The caravan of migrants from Central America marching towards the United States (CNS/Ueslei Marclino, Reuters)

As a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continues its trek north to the United States, the US bishops and Catholic aid agencies have urged government officials to treat migrants compassionately. Source: CNA.

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The schools are concerned the overhaul of anti-discrimination laws would undermine the ability of children to receive a religious education (Bigstock)

Anglican school principals are urging federal MPs to resist pressure to protect gay teachers by overhauling anti-discrimination laws, a move they warn would undermine their faith’s core “ethos and values”. Source: The Australian.

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At least four Melbourne law firms have been briefed by survivors seeking to challenge the validity of Church settlements (Bigstock)

Victorian survivors of clerical abuse who previously received modest ex gratia payments from the Church will now attempt to sue the Church for further compensation. Source: The Age.

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias (CNS/Anto Akkara)

Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals has suggested that the Pontiff reorganise the Vatican to make a “decisive shift” toward putting the city-state at the service of dioceses around the world. Source: NCR Online.

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The Coalition plan would see parents given a choice about children learning about religion at school (Bigstock)

The Victorian Coalition has promised to bring religious education back into class time in government schools if it wins next month’s state election. Source: ABC News.

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The Sydney Archdiocese Plenary Working Group Tertiary Sub-Committee (ACU)

People working in tertiary ministry within the Sydney Archdiocese gathered last week to share their thoughts and take part in the Plenary Council 2020 process. Source: Australian Catholic University.

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Bishop Bill Wright (left) and Anglican Bishop Peter Stuart (MNnews Today)

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright and his Anglican counterpart Bishop Peter Stuart came together last week to discuss common concerns of both churches, writes Fr Terry Horne. Source: MNnews Today.

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Fr Morgan Batt (ACBC Media Blog)

The surf beaches of Queensland are a far cry from scaling the world’s highest mountains, but Burleigh Heads parish priest and mountaineer Fr Morgan Batt sees the connections. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Daniel Ang (timeofthechurch.com)

Changing the culture of parishes to support “discipleship” is one of the primary challenges facing the Church in Australia, an Adelaide gathering was told earlier this month. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The playground at Louise Place, Adelaide (Centacare)

Pregnant girls will have a “peaceful place” to escape to at a Catholic refuge in Adelaide, thanks to the installation of a new nature playground. Source: The Advertiser.

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Pope Francis greets journalists on the papal plane (CNS/Paul Haring)

The role of a news service operated by a bishops’ conference is to promote a “communion of information,” sending news out to dioceses and sharing their news as well, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Volunteers celebrate the launch of the WA ACRATH office yesterday (ACRATH)

The voice of trafficked women in Australia will continue to be heard with the official opening of a new anti-trafficking office in Perth yesterday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Cardinal Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan signs the joint statement on climate change.  Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

Six bishops representing bishops' conferences on five continents issued a joint statement calling on the international community to take immediate action against climate change. Source: CNS.

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Sr Patricia Fox with supporters after she was arrested in April (CNS/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Authorities in the Philippines have announced that Australian missionary Sr Patricia Fox, who was earlier arrested and ordered to be deported, has only a few days left before her visa expires. Source: ucanews.com.

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The funds will enable charities to help more people organise their finances (Bigstock)

As pressure grows on families to make ends meet, Catholic charities and other organisations in Western Australia have received extra funds to expand financial counselling services. Source: Perth Now.

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Bishop Michael McKenna (ACBC)

As the New South Wales Government wrestles with changes to the state’s abortion laws, Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna says mothers should be free from any criminal prosecution. Source: Western Advocate.

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Flower dancing at the Vietnamese Marian Festival in Sydney (In The Word)

More than 10,000 members of Australia’s Vietnamese Catholic community came together in Sydney recently for a three-day festival to celebrate Mary, the Mother of God. Source: In the Word.

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Principal John Murphy with Bishop Bill Wright in the Benedict Building at St Bede’s (MNNews.Today)

A cutting-edge building, designed with the changing methods of teaching and learning in mind, was unveiled yesterday at Maitland-Newcastle Diocese’s newest secondary school. Source: MNnews Today.

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