Pope Francis answers questions on the papal plane (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has defended his decision not to use the word “Rohingya” to refer to the persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar while in the country last week, Crux reports.

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Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ (Bigstock)

Pope Francis kicked off the Church's Advent season yesterday, saying it was a time to let go of the worldly distractions that take us away from God, and focus on growing closer to him through prayer and concern for others, CNA reports.

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School referrals for children at risk of self-harm are increasing (Pexels)

Schools are referring rapidly growing numbers of primary students at risk of suicide to an intervention service, prompting calls for compulsory training for all school staff, The Advertiser reports.

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Archbishops Anthony Fisher and Julian Porteous have signed the letter (ACBC)

Church leaders from across Australia have written an open letter to both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten regarding the lack of religious freedoms included in the same sex marriage bill, Sky News Australia reports.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been ordered to travel to Newcastle to face court this week if he is cleared to stand trial by a specialist doctor, The Australian reports.

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The emmanuelworship team  (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

Calling a new album noise would be offensive to most musicians but not for the worship leaders in Brisbane’s emmanuelworship, The Catholic Leader.

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Striking teachers will attend rallies across NSW and ACT (Bigstock)

Thousands of Catholic school teachers and support staff from about 350 schools in NSW and ACT will strike today, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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Sr Marie Davey with 2018 school captains (Facebook/Damascus College)

Mercy spirit will live on in the actions of students and staff at Damascus College Ballarat after she leaves, says the long-serving Sr Marie Davey, The Courier reports.

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Borallon inmates will be allowed to receive diluted church wine (CNS/Gregory Shemitz)

Prisoners at a Queensland jail will be allowed to drink communion wine after officials bended a statewide alcohol ban to allow them to partake in communion services, The Sunday Mail reports.

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Jay Weatherill and Star of the Sea School representatives (The Southern Cross)

A marine centre attached to an Adelaide Catholic school is getting a makeover thanks to a community grant announced last weekend, The Southern Cross reports.

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Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh overnight from neighbouring Myanmar, publicly acknowledging for the first time on this trip the crisis of the Rohingya Muslims, Crux reports.

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Report highlights failures in the female prison system (Bigstock)

A report tabled by the Victorian Ombudsman yesterday shows that a better response to women with disabilities and cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system is overdue, says Jesuit Social Services.

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The Bookends Project will promote reconciliation (Pixabay)

The Australian Jesuits this week announced the first details of their Bookends Project, which will see members of the Province community invited into deeper engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Derryn Hinch (Derryn Hinch Justice Party)

Independent Senator Derryn Hinch wants federal and state governments to follow Victoria's lead in legalising assisted dying, SBS News reports.

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A scene from The Man Who Invented Christmas (Garlands Films DAC/Kerry Brown)

The Man Who Invented Christmas depicts the creative journey that led to the writing of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, A Christmas Carol.

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Bishop-Elect Brian Mascord (ACBC)

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Brian Mascord, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, the fifth Bishop of Wollongong, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Bishop Brady said true development is measured by concern for human beings (IDPwD)

Church agencies and parishes are being encouraged to celebrate International Day of People with Disability on Sunday.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Twitter/RoyalFamily)

When the news broke of Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Ms Markle attended, CNS 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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