Pope Francis plants a tree during his visit to the New Horizons Community in Frosinone, Italy (CNS/Vatican Media via Reuters)

Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican yesterday to spend the day with members of an Italian lay community, the young people in recovery they assist and tenor Andrea Bocelli. Source: Crux.

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Participants at the communications course last week (ucanews.com)

A diocese in northern Vietnam has started training parishioners how to become reporters so they can help promote evangelisation and share Church news with local people. Source: ucanews.com.

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The event will be now be held at a parish hall (Supplied)

A Sydney RSL club has cancelled a pro-life forum involving New South Wales Liberal MPs, citing the need to “protect the club from any potential damage to its brand”. Source: The Australian.

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ACU’s Book of the Year (Supplied)

Trainee paramedics, aspiring lawyers and student teachers will be among those required to read a novel under a new Australian Catholic University program that recognises fiction can build empathy. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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0925schoo-The introduction of a Year 6 class and mid-term Reception intake have boosted enrolments at St Martin de Porres School-Sheidow Park-THe Southern Cross

The introduction of mid-year reception intakes and the transition of year 7 students to secondary school settings are having a positive impact on enrolments at Catholic schools in South Australia. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Archbishop Julian Porteous (ACBC)

The proposed federal religious anti-discrimination bill offers protections currently lacking in Tasmania, writes Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous. Source: The Mercury.

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Illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil (Vatican Media)

The Holy See is calling for urgent action to protect the world’s rainforests, saying their rapid destruction is not only an environmental crisis, but also a social and an ethical one. Source: Vatican News.

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St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, following the Easter Sunday bombing on April 21 (CNS/Reuters)

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a new five-member commission to investigate the Easter Sunday bombings. Source: ucanews.com.

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Scott Morrison says consultation on the bill is going “really, really well” (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is open to changes to his Government’s religious freedom bill amid concerns from business and politicians from other parties. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Pope Francis with members of the Dicastery for Communication (Vatican Media)

Catholic journalists need to be able to distinguish good from evil and recognise how their words can shape the world, not just describe what has happened, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis delivers his video message the UN Climate Action Summit (CNS/Vatican Media)

The international community must ramp up its efforts if it expects to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, Pope Francis said overnight. Source: CNS.

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Rebekha Sharkie and Toby oConnor (Facebook/makemayomatter and Vinnies Australia)

A Government plan to force people with more than $18,000 in savings to wait months before accessing welfare benefits will struggle to pass Parliament, with a key crossbencher slamming the move as “short-sighted”. Source: The Guardian.

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Professor Michele Riondino (ACU)

Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor and president Greg Craven last week launched the Thomas More Law School’s new Canon Law Centre at the ACU North Sydney campus.

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The Faith and Light signing choir (Catholic Voice)

Since 1984, Canberra’s Faith and Light community has celebrated “the gifts and rich inner life” of people with intellectual disability and their families. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Bishop Brian Mascord with year 12 students (CEDOW)

Wollongong Bishop Brian Mascord discussed leadership, inclusivity and owning your choices when he met more than 2000 students to mark their final year at secondary school. Source: Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong.

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The Men’s Hub program has the backing of local police (Bigstock)

A new Centacare Family Services program for men in Geraldton is expected to reduce family violence rates. Source: The West Australian.

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Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS/Paul Haring)

A prestigious German theological monthly has shed new light on the ongoing row between the German Church and elements in the Vatican over the Church’s plans for a “synodal procedure”. Source: The Tablet.

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Since its launch in 1996, 260,000 people have taken part in the Seasons for Growth program (Supplied)

A ground-breaking children's program about loss and change, run by MacKillop Family Services’ Good Grief, featured in a breakfast showcase at New South Wales Parliament House last week.

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