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A still from The Sultan and The Saint (Catholic Outlook)

A new film about the historic meeting between St Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik Al-Kamil will have its Australian premiere in Sydney next month, Catholic Outlook reports.

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Ernie Christie with Homeless Jesus sculpture (Neil Helmore)

A $60,000 bronze sculpture of a homeless Jesus on a park bench is yet to find a home more than a year after being gifted to the city of Townsville, the Townsville Bulletin reports.

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Digital technology was used in the project (University of Canberra)

Catholic school students have participated in a world-first research project which has "enormous potential" for improving the maths outcomes of children Australia-wide, The Canberra Times reports.

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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv (ACBC)

Australia needs to work towards the just and humane treatment of migrants and refugees in its care, writes Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv on the ACBC Media Blog.

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Bob Hawke at the 1987 election campaign launch (YouTube)

Thirty years ago today Bob Hawke declared that "by 1990, no Australian child will be living in poverty," writes Michael Koziol in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Bishops have pulled out of mediation talks (CNS/Aaron Ross, Reuters)

More than 3300 people have been killed since October in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, said a report by Catholic officials this week, CNA reports.

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Catholic school system the biggest loser (Wikimedia)

The federal government's $23.5 billion school funding package has passed the Senate, in a significant victory for the Coalition ahead of the long parliamentary break, ABC News reports.

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People flee violence in Central African Republic, 2014 (CNS/Siegfried Modola, Reuters)

The mayor of a Central African Republic (CAR) town says at least 100 people are dead after heavy fighting broke out in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome, CBS News reports.

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The Boshra family can stay in Australia (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

After public pressure, media spotlighting and a petition signed by 8000 people, the Department of Immigration has granted asylum visas to a Sydney-based Coptic Christian family, The Catholic Weekly reports.

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Inquiry recommends program be overhauled (Wikipedia)

A parliamentary committee says Centrelink's robo-debt program has had a profoundly negative impact on the lives of thousands of Australians, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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Pauline Carrigan (third from left) with charity committee members (Aurora)

The death of her son inspired a NSW woman to help young people develop skills to promote good mental health, Aurora Magazine reports.

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Pope Francis at the general audience yesterday (CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The saints show us that despite what we might think, holiness is possible for everyone, and we should call on them for help in living our vocations, Pope Francis said yesterday, CNA reports.

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Bishop Hubertus Leteng (Catholic Herald)

Priests in Indonesia’s Ruteng Diocese have appealed to the Vatican to resolve a dispute with their bishop, who they accuse of misappropriating more than $100,000 in Church funds, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Senator Simon Birmingham (Facebook/Simon Birmingham)

The Turnbull government has pledged more than $5 billion to win over Senate crossbenchers in a desperate move to secure support for what will now be a $23.5bn schools funding reform package, The Australian reports.

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Proposed Disability Support Pension changes voted down (Pexels)

A Turnbull government measure which stripped benefits from those with permanent disabilities caused by substance abuse has been overturned by the Senate, 9news.com.au reports.

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South Sudanese Catholics at a Mass, Juba (CNS/Mohmaed Messara, EPA)

With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to $US500,000 to the war-torn country to show his solidarity and support, CNS reports.

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Rosary beads (Pixabay)

Christians who pray the Rosary unite their own lives with Christ by meditating on his life, ministry and death, Pope Francis said, reports Crux.

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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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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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