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Narcissism produces sadness, says Pope Francis (Bigstock)

Pope Francis yesterday told youth to steer clear of modern society's narcissistic tendencies, which he referred to as a vain “illness”, CNA reports.

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Dr Pansy Lai of the Coalition for Marriage ad (Coalition for Marriage)

Malcolm Turnbull will take the contentious same-sex marriage plebiscite back to cabinet and Coalition MPs to decide on a “Plan C” if the High Court rules against the postal survey in the next two days of hearings, The Australian reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Monique Fahey in Laos (ACU)

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is using government funding to develop short-term overseas programs to enable students who otherwise could not afford to travel to study abroad, the university reports.

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Fr Hans Zollner SJ and Archbishop Mark Coleridge (The Catholic Leader/Emilie Ng)

One of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Fr Hans Zollner, is in Australia this week to share his experience and promote safeguarding efforts, reports The Catholic Leader.

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Gladys Berejiklian (Facebook/gladysnsw)

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken her silence on a voluntary assisted dying vote to say she won't be supporting the legislation, AAP/News.com.au reports.

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Bishop Robert Rabbat and clergy with the relic and icon of St Mariam (Giovanni Portelli)

The Melkite Catholic Community of St Elias in Sydney is hoping the intercession of a recently-canonised saint will help raise the necessary funds to build a desperately-needed church for their community, the Catholic Weekly reports.

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Living with a sense of sorrow and guilt (David Lovell Publishing)

How does a woman, faithful to her Catholic teaching and traditions, have an abortion and move forward with her life? Jessica Lockhart is still working that out, day by day, reports Catholic Life.

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Sr Maria Valentina de los Angeles and the United Catholic Musicians (YouTube)

Musicians, including a nun-turned-rapper in sports sneakers, will perform for the Pope when he visits Colombia tomorrow, Yahoo7 News reports.

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Pat Martlew and Sr Elizabeth Morris with Barrie Hayman from 5TCB (Hamish Ferguson)

Distances in country areas can sometimes be isolating, however the South Australian Bordertown parish is helping to spread the word of God and connect people to the Church through a community radio program, The Southern Cross reports.

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Stephen Elder (Melbourne Catholic)

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) has blamed ongoing funding uncertainty created by the Turnbull government’s Gonski 2.0 education package for being unable to extend a teacher pay rise beyond next year, The Australian reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Manus Island Regional Processing Facility (Wikimedia/DIAC)

Most of the people who have been detained on Manus Island have backed a $70 million compensation settlement that lawyers say acknowledges the harms they have suffered, AAP reports in The Australian.

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Body Mass Index is one barrier to adoption (Bigstock)

Prospective adoptive parents are being turned away because they’re “too fat”, according a new research, the Sunday Herald Sun reports.

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A 2013 photo of the former Archbishop of Westminster (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis and Cardinal Vincent Nichols have paid tribute to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster, who died on Friday aged 85, The Tablet reports.

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A painting of Mary, Undoer of Knots was displayed at the liturgy (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Diocese is dedicating the month of September to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, under the theme "Compassion and commitment", the diocese announced on its website.

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ACRATH will meet with MPs at Parliament House  (Wikimedia)

Members of an anti-trafficking group will walk the halls of Parliament House for four days this week to urge MPs to do more to combat human trafficking in Australia, the advocacy group reports.

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Screenshot of the September prayer intentions video (The Pope Video)

Pope Francis has released a video message accompanying his monthly prayer intention for September, which this month focuses on parishes, Vatican Radio reports.

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Pope Francis with a newly married couple (CNS/Paul Haring)

By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis says in a new book-length interview, CNS reports.

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Catholic Social Services Victoria volunteers (CSSV/Fiona Basile)

Planned changes to the welfare system will force older Australians out of volunteering, threatening the long-term viability of the sector, a Senate inquiry heard yesterday, The Guardian reports.

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Mass on Demand

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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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