St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, was one of the places of worship attacked on Easter Sunday (CNS/Reuters)

A former Sri Lankan defence chief who is a front-runner in next month’s presidential election says if he wins he’ll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission. Source: Crux.

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Cardinal Claudio Hummes says Mass in the Catacombs of Domitilla yesterday (Crux/Ines San Martin)

Some 40 bishops participating in the Amazon Synod gathered in the Catacombs of St Domitilla in Rome yesterday to renew a Vatican II pact signed by 42 prelates in 1965 calling for a poor Church. Source: Crux.

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Danny Casey (Catholic Super)

Catholic Super and Equipsuper will formally launch their $26 billion joint venture today and have begun discussions with other funds that could expand the assets under management. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis (right) celebrates Mass for World Mission Day yesterday (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this love with the world, Pope Francis said at Mass yesterday for World Mission Day. Source: CNA.

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Fr Justin Glyn SJ (Eureka Street)

What does it mean to be a priest with a disability? I don’t really know, since I don’t know what it is to be a priest without one, writes Fr Justin Glyn SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Bishop Pat O’Regan, left, Lana Turvey-Collins, Sophy Morley and Sharon Brewer at the Sale Diocesan Assembly (Sale Diocese)

More than 300 people attended the opening of the recent Sale Diocesan Assembly, the first such gathering in the Victorian diocese for 17 years.

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Most young refugees in the study lost education and work opportunities because of lack of secure housing (Bigstock)

An Australian Catholic University study of young refugees has found many go through a period of homelessness because of the lack of appropriate resettlement services. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Fr Martin Newell speaks from the roof of a train at Shadwell Station in London (Extinction Rebellion/Vladimir Morozov)

Christian clergy were among the protestors who disrupted London Underground services last week to push for action on climate change. Source: The Tablet.

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Cardinal John Tong (CNS/Francis Wong)

The Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong is urging increasingly-violent demonstrators to regain their inner peace and to carry out protests peacefully. Source: Vatican News.

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Catholic Education Services’ Sally Towns, left, JCU’s Sandra Harding, David Craig and Bishop James Foley at the school site at JCU (Supplied)

When built, a proposed four-storey vertical Catholic school in the grounds of James Cook University is expected to deliver an Australian-first for the Cairns education sector. Source: Cairns Post.

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Under the proposal, 5000 people on either Newstart or Youth Allowance would have their saliva, urine or hair tested for drugs (ABC News/Jonathan Beal)

Legislation underpinning the Morrison Government’s drug testing of Australians on welfare has passed the first parliamentary hurdle. Source: The Australian.

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Fr Justino Sarmento Rezende (CNS/Paul Haring)

One of the few indigenous priests participating in this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon has weighed in on the issue of celibacy, saying it is a virtue everyone can live. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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A soldier guards St Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Jakarta at Easter (ucanews/Konradus Epa)

Indonesian bishops have called on Catholics to beef up security during Masses this weekend following a warning by the national police chief of possible terrorist attacks on churches ahead of the presidential inauguration. Source: ucanews.org.

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Aaron Stonehouse left, Kyle McGinn and Martin Aldridge have indicated they will support the  bill (Parliament of Western Australia)

The “undecided” cohort of West Australian MPs has dwindled as more upper house members have indicated they will vote in favour of the McGowan Government’s euthanasia laws. Source: The West Australian.

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Tony Bleasdale, left, and Professor Greg Craven officially sign off on the blueprint for the new ACU Blacktown campus (Supplied)

A university campus in Blacktown in greater western Sydney is a step closer to becoming a reality after Australian Catholic University and Blacktown Council officially signed off on the plans. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (IMDB)

Based loosely on a character from the DC Comics Extended Universe, Joker is a dark study of a disturbed man’s psyche and is a cautionary moral tale. Source: ACOFB.

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Sr Monica Cavanagh (SOSJ)

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart have this week elected a new congregational leadership team to take forward the congregation’s vision for the next six years.

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The report said electricity disconnection numbers were on the rise despite the fact they should only occur as a last resort (Bigstock)

New analysis of electricity disconnections data over three years showed a number of rural and regional areas were struggling to keep the lights on, a St Vincent de Paul Society report revealed. Source: ABC News.

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