Anglican Archbishops Ntahoturi and Welby, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher (NCR)

The Vatican’s foreign minister has said ecumenism between Christian churches should no longer be described as an “internal Christian affair” but has become a “moral imperative” due to the precariousness of the global political system, NCR Online reports.

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CBS correspondent Lara Logan and Fr Patrick Desbois at the ceremony (CNS)

A human rights group has honoured a French priest for his work over nearly two decades in researching and telling the story of genocides past and present, Catholic Herald reports.

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Rohingya refugees at makeshift camp in Bangladesh (CNS/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)

Myanmar's bishops are "nervous" Pope Francis will mention the Rohingya during his visit next month, Yahoo7 News reports.

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SPRED participants share a meal (The eRecord)

For nearly 30 years, Catholics with intellectual disabilities in Perth have been encouraged in their faith journey by Personal Advocacy Service (PAS), The eRecord reports.

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Parramatta Marist High students are learning how to support each other (Parramatta Marist High)

A new program operating in a Sydney Catholic secondary school is teaching male students how to talk about their emotions and concerns, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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Mother of God Primary School will close at the end of 2017 (School website)

Victoria's Catholic education body is warning of school closures under the Turnbull government's Gonski 2.0 funding model, with two Melbourne schools set to shut this year, The Age reports.

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WMA says euthanasia conflicts with basic ethics of medicine (Bigstock)

The world’s peak medical body has called on Victorian MPs to reject the state’s proposed euthanasia scheme, The Weekend Australian reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Prayerful protest on the steps of Parliament House, Melbourne, 2016 (Instagram/Kathy Clubb)

Supporters of a Melbourne mother of 13 who was the first person in Victoria convicted of breaching abortion clinic "buffer zone" laws are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source, The Sunday Age reports.

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Heavy machinery at the site of the new accommodation (ABC News)

The Governor of Manus Island has threatened to stop the relocation of asylum-seekers from the Australian-funded detention centre unless concerns about a new accommodation facility are addressed, ABC News reports.

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The medical students association has backed assisted dying laws (Pexels)

Australia's doctors in training have announced their support for physician-assisted dying, SkyNews Australia reports.

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Mike Pence at the dinner (CNS/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

US Vice President Mike Pence has announced the State Department will directly fund faith-based organisations helping displaced Christians in the Middle East, the Catholic Herald reports.

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Pope Francis speaks to the astronauts (CNS)

One perk that comes with floating aboard the International Space Station is NASA arranges for occasional calls with celebrities to keep the astronauts’ spirits high during their monthslong flights, CNS reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Prayer vigils were often held outside the clinic (Catholic Voice)

Three pro-life supporters fined after holding prayer vigils in Canberra's abortion clinic exclusion zone will argue the law breaches the Constitution when they fight the charges next month, The Canberra Times reports.

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The decision has been met by anger among Indigenous people (Wikimedia)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dashed hopes for a referendum to establish a new Indigenous advisory body, saying the idea is neither "desirable or capable of winning acceptance", ABC News reports.

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The Church supports the redress scheme for abuse survivors (stpaulsparish.org.au)

Survivors of child sexual abuse will receive a maximum of $150,000 compensation under the Turnbull government's long-awaited national scheme, The Age reports.

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The bodice of the Wedding Dress of Tears (ACRATH)

Teachers from the Melbourne and Ballarat Dioceses will be trained to understand and respond to young people, particularly young women, who are at risk of a forced marriage, ACRATH reports.

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Colin Walsh (Supplied)

An Australian has been elected president of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK), the service organisation announced.

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Chris Hemsworth is Thor in Thor: Ragnarok (IMDB)

Thor: Ragnarok is the third film in the fantasy-science fiction series based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. Director Taika Waititi gives the film a different tone to its predecessors, making it warmer, funnier, and lighter.

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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

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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