Pope Francis (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis communicates well in today’s digital culture because “what you see is what you get”, says the secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, reports The Tablet.

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Anti-Duterte protest in Manila (Crux/Aaron Favila)

Catholic leaders in the Philippines have voiced opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to extend martial law in southern Philippines, Crux reports.

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Virginia Trioli and Malcolm Turnbull last night (ABC News)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says New Zealand’s offer to resettle Manus Island and Nauru refugees would create “a back door to Australia” for people smugglers, SBS News reports.

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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (CNS/Debbie Hill)

The Holy Land’s most senior bishop has spoken out against US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, ACN reports.

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Statue of Mary outside St James Church, Medjugorje (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis’s envoy in Medjugorje has backtracked on his recent comments on official visits to the Marian shrine, saying they were “a little exaggerated”, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Tony Burke (Facebook/Tony Burke MP)

Labor MP Tony Burke has denied that he and other MPs in electorates which voted No in the same-sex marriage postal survey are feeling pressure from constituents over the issue, The Australian reports.

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The 2016 Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne (Instagram/Vision Australia)

Despite a decline in Christian affiliation in Australia, Christian beliefs are publicly celebrated at Christmas, with carols a popular sign of this phenomenon, writes Joel Hodge in Melbourne Catholic.

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Jared Press and Dave Jorna (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

Mental illness among Australian youth is on the rise but two Catholic men hope their new podcast could make young Aussies healthier in mind, body and soul, The Catholic Leader reports.

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The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria (Pixabay)

Australia has ranked third in a list of countries that comply with the ecological program proposed by Pope Francis in his environmental encyclical Laudato Si', according to Rome Reports.

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Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, July 1946 (Wikimedia)

Pope Francis yesterday reiterated his call to people everywhere “to work with determination to build a world without nuclear arms”, America Magazine reports.

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The Our Father in many languages in Jerusalem (Wikimedia)

A better translation is needed of the phrase “lead us not into temptation”, found in the Lord’s Prayer, says Pope Francis, The Tablet reports.

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Euthanasia legislation will come into effect in Victoria in mid-2019 (Bigstock)

Last month, Victoria became the only jurisdiction in the world to legalise euthanasia in 2017. Why and how did this happen, despite being rejected everywhere else, asks Robert Clark in The Spectator Australia.

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The Archbishop says marriage prep must begin long before the wedding day (Bigstock)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge says there is an urgent need “to strengthen and renew our catechesis of marriage in every way and at every point”, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Fr William Aitcheson (CNS/Arlington Diocese)

A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple’s lawn 40 years ago, and who later became a priest, has finally written his victims an apology, Crux reports.

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Francis Sullivan (ACBC)

While the Church has made changes in the wake of the child abuse royal commission, the need for reform is far from over, says Truth Justice and Healing Council chief Francis Sullivan, reports Nine News.

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Christian Porter (Liberal Party)

Some 200 pages of welfare changes have been delayed by several months after hitting a snag in the Senate on the final parliamentary sitting day of the year, SBS News reports.

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The final ACYF Mass in The Domain, Sydney (Sydney Archdiocese/ACBC)

About 15,000 people gathered in Sydney’s Domain on Saturday for the final Mass of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival where it was announced that the next ACYF will be held in Perth, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Beverley Kerr (Centre For Volunteering/Susan White)

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW vice president Beverley Kerr has been named 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year, the Illawarra Mercury 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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