Mark Bailey and Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Facebook/Mark Bailey MP and ACBC)

A Queensland Government minister has hit back at Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge over comments criticising proposed laws that would compel priests to report the confessions of child abusers. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Cassandra Goldie (ACOSS)

With fresh food prices tipped to rise as a result of bushfires, a welfare advocate says the Government must do more to ensure struggling households can put food on the table. Source: The New Daily.

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Pope Francis leaves the final session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican in October (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has completed work on his highly anticipated response to last year’s Vatican gathering of Catholic bishops from the Amazon. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope Francis kneels at the feet of Sudanese leaders at the Vatican last year in an appeal for peace (CNS Vatican Media via Reuters)

The warring factions in South Sudan have agreed to a ceasefire while committing themselves to work for lasting peace in the country following a summit in Rome. Source: The Tablet.

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Fr Giorgio Licini (The Catholic Leader)

Sleep deprivation could be a form of torture being used on asylum-seekers detained in Papua New Guinea’s Bomana detention centre, a local priest has claimed. Source: Radio New Zealand.

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Professor James Keenan SJ (left) and Fr Hans Zollner SJ (Boston College and ACBC)

International theologians and ethicists, including four Australians, will gather in Rome in March for a meeting on understanding and responding to the Church’s sexual abuse crisis. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell (IMDB/Lionsgate)

Bombshell is a dramatic look inside the controversial Fox News media empire and tells the story of the women who brought down the man who created it. Source: ACOFB.

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Fr Kim Son Nguyen and Paul Calleja with the book (The eRecord/Matthew Lau)

A Perth priest has written a book describing his family’s 10-year quest for freedom from communist-controlled Vietnam. Source: The eRecord.

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Nick Brodie (Hardie Grant Publishing)

Debates about priestly celibacy are almost as old as the Catholic priesthood itself, but they should be a feature of Australia's upcoming Plenary Council, writes Nick Brodie. Source: Eureka Street.

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Lorraine McCarthy leads participants in an Alpha training weekend in Sydney

An evangelisation program based on questions, food, prayer and good conversation is encouraging Catholics in their faith. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Scholars review materials in the Vatican Apostolic Archives (CNS/Vatican Apostolic Archives)

After decades of anticipation, the Vatican archives are ready to welcome scores of scholars wishing to study documents related to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Source: NCR Online.

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Asylum-seekers inside the detention centre at Nauru, 2019 (ABC News/Department of Immigration)

A new report on human rights has taken Australia to task over a range of issues, including asylum-seekers, aged care, media freedom and Indigenous rights. Source: SBS News.

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias (CNS/Anto Akkara)

Most Christians in India will remember the year 2019 as challenging, with an increasing number of attacks on religious minorities in general and Christians specifically, writes Andreas Thonhauser. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Fr Baiyi Gong (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

A Brisbane parish is working on the assumption that God’s love shouldn’t be hidden inside the church, inviting locals of other faith traditions to visit. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge says forcing priests to report confessions of child abuse would be akin to making clergy agents of the state (CNS/Chaz Muth)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has hit out at proposed laws that would compel Queensland priests to report the confessions of child abusers. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Dr Francesca Di Giovanni at the United Nations (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has broken a Vatican glass ceiling by appointing the first female manager at the Holy See’s Secretariat of State. Source: The Tablet.

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Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall yesterday (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

While often persecuted and misunderstood, the Church never tires of announcing the love of God made present in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Fr Mykola Bychok CSsR (ACBC)

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Mykola Bychok CSsR the third Eparch of Sts Peter and Paul of Melbourne for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia and New Zealand. Source: ACBC.

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