Lyn Barham (MyCause/Lyn Barham)

When Lyn Barham sets out on a 10-day walking trek in southeast Asia for Catholic Mission in February, she’s expecting a unique challenge. Source: Dungog Chronicle.

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Labor says the amendments were an improved outcome for migrants (Bigstock)/

The Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Senate to ditch a welfare crackdown that would see new migrants waiting four years before receiving welfare payments. Source: SBS News.

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Penny Wong and Amanda Stoker (Wikimedia/Fiona Richardson and Liberal Party of Australia)

A parliamentary showdown has been set up over laws to protect gay students from discrimination, with Coalition senators blasting a proposed Labor bill as an attack on religious schools. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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A US MQ-9 Reaper drone in Afghanistan (CNS/Omar Sobhani, Reuters)

A Vatican representative says fully automated and autonomous lethal weapons systems must be banned now before they become a reality in tomorrow’s wars. Source: The Tablet.

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This year’s theme is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’ (IDPwD)

Australia’s bishops have urged all Catholics to promote, empower and recognise the gifts of people with disability. Source: ACBC.

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Archbishop Georg Ganswein, left, and Michael Schumacher in 2010 (CNS/Paul Haring and Wikimedia/Mark McArdle)

German Archbishop Georg Ganswein has spoken about a recent visit to seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher. Source: News.com.au.

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Rev. Robert Anderson at the PCH Multi-faith Centre (The eRecord/Matthew Lau)

Chaplains are available around the clock to provide pastoral and spiritual care at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. Source: The eRecord.

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St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on Wednesday (Giovanni Portelli Photography/ACN/SydneyArchdiocese)

Two of Australia’s major cathedrals were splashed with the colour of martyrs on Wednesday as a sign of solidarity with those who suffer religious persecution around the world. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Daniel P. Jones and Kate Cheel in Strange Colours (IMDB)

Strange Colours is an Australian film set in an outback opal mining town where a young woman travels to visit her sick, estranged father. Source: ACOFB.

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Archbishop Julian Porteous (ACBC)

Last week, the Tasmanian House of Assembly passed legislation that will have profound effects on our society and many unknown consequences, writes Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous. Source: The Mercury.

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Wenzel Wirth wanders on the stage during Pope Francis’ general audience yesterday (CNS/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Pope Francis praised the freedom – albeit “undisciplined” – of a child with a disability who climbed onto the stage yesterday to play during the Pontiff’s general audience. Source: Crux.

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Religious tertiary institutions fear the proposals could compromise the normal operation of both faith-based schools and universities (Bigstock)

Christian higher education providers are concerned they could face legal penalties for upholding a biblical view of marriage under the Morrison Government's plan to reframe religious freedom protections. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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More than 40 million people worldwide are believed to be victims of modern slavery (Unsplash/Eric Ward)

Labor has criticised a new regime requiring large companies to report on modern slavery in supply chains because it lacks penalties for non-compliance. Source: SBS News.

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An 1881 portrait of Cardinal John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais (Wikipedia)

Blessed John Henry Newman could be canonised as early as next year after a second miracle was approved, according to the postulator of his sainthood cause. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Tasmanian Attorney-General Elise Archer (EliseArcher.com)

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has introduced a bill to Parliament that will make it mandatory for people in religious ministry to report child abuse or face criminal charges. Source: The Examiner.

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Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, left, and Fr Cosmas Ondari (America Magazine/Supplied)

The World Council of Churches has condemned the recent killing of two Catholic priests in Africa - one in South Sudan and the other, less than a week later, in Cameroon. Source: Sight Magazine.

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Adelaide Archdiocese Administrator Delegate Fr Philip Marshall and Catholic Earthcare Bernard Holland (The Southern Cross)

Catholic agencies and parishes have plenty of good news stories to share about the work they are doing to "Care for our Common Home", according to Catholic Earthcare director Bernard Holland. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Fr Peter Dillon says tourists don’t get to see the underbelly of the Gold Coast (Bigstock)

The tragic death of a baby girl found washed up on a beach has highlighted a crisis of homelessness on the Gold Coast. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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