Mary Brosnan (ACBC)

An Ipswich musician who has played the organ for her southeast Queensland parish for 55 years was recognised earlier this week with an Australia Day honour. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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Sr Noelene Simmons SM, left, and Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ (ACRATH/CRA)

Australian Catholics will mark the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking next Friday, with leaders calling for a joint commitment to end slavery.

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A scene from the show of Rome (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis treated a group of disadvantaged people in Rome to a live show on Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Source: Vatican News.

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The first graduating class of CSIL celebrates (Australian Jesuits)

Jesuits and companions from Australia joined others from across the Asia-Pacific region to celebrate the first cohort of graduates from Colégio de Sto Inácio de Loiola (CSIL) in Kasait in East Timor. Source: Australian Jesuits.

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John Sabine (The Southern Cross)

An Adelaide parishioner is seeking support to hold a national assembly of the laity next year to give lay men and women a more united voice on the future of the Church. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Flooding has cut off roads in Townsville (The Catholic Leader)

Heavy rains and rising floodwaters have cut off roads and bridges across North Queensland, quenching a long drought and causing the Ross River Dam floodgates to open for the first time since 2014. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Louis Ashbourne Serkis, right, and Dean Chaumoo in The Kid Who Would Be King (IMDB)

If you’ve never heard of the legend of King Arthur, the Round Table or Merlin, then you’re probably young enough to constitute the target audience for The Kid Who Would Be King. Source: ACOFB.

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The report found there was a direct link between  socioeconomic levels and the likelihood of developing major chronic conditions (Bigstock)

If you are from a lower socioeconomic area, you are more likely to contract a disease and die, according to the latest health data. And the rich-poor health gap is widening. Source: Brisbane Times.

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Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters)

The joyous harmony of people coming together from so many different nations for World Youth Day stands in sharp contrast to today’s “sad” situation of confrontational nationalist feelings, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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A coal train in Kentucky (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

A new carbon pricing bill introduced into the US Congress is a “hopeful sign” that “climate change is beginning to be seen as a crucial moral issue, one that concerns all people”, the chair of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said. Source: Crux.

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The logo for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the United Arab Emirates (CNS)

Pope Francis is set to preside over the largest act of Christian worship in the Arab world ever when he celebrates Mass during the first papal visit to the United Arab Emirates. Source: The Tablet.

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 This mural will become an official submission to the Plenary Council (The Southern Cross)

More than 600 young people and several hundred volunteers, performers, clergy, religious and Catholic agency representatives gathered at the weekend to celebrate World Youth Day, Adelaide-style. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Student leaders Max Tricarico, left, Lucas Sanders, Emma Moonie and Ruby Nelson (The Catholic Leader)

Christian Brothers-associated schools from around Australia and New Zealand sent their finest leaders to Brisbane for a three-day intensive workshop on student leadership. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Private school funding will now be determined by parents

Catholic schools will receive more than $4.1 billion in extra funds over the next decade under the Morrison Government’s funding “fix”, official spending projections show. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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A Listening and Dialogue session in Western Australia last year (ACBC)

Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says he’s expecting another flood of responses from across the country during the final five weeks of the “Listening and Dialogue” phase of the Council. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS/Jeenah Moon, Reuters)

New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan has condemned state governor Andrew Cuomo for “insulting” the Church and “celebrating” the passing of a new abortion law. Source: CNA.

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Benedetta Giannini, from Brisbane, and Ambrose Skruzny, from Melbourne, celebrate WYD in Panama City on Saturday (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

From penance with prison inmates to an open-air Mass with a sea of young pilgrim faces in the heart of Panama City, Pope Francis has made his mark on World Youth Day. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Asia Bibi (La Stampa)

Asia Bibi, the Catholic farm labourer who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, is expected to leave Pakistan after the country's Supreme Court yesterday upheld her acquittal. Source: The Guardian.

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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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