The Royal Commission released its final report in December 2017 (Royal Commission)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia will today formally respond to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations. Source: SBS News.

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People pray for rain in Esk (The Catholic Leader)

Rain across parts of southern Queensland has lifted spirits in many dry farming regions, especially in the town of Esk, where a day of prayer for rain has been a galvanising celebration. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Pietro Parolin (CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano have created tension in the Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, the Vatican secretary of state said. Source: CNA.

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Jimmy Barnes (Universal Pictures Australia)

Jimmy Barnes, both the frontman for Cold Chisel and a solo artist, is one of this country’s most successful singers. This documentary offers viewers insight into his life. Source: ACOFB.

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Venezuelans waiting to cross into Colombia in February (CNS/Jaime Saldarriaga, Reuters)

As the plight of Venezuelans worsens, and neighbouring countries crack down on those trying to flee, Catholic leaders in the region are calling for solidarity and aid. Source: CNA.

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Homelessness stereotypes may lead women to not self-identity as experiencing homelessness (Bigstock)

The number of older women experiencing homelessness has risen 31 per cent since 2011, according to new research. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Riot police stand guard during the protest in Chemnitz, Germany (CNS/Matthias Rietschel, Reuters)

German Catholic leaders have condemned anti-immigrant riots in an east Germany town that erupted after a German man was killed in a brawl with migrants. Source: Crux.

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Sr Patricia Fox (CNS/Mark R Cristino/EPA)

The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration has reaffirmed its intention to deport Australian missionary Sr Patricia Fox after earlier ordering her to leave the country. Source: ucanews.com.

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Eileen Piper shows Archbishop Peter Comensoli a photo of her daughter Stephanie (ABC News/Dylan Anderson)

In his first public speech since his installation as Archbishop of Melbourne, Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has been confronted by the 93-year-old mother of an abuse victim who took her own life in 1994. Source: ABC News.

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The automated roll-call technology aims to save teachers time (LoopLearn)

A Victorian Catholic school is taking part in a six-week technology trial that would allow schools to phase out morning roll call and “spy” on students throughout the school day. Source: Herald Sun.

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Pope Francis at the general audience yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

While the faith of Catholics in Ireland is strong, the scandal of abuse and cover-up by Church leaders has caused a decline in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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An aerial view shows a partially submerged road in the Indian state of Kerala, August 19 (CNS/Sivaram V, Reuters)

Torrential rain may have brought an entire Indian state under water, killing hundreds and leaving thousands stranded, but the people of Kerala have displayed inspiring resilience. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Malcolm Turnbull and family on the day that he was replaced as prime minister (Facebook/Malcolm Turnbull MP)

The most interesting feature of the events that led to the defeat of Malcolm Turnbull was how diminished the actors were, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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The original painting of the Divine Mercy by Eugeniusz Kazimirowski, 1934 (CNA/Wikimedia)

“Now is the time for mercy” was the theme of the Oceania Apostolic Congress on Mercy held in Melbourne last week and attended by Cardinal Soane Patita Paini of Tonga. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Poverty line levels are similar to 30 years ago (Bigstock)

Despite 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth, the number of Australians living below the poverty line has failed to decline since the late 1980s, the Productivity Commission has found. Source: The Guardian.

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Kim Moroney observes children at play (CSNSW)

A new study highlights the importance of play in developing the minds and capacities of young children, and calls for schools to make play an essential part of learning. Source: CSNSW.

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Bernard Holland (Caritas Australia/Nicole Clements)

A new director has been appointed to the Church’s national environment organisation, Catholic Earthcare Australia.

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Catherine Birrell (CHA)

The Catholic Health Australia National Awards 2018 paid tribute to exemplary innovation, excellence and contribution to health and aged care.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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