The World Watch List reports persecution of Christians worldwide increased for the sixth straight year (Open Doors)

One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a “shocking increase” of religious-based threats and violence across the world, a global advocacy group said this week. Source: SBS News.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at the St John Paul II National Shrine in Washington (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

About half of Australia’s 1000 World Youth Day Panama pilgrims have made a pre-WYD stop in Washington DC to take part in the annual March for Life today. Source: CNS.

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Council of Australian Catholic Women members Sue Schulz, left, Fr David Ranson, Trish Madigan OP, Vicky Burrows, Gemma Cruz and Carole Gan (ACBC)

Women from across Australia will meet in Adelaide next month to be part of shaping the Church of the future. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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An anti-trafficking sign in Valletta, Malta (CNS/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)

Two new Vatican documents have emphasised the need to step up international collaboration and prosecution of human traffickers, while also providing support to victims. Source: Crux.

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Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots (IMDB)

It is almost 50 years since Vanessa Redgrave appeared in the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, with Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth. Source: ACOFB.

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Australia has almost 1.8 million people looking for a job or for more work (Bigstock)

What if there was a way to give everyone who wanted to work a full-time job, asks Catholic Social Services Australia’s Joe Zabar. Source: Pro Bono Australia.

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Dr Peter Steer (The Catholic Leader)

The distinguished medical career of Peter Steer began at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital and this month he will become the Mater Group’s new chief executive officer. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The new school will eventually cater to more than 875 students (Bigstock)

Education in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley is set to expand, with Brisbane Catholic Education announcing its plans to open a secondary college at Plainland in 2021. Source: Gatton Star.

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Children in Papua New Guinea with the children’s Bible (ACN)

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its children’s Bible, God Speaks to His Children.

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Pope Francis greets children dressed as the Three Kings during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

On the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis has reminded the faithful that “ecumenism is not something optional”. Source: Vatican News.

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Theresa May, centre, in Parliament yesterday (CNS/Jessica Taylor, UK Parliament/Reuters)

Britain is in an “amazing political mess” over Brexit, an English bishop said yesterday. Source: CatholicPhilly.com.

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Then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2010-CNS-PaulHaring

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Washington’s retired archbishop, has apologised for what he called a “lapse of memory,” clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, but had “forgotten” about it. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Palliative care patient Liz Murphy with St Vincent’s Hospital

Palliative care patients at a Catholic hospital in Melbourne will be treated with the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms in a bid to reduce their anxiety during end-of-life care. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Items dumped outside a Vinnies charity bin in Sydney (ABC News/Penny Timms)

While January is traditionally the biggest material donation month for charities, the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” craze is putting charities under extra pressure. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Screenshots of the Missal App (The Masso Foundation)

A new Missal app tailored for Australian congregations, including local readings and responses, has been released for Android devices. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Mary MacKillop College principal Kath McGuigan and CESA director Neil McGoran with incoming Year 7 students at a transition day (The Southern Cross)

The start of the 2019 school year will also herald new beginnings for Catholic education in South Australia as year 7 becomes part of secondary schooling. Source: The Southern Cross.

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William Barr at the confirmation hearing on Tuesday (YouTube)

US President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, said he does not think his Catholic faith is an impediment to leading the Department of Justice. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis with former Vatican spokesperson Fr Frederico Lombardi SJ, who will be moderator for the plenary sessions (CNS/Paul Haring)

A summit at the Vatican to address child sexual abuse next month will include both a penitential liturgy and testimonies from survivors. Source: Crux.

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