Bakers and florists will not be able to refuse service to same-sex weddings (Bigstock)

Conservative senators are pushing for a handful of key amendments to same-sex marriage laws, aimed at boosting protections for parents, civil celebrants and faith-based charities, SBS News reports.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson will face a two-week hearing starting today over charges of concealing the child sex abuse offences of another priest, The Australian reports.

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Friars at the provincial chapter meeting in Sydney (Capuchin Friars Australia)

Fr Gerard O’Dempsey OFM Cap says it is “breathtaking” to be elected leader of the Australian province of the Capuchin Friars for the next three years, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Pope Francis greets children at Yangon airport yesterday (CNS/PaulHaring)

Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation’s bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar yesterday for a four-day visit, CNS reports.

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Pope Francis greets refugees in Bologna, Italy, last month (CNS/LOsservatore Romano)

In his message for the celebration of the 2018 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis says migration should not be seen as a threat but an opportunity to build peace, Vatican Radio reports.

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Paul OCallaghan in Kenya (Caritas Australia/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

Caritas Australia has expressed disappointment that the federal government did not use its foreign policy white paper to build on Australia’s record as a significant middle power across a range of world issues.

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Best practice is for charity collectors to wear ID (Bigstock)

The charity sector is on notice and needs to be more transparent about its use of third-party commission-based fundraisers, The Canberra Times reports.

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An anti-euthanasia protest at Parliament House, Melbourne (Twitter/Defining_Dying)

There is already pressure to expand the “safeguards” of Victoria's euthanasia legislation, writes Natasha Marsh in The Catholic Weekly.

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Loretta Wholley (Merici College)

Schools are struggling to cope with a sharp rise in anxiety, depression and self-harm among students as young as 10 years old, with one Catholic school principal saying Australia has reached a "crisis point", ABC News reports.

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The same-sex marriage bill will be debated this week (Bigstock)

Three Turnbull government assistant ministers have accused moderate colleagues of betraying Coalition voters over same-sex marriage by trading away promised protections for a deal with the Greens and Labor, The Australian reports.

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The development would house five residents (Pixabay)

A purpose-built home for people with complex needs could soon be constructed on Church property in South Bathurst if plans before Bathurst Regional Council are approved, The Western Advocate reports.

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Refugee protest in Adelaide yesterday (Twitter/dan_spencer123)

Humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières has been denied access to asylum-seekers on Manus Island in order to assess their health and wellbeing, despite having been granted approval earlier in the week, The Guardian reports.

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 A Bangladeshi girl takes part in a Christmas service in Bangladesh(CNS/Abir Abdullah, EPA)

As Bangladesh's small Catholic community eagerly awaits the first visit by a pope in more than 30 years, many say it has never been more difficult to practise their faith in the Muslim-majority country, Yahoo7 News reports.

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Al-Rawda mosque, Bir al-Abed, Egypt ​(Egypt Today)

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence for Friday's attack on a mosque in Egypt, which killed at least 235 people, Vatican Radio reports.

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the 2017 Advent Calendar app (Xt3)

With the launch of its latest Advent Calendar app, xt3 has entered its second decade of serving Catholics, not only in Australia but around the world, The Catholic Weekly reports.

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The estimator gives the same figure for each Catholic student (Bigstock)

Australians will be kept in the dark about taxpayer funds earmarked for individual Catholic schools after the Turnbull government quietly revamped its online funding estimator, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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Phil Butler, Australian Institute of Theological Education (AICD)

Religious congregation leaders and Catholic education and health sector board directors have come together to examine some of the key governance challenges facing the not-for-profit sector, BBI-TAITE reports.

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Doctors will be able to conscientiously object to assisted dying (Bigstock)

Most of Victoria's major hospitals are refusing to say whether they will allow their clinicians to prescribe euthanasia drugs when the practice is likely legalised in June 2019, The Age reports.

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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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