Children wave Myanmar and Vatican flags at the papal Mass (CNS/Paul Haring)

Jesus’ love “is like a spiritual GPS” that guides people past the everyday obstacles of fear and pride and allows them to find their way to a relationship with God, Pope Francis said in Myanmar yesterday, CNS reports.

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Chris Riley and Grace Corcoran (ACU)

ACU undergraduate Grace Corcoran has won the prestigious New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarship, a unique initiative from the Australian government to strengthen ties between Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

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Notre Dame University

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A conservator cleans the edicule at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (CNS/Oded Balilty, National Geographic)

Scientific testing at the place believed to be Jesus' tomb dates material there to the fourth century AD, supporting traditional views of the site’s age, SBS News reports.

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Archbishop Denis Hart (Melbourne Catholic/Fiona Basile)

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said the passing of legislation enabling assisted dying for terminally ill persons in Victoria was "deeply regrettable and most disappointing", Melbourne Catholic reports.

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Bishop Gerard Holohan and acting ACCER chair Tony Farley with the report (ACBC)

Almost 220,000 people work in Catholic organisations across the country, a new report has found, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Dean Smith speaks to his bill in the Senate yesterday (ABC News)

Same-sex marriage is a step closer to becoming legal in Australia after the Senate voted 43-12 in favour of Liberal Senator Dean Smith's bill, The Australian reports.

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The rejected ad (America Magazine)

The Washington Archdiocese has filed a complaint in the US District Court after it was banned from advertising religious content on public buses, America Magazine reports.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (The Southern Cross)

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson will not resign in the wake of an Alzheimer's diagnosis, brought to light at a court hearing this week, ABC News reports.

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Lawyers spoke during a three-week hearing into abuse (Catholic.com)

British priests should be compelled to break the seal of the confessional in cases of child abuse, lawyers have told an national inquiry, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state was highlighted in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya, CNS reports.

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Traffickers have taken advantage of refugee crisis (CNA/Hernan Pinera)

The international community must join forces to eliminate human trafficking and its root causes, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said last week.

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Malcolm Turnbull (Facebook/Malcolm Turnbull)

Five amendments to Liberal Senator Dean Smith's same-sex marriage bill designed to broaden religious protections were defeated last night, The Australian reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Daniel Andrews and Jill Hennesy (Bigstock)

Opponents of Victoria's divisive voluntary assisted dying bill made another attempt to stop it as it re-entered the lower house, Yahoo7 News reports.

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Refusing baked goods at Christmas could be viewed as un-Christian (Pexels)

Advent is short this year. This is your warning! The fourth week of Advent is a whopping one day long – just Sunday – and Christmas is the very next day, writes Simcha Fisher in The Catholic Weekly.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was given a “working diagnosis” of Alzheimer’s disease two weeks before he was due to face court for failing to report child sexual abuse allegations to police, the Newcastle Herald reports.

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Palavra Viva members Cassia Chiarini Sampaio and Aline Rodrigues Ferreira (Hobart Archdiocese)

A group of Brazilian consecrated women are set to take over the running of a retreat centre in Launceston, as the Sisters of St Joseph withdraw from management of the site, the Hobart Archdiocese reports.

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Stina Constantine (Virtue Ministry)

A burgeoning Australian ministry that helps men and women develop an understanding of virtue will present at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney next week, Catholic Outlook reports.

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Robert Mugabe (Wikimedia/Al Jazeera English)

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference has said it has forgiven former president Robert Mugabe for his “transgressions” in office, Crux 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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