Msgr Dario Vigano (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Vatican plans to launch its new multimedia communications website before Christmas, although the Vatican Radio and Vatican Television Centre sites will stay accessible as archives, Crux reports.

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David Seymour (ACT)

A bill to allow assisted dying in New Zealand has passed its first reading by a significant margin of 76 votes to 44, the NZ Herald reports.

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Pope Francis at his weekly audience yesterday (CNS/Reuters)

Just like a plant needs sun and nourishment to survive, every Christian needs the light of Sunday and the sustenance of the Eucharist to truly live, says Pope Francis, reports CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take the NAPLAN test each year (Pexels)

The 2017 NAPLAN report helps paint a small part of a much larger picture of learning in Australian schools, but we shouldn’t get carried away with the data, says the National Catholic Education Commission.

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A church health worker with a patient in PNG (Christian Health Services)

Churches in Papua New Guinea have warned they will soon be forced to shut down rural health services because the government has not paid staff salaries, ABC News reports.

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Fiji benefits from the Global Gifts program (Caritas Australia/Richard Wainwright)

Caritas Australia is encouraging Australians to help bring about change in some of the world’s poorest communities this Christmas through its Global Gifts program, Aurora Magazine reports.

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Health professionals in Darwin last month call for action for refugees  (Twitter/Kon_K)

Australia's top medical colleges are demanding the Turnbull Government immediately provide health care to the asylum-seekers forced out of the closed Manus Island detention centre, The Age reports.

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Volunteers Charles Spong and Faye Cooke (The Southern Cross)

For Adelaide Catholic volunteer Charles Spong the secret to growing beautiful roses has nothing to do with green thumbs – you just need to talk to them, he tells The Southern Cross.

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Bishop Emeritus John Gerry in 2015 (The Catholic Leader/AdrianTaylor)

Brisbane Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop John Gerry died yesterday aged 90 after a short illness, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced on the Archdiocese's website.

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Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Walter Kasper has declared that he hopes that the "painful dispute" over the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is now over, The Tablet reports.

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The royal commission in session (Child abuse royal commission website)

The Turnbull government cannot afford to bury the recommendations of the child sex abuse royal commission over summer, warns Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief Francis Sullivan, The Australian reports.

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Pope Francis at San Giovanni Hospital, Rome   (CNS/LOsservatore Romano)

The Church’s care for the sick is an antidote to “the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise,” says Pope Francis, reports CNS.

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Johnathan Thurston (The Catholic Leader)

Rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston has been invited to speak at a North Queensland parish’s annual Aboriginal Cultural Mass next year, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Mateusz Morawiecki ( Polish Government)

Poland’s new Prime Minister has called on the European Union to return to its “proper values” and traditional Christian roots, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal George Pell will face a committal hearing next year, with two weeks set aside for the complainants to give their evidence, a Melbourne court has heard, reports ABC News.

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Emmaus College, Vermont South (Facebook/Emmaus College)

Catholic school parents in Victoria have been hit with large tuition fee rises after their schools were stripped of hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding, The Age reports.

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Sr Maria Casey RSJ, Fr Nicola Mapelli and Katherine Aigner (ACBC)

A new book celebrates the prominent place of Indigenous Australian art and culture on display at the Vatican Museums, ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Christxt puts a digital spin on the first Christmas (Bible Society Australia)

A new mobile messaging service aims to provide a "fly on the wall" account of the Nativity story, Broken Bay Diocese reports.

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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