Shaman Isidoro Jajoy blesses attendees of the preparatory meeting in Bogota, Colombia, for the October Synod of Bishops for the Amazon (CNS/Manuel Rueda)

Bishops, nuns, priests and residents of the Amazon basin met in Colombia’s capital city in mid-August to prepare for a special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon this fall at the Vatican. Source: CNS.

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Christian Porter (ABC News/Matt Roberts)

Federal Cabinet will vote this week on draft proposals for a religious discrimination act amid concern from conservative Liberal MPs the bill will not go far enough to protect faith freedoms. Source: The Australian.

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Pope Francis holds up a monstrance during Eucharistic Adoration at 2019 World Youth Day in Panama City, January (CNS/Paul Haring)

Prayer in adoration of God and service to others spreads the fire of God’s love, changing the world one heart at a time, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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CCSP says the abortion bill devalues human life (Bigstock)

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT is urging all parents to speak up in opposition to proposed legislation to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales.

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Asheriya Charan and Michael McVeigh (Australian Catholics)

Family stories of courage, determination and faith are in abundance among the winning entries of this year’s Australian Catholics Young Journalist Award. Source: Australian Catholics.

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Josie Farrer and Fr Joseph Parkinson (Twitter/Josie Farrer MP and St John of God Health Care)

West Australian MPs will hear the voices of Indigenous Australians opposed to euthanasia in a series of video messages to be distributed by the Church. Source: The West Australian.

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Australasian Peace Education Symposium participants (EREA)

Educators from Australia and New Zealand gathered in Melbourne last week for the Australasian Peace Education Symposium. Source: Edmund Rice Education Australia.

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Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli (ACBC)

What is worth protecting and fighting for? The answer to that question is straightforward: our children, writes Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli. Source: The Age.

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Leadership for Mission program 2018-2019 participants (ACBC)

A specialised leadership program for Catholic women in Australia has been selected for inclusion on a Vatican website promoting best practices in lay formation. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Caritas Australia says climate change is a threat to the livelihood of people in the Pacific (Caritas)

The Morrison Government’s Pacific climate aid package goes only some of the way to addressing the call for Australia to take stronger action to reduce emissions, according to Caritas Australia.

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MP Libby Mettam said the number of full-time palliative care nurses in the region needed to be doubled (Bigstock)

A Liberal MP has slammed the McGowan Government for slashing palliative care funding in regional Western Australia by 5.5 per cent. Source: The West Australian.

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Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis announced yesterday that he will give 6,000 blessed rosaries to Catholic communities in Syria as a sign of his closeness on the Marian Feast of the Assumption. Source: CNA.

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Les Murray (Wikimedia/Kritzolina)

A work by the celebrated Australian poet Les Murray will feature in the inaugural Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in October last year (CNS/Mark Dadswell, Reuters)

Cardinal George Pell will learn his fate next Wednesday when the Court of Appeal hands down its decision on whether to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions. Source: The Age.

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Julie Zarifeh in Camino Skies (IMDB/Noel Smyth)

Camino Skies is the kind of film that will bring back many memories for those who have walked the Spanish Camino, particularly the route across the top of Spain from the Pyrenees to Compostela. Source: ACOFB.

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Don't miss your chance to have a say on CathNews! The subscriber survey deadline has been extended until next Friday, August 23.

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Members of the Plenary Council Executive Committee and the Bishops Commission in Adelaide this week (The Southern Cross)

The Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council and its executive committee have met in Adelaide for the first time, 14 months before the Council’s opening session in the South Australian capital. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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(CNS/Chaz Muth)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli did a great service to the debate when he said explicitly that he would go to jail rather than break the seal of the confessional, writes Greg Sheridan. Source: The Australian.

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