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Tens of thousands of people witnessed the Miracle of the Sun (Wikimedia)

Can a scientist believe in miracles? This physicist does, writes Robert Kurland in Aleteia.

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Ryan Gosling and Sylvia Hoeks in Blade Runner 2049 (Alcon Entertainment/Stephen Vaughan)

Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy successor to its predecessor, science fiction classic Blade Runner, says reviewer Peter Sheehan.

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Participants at the 2016 Living Fully conference

Bishop of Broken Bay Peter Comensoli will lead a session at an international convention to be held in Rome this month for more than 450 participants working in the area of catechesis for persons with disabilities, the Diocese of Broken Bay reports.

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Peter Dutton (Wikimedia)

Refugee lawyers have vowed to fight for 71 asylum seekers whose welfare payments have been cut off after they missed a deadline to lodge claims for Australia's protection, SBS News reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Graham West (The Southern Cross)

Almost 200 regional and state leaders of the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) attended a national congress in Adelaide last weekend – the first gathering of its kind in 60 years, reports The Southern Cross.

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Two thirds of Australians think religion does more harm than good (Pixabay)

An international poll has found Australians think religion does more harm than good, compared to people from most other countries, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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Coldplay album artwork was on display at the Mass (YouTube)

A Mexican archdiocese has distanced itself from a “Coldplay Mass” celebrated by a Jesuit university, the Catholic Herald reports.

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The Ash Wednesday meme by @bishopumbers (Twitter/@bishopumbers)

Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers has made a name for himself as a "meme-making" bishop. He tells the Washington Post how he uses Twitter memes to convey important messages.

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Bishop Suriel addresses the graduation ceremony (Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melb)

The Australian Catholic University this week conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Coptic Orthodox Bishop Suriel, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne announced.

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Jenny Levy and patient Arini try out the virtual reality goggles (Supplied)

For the first time in Western Australia, virtual reality goggles are helping ease children’s anxiety when undergoing blood tests and other procedures at St John of God Health Care hospitals, The eRecord reports.

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@Pontifex is available in nine languages (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

Pope Francis’ @Pontifex Twitter accounts have reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative, CNS reports.

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Pope Francis addresses the Catechism anniversary celebration (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has called for stronger opposition to the death penalty in the Catechism of the Church, CNA reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Bill Shorten (Facebook/Bill Shorten)

Labor leader Bill Shorten says unions, business and the federal Parliament should come together and strike a "radical" grand bargain that would deliver a much-needed pay rise for ordinary Australians, the Canberra Times reports.

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Asylum-seekers protest the closure of the centre, August (Facebook/Michelle Bui)

Asylum-seekers in detention on Manus Island have been offered the chance to move to Australia’s other offshore detention island of Nauru, The Guardian reports.

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Dignitaries at the opening of the crisis centre (The Southern Cross)

Women escaping domestic violence who are forced to seek temporary refuge in motels will benefit from a new crisis centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, The Southern Cross reports.

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Faith leaders on the steps of Victorian Parliament (Melbourne Catholic)

Multifaith representatives gathered on the steps of the Victorian Parliament yesterday to deliver a joint statement rejecting the state's Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, Melbourne Catholic reports.

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A large crowd attended the family festival (Supplied)

More than 10,000 people from migrant communities attended a Sydney family festival on Sunday, demonstrating strong support for a No vote among Australians of ethnic heritage, Catholic Outlook reports.

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Debbie and Phillip Collignon (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

He’s the $60 million man – literally. Over nearly three decades, Sydney man Phillip Collignon has raised more than $60 million in aid of poor and persecuted Christians around the world, The Catholic Weekly reports.

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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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

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

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