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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB at the Forum for Secondary Schools (eRecord)

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has emphasised the importance of opening our eyes, ears and hearts to recognise the needs of others, the eRecord reports.

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Education campaign relaunched (Bigstock)

Children are among the victims of domestic and family violence but it’s not always best to speak with them directly about it, say experts who help to combat the scourge in south-east Queensland, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Manus Island (Department of Immigration)

Australia's refugee processing centre on Manus Island will commence closure in two weeks, with asylum-seekers told yesterday to "consider their options", reports the Canberra Times.

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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok (Wikipedia)

The sentencing of a Christian former governor of Jakarta for blasphemy has done a serious disservice to Indonesia, writes Pat Walsh on Eureka Street.

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Bishop-Elect Michael Morrissey (ACBC)

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Morrissey, the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese of Geraldton, as the ninth Bishop of Geraldton, the ACBC announced last night.

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US Vice President Mike Pence (Wikipedia)

US Vice President Mike Pence last week pledged his prayers and support for persecuted Christians around the globe, CNA reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal Leonard Sandri in Sydney (Catholic Outlook/Jordan Grantham)

Westerners can learn a lot about faith from the Eastern Churches, says Cardinal Leonard Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, reports Catholic Outlook.

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Playing Pokemon Go in a church raised the ire of Russian officials (Pexels)

A Russian blogger has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in a church, and given a suspended sentence, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Euthanasia laws are expected to be introduced to Victorian parliament this year (Bigstock)

The Victorian government's push for legalised euthanasia continues with an interim report discussing time frames and feedback to be released soon, The Age reports.

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Archbishop Julian Porteous blesses the coffin of Bishop Willson (Facebook/Sarah Aktag)

Tasmania's first Catholic bishop didn't live to see the Hobart cathedral he commissioned completed but on Friday, more than 150 years after his death, he was buried in its crypt, reports 9News.com.au.

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Pope Francis speaks with journalists on the papal plane (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has praised an abuse survivor who quit his reform commission citing Vatican resistance, saying she was "right on some issues," Crux reports.

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Aloma planting mangroves in the Philippines (Caritas/Richard Wainwright)

Australians have donated close to $5 million to this year's Project Compassion campaign, reports Caritas Australia.

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Bishops call for the government to engage with Catholic education sector (Bigstock)

The Bishops Commission for Catholic Education has expressed concern at some elements of the federal budget announcement regarding Catholic school funding, reports the ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis embraces Lucas Batista from Brazil at the canonisation (CNS/Paul Haring)

Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonised two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, CNS reports.

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Slavery is rightfully recognised today as sin (Pexels)

Faith is a journey guided by the Holy Spirit, who helps the Church grow in understanding the sinful nature of once-accepted practices like slavery and the death penalty, Pope Francis said yesterday, reports CNS.

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A student tries out the virtual reality goggles (Blurred Minds)

A trial has kicked off that allows students to virtually attend a party and decide how many drinks they will have — along with experiencing the repercussions, ABC News reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Mike Vogel and Haley Rosenwasser in The Case for Christ (Pure Flix)

The Case for Christ is more interesting than many other faith-based films that have followed 2004's The Passion of the Christ.

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Pro-life supporters outside Parliament House (Abortion Rethink/Giovanni Portelli)

A proposal to decriminalise abortion has been voted down in the NSW parliament, The Guardian reports.

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