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Families returning to ruins in Qaraqosh (ACN)

In the space of just a month, up to 15,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are expected to return to their flattened town in the ancient Nineveh Plains, Aid to the Church in Need reports.

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WYD pilgrims from Parramatta back together (Catholic Outlook)

More than 230 World Youth Day Krakow pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta reunited recently to celebrate their faith and friendship twelve months after the life-changing journey, Catholic Outlook reports.

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Meeting coincides with fifth anniversary of Australian community (Catholic Leader)

The leaders of the three communities established for former Anglicans who sought communion with the Catholic Church, will meet in Australia next week, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Several students suspended (Bigstock)

Two schoolgirls barricaded themselves in a bathroom as fellow students threatened them at a Catholic college in Melbourne's southeast, The Age reports.

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Pope Francis at an Anglican prayer service in February (CNS)

Pope Francis recently encouraged a group of nuns to “be always joyful and even … noisy!” It’s a message all Christians could take on board, writes Fr Noel Connolly SSC in the Columbans’ Mission eNews.

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Bringing gifts to the wider Church (MelbourneCatholic)

Australia’s Deaf Catholic Community came together in Melbourne this week for its first big conference in over a decade, MelbourneCatholic.org.au reports.

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Unemployed finding it hard to make ends meet (Bigstock)

New figures show Australians on unemployment benefits can't afford weekly basic necessities, sparking calls for an independent mechanism to set payment levels, the ABC reports.

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Experts say religious freedoms need protection (Bigstock)

State-based anti-discrimination laws would have to be strengthened, or overridden by the Commonwealth for religious freedom protections to be effective if same-sex marriage becomes law, The Australian reports.

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Bishop George Murray will head new committee (CNS)

The US Bishops have established a new committee to tackle what they describe as an “urgent need” to address “the sin of racism” in the country, Catholic News Service reports.

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Fr Anthony Casamento and Professor Hayden Ramsay (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has made two key appointments with Fr Anthony Casamento CSMA to become ACU’s inaugural Vice President and Professor Hayden Ramsay named Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor of Catholic Philosophy, ACU reports.

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Fr Sunil Paul Nagothu SVD with the parish solar panels (SVD)

A Queensland parish has taken advantage of its sun-drenched location by adorning its roof with solar panels in a concrete sign of commitment to the spirit of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, In the Word eNews reports.

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Judge calls Francis Brophy an evil paedophile (Bigstock)

A Catholic brother has been jailed for historical abuse crimes against vulnerable boys at a Queensland orphanage, the Courier-Mail reports.

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Contemplation and action both needed (Pixabay)

One of St Ignatius’ gifts was to encourage people to be active in the world but also contemplative. A tricky balance, writes Fr Brian McCoy SJ on the Jesuits Australia website.

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Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Sr Kakare Biita sgs (Good Oil/DFAT)

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific and her opposition counterpart had a taste of life at the Good Samaritan Early Childhood Centre in Kiribati during a visit to the Pacific Island nation, The Good Oil reports.

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Mail campaigns in the spotlight (Bigstock)

Posties have found themselves at the centre of the marriage debate, with Australia Post confirming they have the right to refuse to deliver any campaign material they deem to be offensive, The Australian reports.

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From Guantánamo Bay to Brisbane (Bigstock)

Seventeen refugees who were found clinging to a lighthouse off the Florida Keys after fleeing Cuba in a self-made raft, have been resettled in Brisbane, The Guardian reports.

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Both baby boomers and millennials dodge their neighbours (Bigstock)

Gone are the days when you’d ring the doorbell of the person next door to ask for a cup of sugar, with a new survey showing most of us avoid human contact with our neighbours, news.com.au reports.

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Protesters in Kenya after the election (CNS/Dai Kurokawa, EPA)

Kenya’s bishops have applauded the opposition's decision to challenge the election result in the country’s Supreme Court rather than calling for demonstrations, The Tablet reports.

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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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