Pope Francis blows on a flame of peace presented by the an activist organisation during his general audience in St Peter’s Square yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Christians have faith in a God who wants to and is able to transform the world, conquering evil with good, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Jacinta Collins (Catholic Voice)

Catholic schools are appealing to the Commonwealth for a boost in capital grants to help provide for an expected surge in enrolments in the coming decade. Source: The Australian.

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A woman walks through floodwaters in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique  (CNS/Josh Estey, Care International via Reuters)

Two boys at a Catholic boarding school in Zimbabwe are among the more than 300 people confirmed dead in the aftermath of a cyclone that slammed into Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Source: CNS.

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The Bishops Conferences of England, Wales and Scotland are to maintain their observer statuses at Comece, the commission representing the European Union’s Catholic bishops, after Brexit. Source: The Tablet.

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Opposition frontbencher Kyam Maher hopes to introduce a bill in 2020 (Bigstock)

Legalising voluntary euthanasia will be investigated by a South Australian parliamentary committee, after a vote in 2016 to allow it was narrowly defeated. Source: The Advertiser.

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Daniel  Andrews (Bigstock)

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged the idea of opening Parliament with a multi-faith ceremony instead of the Lord’s Prayer. Source: ABC News.

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The Tasmanian Coalition for Kids wants Parliament to defer debate on gender laws (Facebook)

Under proposed changes before Tasmania's Parliament, 16-year-olds can change gender and name without parental approval, writes Ben Smith from the Tasmanian Coalition for Kids. Source: The Examiner.

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Sr Angela Mary Doyle with Springfield City Group chairman Maha Sinnathamby at the International Women’s Day event (The Catholic Leader)

Mercy Sister Angela Mary Doyle is a legend in Australian health care and she used International Women’s Day to spread a much-needed message about the stigma attached to perinatal mental health issues. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Peter Turner (Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong)

“The future has a name and that name is hope,” Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong director Peter Turner told more than 800 staff gathered at this year’s Diocesan Education Mass.

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Fr Amado Picardal CSsR (CSsR News)

A Filipino priest who relocated in fear for his life has warned fellow priests to take threats seriously but not to be cowed from speaking the truth. Source: ucanews.com.

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Bishop Iuliu Hossu depicted on a 2018 Romanian stamp (Wikimedia)

Pope Francis has recognised the martyrdom of an Italian missionary killed in Myanmar and seven Romanian Catholic bishops persecuted during the communist era. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope Francis with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said Pope Francis would not accept his resignation following his conviction for covering up clerical sexual abuse. Source: Crux.

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The emergency department at Calvary Bruce Hospital in Canberra will be upgraded by December (Calvary)

Works to expand the strained emergency department at Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra are poised for completion in December. Source: Canberra Times.

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Dr Omar Khorshid (AMAWA)

Western Australia’s leading medical lobby group has raised concerns there will not be enough time for public debate on euthanasia laws after the state Government released a discussion paper for community consultation. Source: The West Australian.

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Claire Victory (Vinnies Austraila)

Adelaide solicitor Claire Victory has been elected the first female national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council.

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Flowers and signs at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand (CNS/Edgar Su, Reuters)

New Zealand’s Christian church leaders gathered in Wellington yesterday to express their “profound horror at the terrible violence” towards Muslim people in Christchurch mosques last Friday. Source: Scoop NZ.

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Deacon Boniface Perdjert (Unity Magazine/Mark Crocombe)

The Catholic bishops of Australia have paid tribute to the deep spirituality and decades of service of Deacon Boniface Perdjert following his death on Monday. Source: ACBC.

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Julie Moran with her new book, Saving the Bishop (The Catholic Leader/Joe Higgins)

Brisbane Catholic Julie Moran discovered a novel way to teach the sacraments – through writing an action-adventure book. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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