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Lights for the celebration of the Hindu festival, Diwali (Flickr/Abhinaba Basu)

The Vatican has sent a message marking the Hindu feast of Diwali, urging Christians and Hindus to go beyond mere tolerance of one another, and to foster a genuine mutual respect, CNA reports.

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A Guarani tribe member in the Amazon state of Matto Grosso, Brazil, 2007 (CNS)

Pope Francis has announced a special gathering of the Synod of Bishops to focus on evangelisation in the Amazon region, CNS reports.

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James Merlino (Facebook/James Merlino)

Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino will seek to put proposed voluntary euthanasia laws on indefinite hold because of concerns about lethal drug types and patient safeguards, the Herald Sun reports.

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Michaelia Cash in the Senate yesterday (SBS News screenshot)

With the October 31 closure of the Manus Island offshore detention centre looming, the Turnbull government has said asylum-seekers will be removed "by lawful means", SBS News reports.

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Masomeh, Patricia and Lou Gannon with the painted doors (The Southern Cross)

Women are helping to "open the door" and create awareness about domestic violence through art in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on November 25, The Southern Cross reports.

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Pope Francis addresses the United Nations FAO (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has urged the international community to talk less about chronic problems such as hunger, war and climate change, and do more to combat them, Crux reports.

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Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi (ACYF)

The two men behind the ground-breaking charity Orange Sky Australia, which offers a free mobile laundry service for the homeless, will be among the keynote speakers at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December, the festival announced.

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The second Vinnies night patrol van (Facebook/Vinnies ACT)

Rising homelessness in Canberra's outer suburbs has prompted the St Vincent de Paul Society to expand its service by adding a new night patrol van, The Canberra Times reports.

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David Haas at the APMN conference opening ceremony (The eRecord)

A national conference on pastoral music has highlighted its integral role in the Church's ritual, liturgy and prayer, The eRecord reports.

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Children of parents on benefits more likely to be on welfare by their 20s (Bigstock)

Children of parents on Centrelink benefits are almost twice as likely to be on benefits by their early 20s, than children of parents not on benefits, The Age reports.

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A woman takes a selfie in front of the banners of the new saints (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis canonised 35 new saints in the Catholic Church yesterday, saying that no matter how often we reject him, the Lord loves us and invites us to his heavenly banquet, CNA reports.

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Bambino Gesù hospital, Rome (Wikimedia Commons)

A Vatican court has convicted the former head of the Pope's children's hospital for diverting funds to the costly renovation of a top Cardinal's luxury apartment, Yahoo7 News reports.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has urged parishioners in a Sunday congregation at St Mary's Cathedral to maintain clarity about the definition of "real marriage", ABC News reports.

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Four People by Martin Manrique, pastels & acrylic on paper (Supplied)

St Lucy’s school in Wahroonga, NSW – a Catholic primary school for students with disabilities – is this week remembering the Manrique/Lutz family tragedy on the first anniversary of their tragic deaths, the school announced.

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Fatima celebrations at Thomastown West parish (Melbourne Catholic)

The 100th anniversary of Our Lady's final appearance at Fatima, Portugal, was celebrated across the world on Friday, including at St Clare's, Thomastown West, Melbourne Catholic reports.

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Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder, circa 1529 (Wikimedia)

The Reformation has been remembered for its seismic series of events and ideas at a special commemorative conference in Sydney last week, The Catholic Weekly reports.

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The dream of euthanasia without social damage is seductive and false (Bigstock)

The socially experimental state of Victoria, after a flawed process, proposes its gravest experiment — to allow doctors to terminate the lives of patients, writes Paul Kelly in The Weekend Australian.

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Sr Rita Malavisi with her 10th Melbourne Marathon medal (Supplied)

For 10 years, a Sister of St Joseph has been taking part in the annual Melbourne Marathon to raise much-needed money for the city's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, SBS News reports.

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Mass on Demand

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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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