Bishop Stock says the report treats religion as a purely sociological matter (Catholic Herald)

A bishop has condemned a report on religious education in Britain, saying it has “little regard” for the Catholic Church and its recommendations are “unacceptable”. Source: Catholic Herald.

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The welfare card trial continues (ABC News/Nick Haggarty)

The federal Government is standing by its $18 million cashless welfare card trial, despite a report finding the evidence about its effectiveness is unreliable. Source: ABC News.

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Restoration works continue on frescos surrounding the Holy Stairs (CNS/Paul Haring)

For centuries, the faithful have climbed up the 28 steps of the Vatican’s Holy Stairs in prayer on their knees. But the popular devotion has been put on hold for an entire year for restoration. Source: CNS.

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Experts warn housing crisis for older Australians will get worse (Bigstock)

With the country’s older population forecast to double in coming decades, the authors of a new report launched by Senator Doug Cameron on Monday have called on policymakers to urgently address the problem. Source: Domain

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Pope Paul VI published Humane Vitae on July 25, 1968 (CNS)

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis reminds us that “we need to return to the message of the encyclical Humanae Vitae”, published 50 years ago this month, writes Steven Buhagiar. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pro-life supporters are planning a peaceful rally against the proposed abortion laws (The Catholic Leader)

Fierce debate is expected when a bill to decriminalise abortion is introduced into the Queensland Parliament next month. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Dominique Schuh with a Good Samaritan Kinder School pupil, Bacolod, the Philippines (The Good Oil)

Five young people from the Philippines are fulfilling their long-held hopes of going to university, thanks to a new tertiary scholarship program established by the Good Samaritan Sisters. Source: The Good Oil.

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Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako and Pope Francis (Crux/AP/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis has picked four bishops from what he calls the “peripheries” of the world – Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea – to preside over the October meeting of bishops focused on youth. Source: Crux.

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Positive and negative images of the Shroud (Wikimedia/Dianelos Georgoudis)

A new high-tech forensic study of the blood flows on the Shroud of Turin, the mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth, suggests that it is most likely a medieval fake. Source: News.com.au.

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Yesterday’s Google Doodle of Fr Georges Lemaître (Google)

If you conducted a Google search yesterday, you may have been surprised to see an animation of a Catholic priest featured as the day’s “Google Doodle”. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Indian police outside the Missionaries of Charity home in Ranchi, July 5 (CNS/Reuters)

Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop-designate Peter A. Comensoli (ACBC)

The incoming Archbishop of Melbourne has pledged himself to rebuilding trust in light of the clerical sexual abuse scandal. Source: The Tablet.

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The prayer service at St Volodymyr’s yesterday (Embassy of Ukraine)

A prayer service was held in Canberra yesterday to mark four years since the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine. Source: Canberra Times.

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Pope Francis celebrates the wedding (CNA/Fr Arnoldo Rodrigues)

Pope Francis surprised wedding guests on Saturday when he celebrated a marriage being held at a small chapel in the Vatican Gardens. Source: CNA.

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Ordination Mass of 47 seminarians in Peru. ACN supported their studies (ACN)

More than $182 million was donated to Aid to the Church in Need from worldwide benefactors in 2017 to help the pontifical charity in its mission to support the poor and the persecuted.

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St Mary’s Cathedral Sale (Cathedral website)

Victoria’s largest ever child sexual abuse group action was set to be launched yesterday against the Sale Diocese. Source: Gippsland Times.

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Ormond Rush and Joel Hodge (ACU, ABC News)

People will soon be able to enrol in a short study course on the Plenary Council 2020 at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and other cities. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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The resource will help the laity in contributing to the pastoral needs of the Church (ACBC)

Lay pastoral ministers in Australia will receive a new resource to support their crucial work in the “building up of the body of Christ for the sake of mission". Source: The Catholic Leader.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. 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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