Pope Francis at the chapel at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Vatican (Vatican Media)

A life lived selfishly, corruptly or filled with hate is a life that is useless, shrivels up and dies, Pope Francis said in a morning homily on Friday. Source: CNS.

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A file photo of Asia Bibi in 2010 (CNS/Punjab Governor House handout via EPA)

Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, is still unable to leave the country to join her daughters in Canada. Source: The Australian.

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Malcolm McCusker QC said developing draft euthanasia legislation would be a ‘minefield’

Dementia patients won’t be able to choose euthanasia under assisted suicide legislation expected to be introduced to Western Australia Parliament later this year. Source: Perth Now.

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Jennifer Westacott (left) and John McCarthy (Business Council of Australia and Wikipedia/DFAT)

The influence that big companies wield through their supply chains makes them strongly placed to lead the eradication of modern slavery, Business Council of Australia head Jennifer Westacott said on Friday. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The Government has also committed an additional $320 million for care provided in aged care homes (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia says the Morrison Government’s announcement of an additional 10,000 home care packages is a further step towards reducing the queue of older Australians looking to access home care services.

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Fr Richard Vosko (ACBC)

One of the world’s most prolific designers of places of worship has said people can’t create a “sacred space”, but spaces become sacred when they foster transformation. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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A sick refugee in Lorengau Hospital, Papua New Guinea, last month (Facebook/Fr Giorgio Lincini)

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) is supporting a bill that would allow sick asylum-seekers on Nauru and in Papua New Guinea to get medical treatment.

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The Vatican Cricket team (yellow jackets) with the Argentinian Cricket Sin Fronteras in Buenos Aires in January (Facebook)

The survival of cricket in a country where soccer is everything can be attributed to the likes of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and other cricketers at the Vatican. Source: The Weekend Australian.

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Vinnies Australia says insecure, short-term work is a problem for young people (Bigstock)

A new report claims that a skills mismatch is at the heart of youth unemployment, but Vinnies Australia says the issue is much more complex. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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A scene from this month’s Pope Video, which focuses on human trafficking and slavery (The Pope Video)

Pope Francis has released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for February, which this month is on human trafficking and slavery. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar mosque, in Abu Dhabi on Monday (CNS/Paul Haring)

That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing, writes Cindy Wooden. Source: CNS.

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Ronald dela Rosa (ucanews/Jire Carreon)

The former police chief who launched the Philippine Government’s bloody war on drugs has asked for forgiveness from a Catholic archbishop over the thousands of deaths that occurred during his watch. Source: ucanews.com.

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Australian WYD flag bearer Igor Pletikosa, back right, with flag bearers from around the world (ACBC)

High school religious education teacher Igor Pletikosa vividly remembers his brief contact with Pope Francis as one of the highlights of attending World Youth Day. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Sophie Andreae compared Australia

The Church in Australia should not underestimate the importance of its buildings just because their history only dates back two centuries, according to a British heritage and architecture expert. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Zain Al Rafeea in Capernaum (IMDB)

Capernaum is a very serious film about contemporary Lebanon and, indeed, about any society where children are put at risk and brutalised. Source: ACOFB.

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Flooding in Townsville this week (Townsville Diocese/Neil Helmore)

Pope Francis has offered words of condolence to the people of Townsville, as the region deals with the catastrophic flooding event. Source: Townsville Diocese.

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Pope Francis is applauded by directors and staff of Regina Coeli prison yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis told directors and staff of Rome’s Regina Coeli prison that, with the help of staff, correctional facilities can truly become places of redemption. Source: Vatican News.

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The chair of the US bishops’ conference international justice and peace committee has expressed his unease at the Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from a Reagan-era nuclear arms treaty. Source: CNA.

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