Sr Gabriella Bottani (left) and Dominican Sr Cecilia Espenilla at the seminar (CNS)

How can the work of women religious in justice, peace and anti-trafficking efforts be more effectively included into policies at government and international level? Source: Vatican News.

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The plaque that was removed from Hobart cathedral last year (ABC/Peter Curtis)

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous has ordered a full audit of all Catholic institutions in Tasmania to identify and remove plaques depicting convicted sexual abuse offenders. Source: ABC News.

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The church is demolished (The Morning Bulletin/Chris Ison)

A Rockhampton church was demolished this week after damage from a cyclone in 2015 was deemed too expensive to repair. Source: The Morning Bulletin.

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Pope Francis (Vatican News)

Pope Francis’ apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and his request that the country’s bishops come to Rome to discuss reforms amounts to a “spiritual state of emergency” in Chile, the Vatican said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Paul O’Callaghan visits a drought-hit community in Kenya (Caritas/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

Caritas Australia CEO Paul O’Callaghan says the Turnbull Government’s projected cuts to its aid budget is at odds with the generosity of the Australian people and places the country in an unenviable position. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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The new teachers and CEO staff at the induction day (The eRecord)

Thirty-one teachers are settling into Catholic schools across the Kimberley following their induction in Broome. Source: The eRecord.

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Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place (CNS/Paramount)

A Quiet Place is an American horror film about a family who live in fear of being attacked by alien creatures that attack immediately on hearing sound. Source: ACOFB.

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Pope Francis baptises a baby, Jan 2016 (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

Parents who prefer not to baptise their children in the hopes that they will “understand and ask for baptism” as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child’s life, Pope Francis said. Source: Catholic Herald.

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The FCBCO delegates at the Opening Mass yesterday (Neil Helmore)

Bishops from across Oceania are meeting in Papua New Guinea this week to discuss human rights and environmental issues in the region. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Paul Flatau (YouTube)

On the eve of the launch of a plan to end chronic homelessness in WA, a major Australian study has laid bare the experiences of more than 8000 people who sleep rough. Source: The West Australian.

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Pope Francis meets a Columbian woman on his Latin American trip last year (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Pontifical Commission for Latin America has proposed that the Church hold a Synod of Bishops “on the theme of the woman in the life and mission of the Church". Source: CNS.

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Senator Ted Cruz questions Mark Zuckerberg at the hearing yesterday (Facebook/TedCruzPage)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday faced questions from US lawmakers about his company’s censorship of Catholic content. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis greets Bhaddanta Kumarabhivasma in Myanmar, Nov 2017 (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Vatican is inviting the world’s Buddhists and Christians to work together to combat and prevent the “heinous crime” of corruption by eradicating its underlying causes. Source: Vatican News.

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Students at Xavier Jesuit School in Sisophon, Cambodia

After helping establish a Jesuit school in East Timor, Fr Quyen Vu SJ thought he had all the experience he needed to set up a school in Cambodia. But, he writes, he encountered many challenges. Source: Australian Jesuits.

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Loneliness can be an effect of family violence (Bigstock)

Loneliness and isolation must also be addressed for women to recover from the trauma of family violence, write Jocelyn Bignold and Anita Morris. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson outside court on Monday (ABC News/Nancy Notzon)

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson took the stand in Newcastle Local Court to give evidence for the first time since he was charged with concealing child sexual abuse. Source: Newcastle Herald.

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Fr Stephen Bliss in his Commonwealth Games uniform (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

Franciscan Friar Stephen Bliss, an official driver for athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games, says his passengers are intrigued when they learn a priest is chauffeuring them. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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John Falzon (The Catholic Leader)

Federal government cuts to a service that provided an allowance and other support to asylum-seekers is leaving people destitute, according to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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