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Vinnies launches appeal to help asylum-seekers (Bigstock)

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW will be providing financial assistance and practical support to some of the men, women and children in NSW who were brought to Australia from offshore detention, the charity announced.

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Notre Dame University

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Cantebury Cathedral (Wikimedia/Antony McCallum)

More than half of the British public now describe themselves as having no religion, The Tablet reports.

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Postal surveys are due to be sent to households next week (Australia Post)

The High Court has begun hearing a challenge to the federal government's planned voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage, with two groups opposed to the policy arguing it has not been properly funded, ABC News reports.

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Archive image of a Dominican sister with school children in Iraq (ACN)

Religious sisters in Iraq have set out plans to return to a key town in the ancient Nineveh Plains where they hope to provide help and healing for thousands of Christian families returning there, charity Aid to the Church in Need reports.

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Fr Rob Galea (Australian Catholics)

Sandhurst diocesan priest Fr Robert Galea has spent the year performing in front of huge audiences around the world. He has a mission to talk to young people who have never heard the Gospel, reports The Times of Malta.

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Physicians have criticised Social Services Minister Christian Porter for linking the debate on drug testing welfare recipients to child immunisation policies, The Guardian reports.

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Michael Goodwin and child migrants in 1947 (Battye Library)

Perth Catholic Michael Goodwin, who was just five when he was sent to Australia as a child migrant 70 years ago, says he has been blessed with a good life, The Record reports.

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The consecration ceremony (Facebook/Archdiocese of Glasgow)

Scottish bishops carried out the Consecration of Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary following "continual letters" from the faithful asking for the consecration to occur, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Malala Yousafzai and Aung San Suu Kyi (ABC)

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and Muslim countries in Asia led a growing chorus of criticism yesterday aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of its Rohingya Muslim minority, SBS News reports.

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Narcissism produces sadness, says Pope Francis (Bigstock)

Pope Francis yesterday told youth to steer clear of modern society's narcissistic tendencies, which he referred to as a vain “illness”, CNA reports.

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Dr Pansy Lai of the Coalition for Marriage ad (Coalition for Marriage)

Malcolm Turnbull will take the contentious same-sex marriage plebiscite back to cabinet and Coalition MPs to decide on a “Plan C” if the High Court rules against the postal survey in the next two days of hearings, The Australian reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Monique Fahey in Laos (ACU)

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is using government funding to develop short-term overseas programs to enable students who otherwise could not afford to travel to study abroad, the university reports.

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Fr Hans Zollner SJ and Archbishop Mark Coleridge (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

One of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Fr Hans Zollner, is in Australia this week to share his experience and promote safeguarding efforts, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Gladys Berejiklian (Facebook/gladysnsw)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken her silence on a voluntary assisted dying vote to say she won't be supporting the legislation, AAP/News.com.au reports.

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Bishop Robert Rabbat and clergy with the relic and icon of St Mariam (Giovanni Portelli)

The Melkite Catholic Community of St Elias in Sydney is hoping the intercession of a recently-canonised saint will help raise the necessary funds to build a desperately-needed church for their community, the Catholic Weekly reports.

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Living with a sense of sorrow and guilt (David Lovell Publishing)

How does a woman, faithful to her Catholic teaching and traditions, have an abortion and move forward with her life? Jessica Lockhart is still working that out, day by day, reports Catholic Life.

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Sr Maria Valentina de los Angeles and the United Catholic Musicians (YouTube)

Musicians, including a nun-turned-rapper in sports sneakers, will perform for the Pope when he visits Colombia tomorrow, Yahoo7 News reports.

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Pat Martlew and Sr Elizabeth Morris with Barrie Hayman from 5TCB (Hamish Ferguson)

Distances in country areas can sometimes be isolating, however the South Australian Bordertown parish is helping to spread the word of God and connect people to the Church through a community radio program, The Southern Cross 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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