June Oscar (Wikimedia/June Oscar)

The federal government and Labor are facing fresh calls to set up a national compensation program for thousands of stolen generation families who had their children forcibly removed over several decades. Source: SBS News.

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Pope Benedict XVI and Msgr Alfred Xureb (Vatican News)

In an interview to mark five years since Pope Benedict XVI's resignation as pontiff, his former secretary has revealed Benedict pledged his “total obedience” to Pope Francis on the evening of his election. Source: The Tablet.

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Open ocean surfing and surf lifesaving events have been banned (CSO Lismore)

Surfing will be banned at all Catholic schools on the North Coast of NSW due to the threat of shark attacks. Source: The Northern Star.

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A woman prays in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Beijing (CNS/Roman Pilipey)

Children have been banned from entering churches in several regions of China. Source: ucanews.com.

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Ezinwanne Igbo (The Catholic Leader)

Pope Francis has excommunicated a Sunshine Coast priest for breaching the secret of the confessional after a lengthy investigation which included allegations of misconduct. Source: The Courier Mail.

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Malcolm Hart (ACBC)

Researchers from Australia and the United States will present their findings on how young people perceive and engage with the Church during one of a series of significant events that will be held during the Year of Youth. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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A screenshot of footage showing a man with a sword in the Yogyakarta church yesterday (ABC News)

A priest and several churchgoers were seriously injured at a Mass in Indonesia yesterday after they were attacked by a man wielding a sword. Source: Yahoo7 News.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher celebrating the feast day with members of Sydney

On the feast of the patron saint of slavery victims, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP reminded the faithful that modern slavery, while largely hidden, is still embedded in the global economy. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Parishoners at a NSW parish complete the 2016 NCLS survey (NCLS)

Half of active Catholic parishioners say their opinion of senior Church leaders has been damaged by the revelations aired at the recent child abuse royal commission. Source: The Age.

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Fr Ivan Anorve Jaimes and Fr Germain Muniz García (Chilpancingo Chilapa Diocese)

Two priests have been killed in an armed ambush in Mexico, bringing to 21 the number of priests killed in the country in the past five years. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Bishop-Elect Brian Mascord (ACBC)

When Wollongong Bishop-Elect Brian Mascord was ordained a priest in 1992, he took “For all things, give thanks" as his motto – words he will carry with him at his episcopal ordination on February 22. Source: Aurora Magazine.

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Pat Dodson (ACPA)

Indigenous Labor Senator Pat Dodson has condemned the Turnbull Government for not committing to closing the gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. Source: SBS News.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx (CNS/Sascha Steinbach, EPA)

The German bishops conference has sought to clarify remarks made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx regarding the "blessing" of same-sex relationships. Source: America Magazine.

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Fr Warren Kinne (Connie Nowlan)

Missionary priest Fr Warren Kinne is looking forward to one of the more unusual challenges of his religious life: he has signed up as an official Commonwealth Games chaplain. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament yesterday (ABC News)

The Catholic Church has backed Malcolm Turnbull’s call for the states and territories to join the proposed national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors. Source: TJHC.

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The NCEC says low-fee schools should be treated differently to high-fee schools (Dreamstime)

The National Catholic Education Commission says it remains committed to working with the Turnbull Government and other school sectors to ensure a fair distribution of funds for schools is achieved. Source: NCEC.

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Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding (IMDB)

In the 1990s, Tonya Harding was a champion ice skater who was embroiled in the controversial injuring of her main rival, Nancy Kerrigan. In I, Tonya, she tells her own story. Source: ACOFB.

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The Colloseum in Rome (Bigstock)

The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, and especially in Syria and Iraq. Source: CNA.

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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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