The press conference before the summit meeting on the protection of minors yesterday (Vatican Media)

Silence and denials are unacceptable when the Church is presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, said the Vatican’s top investigator of abuse cases. Source: CNS.

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Catholics in Manila attend Mass at the end of the Walk for Life on Saturday (ucanews.com/Joe Torres)

Thousands of Catholics took to the streets of several major cities across the Philippines on Saturday for the third annual “Walk for Life” march to voice concerns over threats to life. Source: ucanews.com.

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Pope Francis during the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences, which is due to take place later this week. Source: CNA.

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Ernesto Cardenal (Wikimedia/Roman Bonnefoy)

Pope Francis has lifted the canonical penalties imposed 34 years ago on Fr Ernesto Cardenal, 94, the Nicaraguan poet and former member of the Sandinista government. Source: Crux.

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Schools in Melbourne will be encouraged to purchase fair trade coffee (Bigstock)

A call to action has gone out to Catholic schools in Melbourne to consider purchasing fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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The report said Jobactive’s requirement that unemployed people apply for 20 jobs every month burdens employers (Bigstock)

Out-of-work Australians “suffer” under the Coalition’s $7.3b employment services program, according to a Senate report that has led welfare groups to accuse the government of imposing a “nightmare” on the unemployed. Source: The Guardian.

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Fr Frank  Brennan SJ (Facebook)

It’s time voters sent a message to politicians that boat turnbacks and the punitive treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers need not be a feature of the upcoming federal election, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Fr Adrian Sharp with Jane’s newborn baby (The Catholic Leader)

Since it was set up in 2012, Brisbane’s Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated safe house has helped many women birth their babies – and now it has had its first in-house delivery. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Senators Ian Macdonald and Penny Wong (Facebook/Ian Macdonald MP and Wikimedia/Fiona Richardson)

The push to protect LGBT students from discrimination in religious schools has suffered a setback with a Senate report calling the proposed bill “flawed”. Source: The Age.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge (CNS/Paul Haring)

In calling all of the presidents of bishops conferences from around the world to meet, Pope Francis is saying that child abuse and its concealment is a global issue, writes Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Source: The Weekend Australian.

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The meeting was described as a “positive experience” for those who attended (Bigstock)

About 80 people from the LGBTI community, including some prominent campaigners in the same-sex marriage debate, took part in a Plenary Council session run by the Melbourne Archdiocese earlier this month. Source: The Age.

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Genevieve Jacobs will emcee the event (CSSA)

More than 160 delegates will gather for the Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) National Conference in Port Macquarie this week. Source: Port Macquarie News.

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Bishop Greg O’Kelly said the bill would drastically reduce safeguards for the unborn (Bigstock)

Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ has urged South Australian Catholics to contact members of Parliament about proposed changes to the state's abortion laws. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Bishop Robert Wattebled celebrates the Mass of Reparation on February 13 in Nimes Diocese, France (Infocom Nîmes)

At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups. Source: CNA.

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Theodore McCarrick in April 2018 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has removed Theodore McCarrick from the priesthood after a Church trial found the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington guilty of sexually abusing minors. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis leads The Angelus in St Peter

In the beatitudes, Jesus “opens his eyes to us, makes us see with his gaze, beyond appearances, beyond the surface, and teaches us to discern situations with faith”, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address yesterday. Source: Vatican News.

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Paul Kaptein won the $25,000 Mandorla Art Award main prize in 2014 with this sculpture, Untitled. (The Record/Photo supplied)

A scriptural verse from the prophet Micah has been chosen as the theme for the 2020 Mandorla Art Awards, Australia’s most significant thematic religious art prize. Source: The Record.

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Mr Morrison denied he had opposed the idea of a royal commission (Bigstock)

Attorney-General Christian Porter has claimed agreement from the states would be required for a disability royal commission, as the Coalition prepares to back a motion calling for such an inquiry. Source: The Guardian.

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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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