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Tree was more than 200 years old (Twitter)

A huge tree has crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, killing 12 people and injuring 52 others, The Australian reports.

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The Assumption of Mary, Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome ceiling (Livioandronico)

In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world, CNS reports.

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Workshop will discuss the environment, social justice and ethical issues (Bigstock)

The Vatican will host a workshop in November to discuss the relationship between climate change, pollution and people, Zenit reports.

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Victim-offender conferencing has been introduced in the NT (Bigstock)

A new Jesuit program in Darwin sees young offenders meet with the victims of their crimes as an alternative to being jailed, ABC News reports.

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Archbishop Denis Hart (ACBC)

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said he would risk going to jail rather than report allegations of child sexual abuse raised during confession, The Guardian reports.

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Gerald Ridsdale (Royal commission screenshot)

A young girl was woken from her bed and driven by her father to be left with paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale who then sexually abused her, a court has heard, The Age reports.

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Debate has become a harsh slanging match (Bigstock)

For most of us, the assisted dying debate is not black and white, writes John Watkins in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Crisis Centre manager Penny Ogden, Nick Reade and Cathy Beaton (Vinnies SA)

A new centre that will provide emergency accommodation uniquely tailored to women in crisis will open in Adelaide’s inner-northern suburbs next month, The Southern Cross reports.

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Fr Ignacio Gutierrez with Sergio Duran (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

Latin American students living in Brisbane can’t afford to buy food because employers are underpaying them, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Notre Dame University

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A mural of Oscar Romero in El Paso, Texas (CNS/Octavio Duran)

The archbishop officially promoting Blessed Oscar Romero’s cause for sainthood said he hoped the process would conclude within a year and Catholics around the world will honour St Oscar Romero, martyr, CNS reports.

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Florists and bakers would be protected under the amendment (Dreamstime)

An amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act that aims to protect businesses that refuse to supply services to same-sex weddings will be put to the Senate today, The Australian reports.

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Putting yourself is someone else

Could using a thought experiment help politicians make a just decision on whether welfare recipients should undergo mandatory drug testing, asks Daniel Fleming on Eureka Street.

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Archbishop Denis Hart says protections for confession should be respected (CNS)

The Church has signalled it will oppose any move to force priests to report details of child sexual abuse received during confession, despite calls from the royal commission on child abuse to make it a legal requirement, ABC News reports.

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St John XXIII (Wikimedia)

The North Korea missile threat to Guam evokes memories of St John XXIII, who helped prevent a nuclear war with a passionate appeal for peace, writes John Allen on Crux.

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Some Martin Place tent city dwellers are still sleeping rough (Bigstock)

About a dozen people from the disbanded homeless tent city in Martin Place are again sleeping rough in Sydney just days after striking a deal for more suitable accommodation, 9news.com.au reports.

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Peter Dutton (Wikimedia)

Detention centre workers will no longer face the threat of imprisonment for revealing abuses against asylum-seekers if amendments to the Border Force Act are passed, SBS News reports.

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Helping women across the globe (Caritas Australia)

Women from around Australia are joining forces with Caritas Australia as part of a global sisterhood aimed at raising money and awareness for women living in poverty, the charity reports.

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Notre Dame University

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A sreenshot of the ChurchPop website

The founder of a website that aims to be a Christian version of pop culture website Buzzfeed says there's a need to build up the Catholic faith online, reports Catholic Outlook.

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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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