Under existing laws, charities that take online ­donations must comply with differing regulations in every state and territory (Bigstock)

Charity groups and the Australian Labor Party are calling on the Morrison Government to take urgent action to reduce unnecessary red tape in the charity sector. Source: The Australian.

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St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday after the terrorist attack (CNS/Reuters)

Sri Lanka's Catholic bishops have renewed calls for an independent and impartial inquiry into the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks and appealed for support from the government. Source: Daily FT.

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The Pope was commemorating the first anniversary of the collapse of Genoa

In hopeless situations of pain and suffering, God never abandons his children but rather remains close to them, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Joe O’Brien -(The eRecord/Jamie O’Brien)

A life of faith and obedience led Joe O’Brien through the gates of Hakea Prison, Perth’s maximum-security jail. Source: The eRecord.

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Chris Lowney (CSSV/Fiona Basile)

The Church needs to discover how to “transform and revitalise” itself during this time of “crisis”, according to US author and leadership expert Chris Lowney. Source: Catholic Social Services Victoria.

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Bishop Bill Wright (Maitland-Newcastle Diocese)

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright has convoked a diocesan synod commencing in November, one of a number of events around the country building towards the Plenary Council and beyond. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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St Patrick’s Cooma students attend the day of prayer for farmers (Catholic Voice/Supplied)

Parishioners and school children came together in the New South Wales town of Cooma on Friday for a day of prayer for farmers affected by the “worst drought in living memory”. Source: Catholic Voice.

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From left: Melissa Cain with her son Mikhail and Melissa Fanshawe with her son Oliver (ACU)

Well-intentioned people are failing to see the entire child and that child’s immense potential because they see the child’s disability first, according to an inclusive education researcher. Source: ACU.

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Pope Francis affirmed in March that the sacramental seal of confession cannot be broken (CNS)

The Church is set to defy new laws in Victoria that would punish priests with jail time if they refuse to report sexual abuse revealed during confession. Source: The Age.

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Flooding in Kochi in the state of Kerala, India (Indian Navy via Twitter/anadans76)

Pope Francis offered prayers and condolences yesterday for the victims of monsoon flooding in southern India that has left more than 150 people dead. Source: CNA.

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Anne Ruston (anneruston.com.au)

Social services minister Anne Ruston has declared that “everybody” on Newstart should be able to get a job with the right assistance, as new figures show some unemployment hotspots are getting worse across the country. Source: The Guardian.

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Activists demonstrate in the northern Philippine city of Baguio on August 7(ucanews.com/contributed)

A Catholic religious sister accused the military of being behind the shooting of a human rights defender in the northern Philippines last week. Source: ucanews.com.

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A rally for refugees in Sydney yesterday (SBS News screenshot)

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Sydney office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to demand an overhaul of policies impacting those seeking asylum. Source: SBS News.

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Nagle Catholic College students with a Friend-o-metre made in their Friendology course (Facebook/Nagle Catholic College)

Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton is giving friendship lessons to help its younger students learn the art of making and breaking relationships. Source: The West Australian.

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Lou Angus (Lou Angus/Palliative Care Awareness Campaign)

As the voluntary euthanasia bill hit the West Australian Parliament last week, a palliative care nurse was ramping up her fight against it. Source: Community News Group.

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Dr Anthony Dillon (ACU)

Improving the education standards of Indigenous school children in remote parts of Australia is “not a mystery” and can “start now”, according to an Australian Catholic University researcher.

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Bathurst Diocese has seen little rain in the past 12 months (Facebook/Bathurst Diocese)

Education should never be an added burden. That’s the message from Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna as the diocese continues to battle drought. Source: Central Western Daily.

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Swiss Guards march past the the Vatican Bank (CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Pope Francis has issued new laws governing the Vatican’s bank, ruling that the accounts must be signed off by an external auditor and staff sign up to a code of ethics. Source: The Tablet.

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