa along the Syrian border, killing five and wounding 28, Al Jazeera reports.

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Pathology/Yale Rosen/Flickr

Independent and not-for-profit pathology providers may have to adopt co-payments simply in order to remain viable, owing to sustained financial pressure on the sector, according to Catholic Health Australia.

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Battle of the Somme 1916/Wikipedia

Let's make sure the centenary of the 1916 Battle of the Somme has a religious resonance, writes Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

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Dr Carolyn Woo/Catholic Relief Services

A Vatican-sponsored Impact Investing Conference is studying the difference between traditional philanthropy and impact investing, Vatican Radio reports.

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Senator Nick McKim/Greens

Catholic principals are refusing to distribute a letter that warns parents against voting for the Greens in the upcoming Federal election, The Age reports.

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Francis Sullivan//Truth Justice Healing Council

The Truth Justice and Healing Council has welcomed an Australian Labor Party call for bipartisan support for a national redress scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse.

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Pope Francis/Wikipedia

Pope Francis has said that the Catholic Church, and Christians in general, should apologise to gay people and others who have been offended or exploited in the past, CNN reports.

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Me Before You

Me Before You is pleasingly emotional even though some more cerebral reviewers have been harsh on the film, especially being critical of the presentation of disability, writes Fr Peter Malone MSC.

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Our Lady Help of Christians chapel, Timor-Leste/Catholic Mission

Bathurst's Bishop Michael McKenna has opened an innovative, traditionally styled new church in Timor-Leste, Catholic Mission reports.

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Sister Maria Cecilia/Curia of the Discalced Carmelites

Photos circulating on the internet of dying Spanish Discalced Carmelite Sr Cecilia Maria are certainly, as they say, worth a thousand words, writes Esteban Pittaro at Aleteia.

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Rosies

Catholic youth ministry Rosies is busy training volunteers for a new branch opening soon on Brisbane's bayside, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Independence Day - The Resurgence

This American science-fiction disaster film is the sequel to the 1996 movie Independence Day. Twenty years later, the aliens are back with a much larger battle-fleet.

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Brexit/Public Domain Pictures

European Catholic leaders have expressed concern that the decision by British voters to leave the European Union threatens unity across the continent, The Catholic Herald reports.

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Bishop Ma Daqin/ucanews.com

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ says speculation is inappropriate regarding any Vatican involvement in Shanghai Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin's praise for the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. 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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All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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