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Pro-life supporters outside Parliament House (Abortion Rethink/Giovanni Portelli)

A proposal to decriminalise abortion has been voted down in the NSW parliament, The Guardian reports.

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Marking the opening of the centre (The Catholic Leader)

Mater Mothers’ Hospital has opened Queensland’s first 24/7 pregnancy centre for women with complicated pregnancies, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Budget has wins and losses for the poor and vulnerable (Bigstock)

The Australian Bishops have welcomed the Turnbull government's commitment to disability insurance and affordable housing in this week's budget, the ACBC reports.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher registers online (ACYF)

Online registration officially opened yesterday for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney from December 7-9, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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The canonisation portraits of Jacinta and Francisco Marto (Crux)

Pope Francis' trip to Fatima, Portugal, this weekend is considered by many observers as the easiest of his foreign trips so far, but it is far from irrelevant, writes Ines San Martin in Crux.

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Outback spirituality will be explored (Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes)

The Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes will hold its Lessons from the Long Paddock online event next month.

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Budget delivers a funding freeze on Australian aid overseas (DFAT)

The federal budget has delivered a fourth consecutive cut to the overseas aid program, according to Caritas Australia.

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Notre Dame University

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The groups will pull funds from coal, oil and natural gas companies (Pexels)

Nine Catholic organisations plan to divest from fossil fuel corporations in an action timed to send a message to the upcoming G7 summit, NCR reports.

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A donated statue of Our Lady of Fatima (CNS/Gunther Simmermacher)

A Portuguese-born, South Africa-based businessman is on a worldwide mission to spread devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, reports Melbourne Catholic.

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Budget commits funding for redress scheme (Royal Commission website)

An initial $33.4 million in this year’s budget to establish a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse has been welcomed by the Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council.

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The Arrow on Swanston

A Melbourne hotel has received harassing phone calls and online threats after agreeing to host an Australian Christian Lobby Safe Schools event, The Australian reports.

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Signing the death penalty petition (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

US Bishops were among the first signatories to a petition to end the death penalty in America, CNS reports.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin (Irish Catholic Bishops Conference)

The Archbishop of Armagh says Irish society is being "hugely impacted by secularisation", reports The Catholic Herald.

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Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (third from left) with bishops at the Plenary (ACBC)

The head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Oriental Churches has this week visited the five Eastern Eparchys and met with the Australian bishops, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Women need more support in pregnancy and motherhood (Pexels)

Abortion bills to be debated in the NSW parliament today go too far, writes Dr Catherine Lennon in The Daily Telegraph.

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A screenshot of the video of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil (CNS)

An Indian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago has pleaded for the Indian government and the Church to do more for his release, CNS reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Ora Duffley (The Catholic Leader)

Brisbane Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Dr John Falzon (Get Up/SVdP)

Youth are among the biggest losers of the 2017-18 budget, thanks to rising exclusion from higher education, housing and jobs, the St Vincent de Paul Society says.

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