Cardinal Anders Arborelius receives his red biretta from Pope Francis (CNS/Paul Haring)

Despite being one of the most secularised nations in the world, Sweden is one of the few European countries where the Church is growing, said the country’s first cardinal, Crux reports.

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The 28m Christmas tree at the Vatican (CNS/Paul Haring)

A Nativity scene and Christmas tree are visible reminders of God’s benevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said, CNS reports.

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The division on the final vote in parliament yesterday (ABC News)

Same-sex marriage has been legalised in Australia, as Malcolm Turnbull fell short on his pledge to deliver stronger religious protections for faith-based schools and charities, The Australian reports.

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Notre Dame University

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Matt Maher leads praise and worship at ACYF (Sydney Archdiocese/ACBC)

Almost 20,000 young people were urged to set the world on fire with their faith as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival got underway in Sydney yesterday, the ACBC Media Blog reports.

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Perpetrators will be less likely to go to confession (Eureka Street)

Removing the inviolability of the seal of confession in law would be unproductive, writes Fr Bill Uren in Eureka Street.

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Christ our Joy by Amunda Gorey (ACBC)

The official image for the Church's Year of Youth was unveiled by the ACBC's Office for Youth at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival yesterday.

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The report aims to better protect seasonal workers (Bigstock)

Australia needs a comprehensive suite of new laws to stamp out modern slavery, a federal committee's report tabled in parliament has found, ABC News reports.

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A scene from The Star (IMDB/Sony Pictures)

The Star is animated film designed for the youngest of audiences and parents eager for their children to learn something about the religious meaning of Christmas.

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Peter Dutton (Twitter/PeterDutton)

The Turnbull government has defended a policy encouraging refugees held on Nauru to sever ties with their families in order to be considered for resettlement in the US, The Guardian reports.

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Education charities had the largest annual revenue (Bigstock)

Australians are making fewer donations to charity, despite ranking as the sixth most generous nation in the world, The Age reports.

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A family waits for rescue vessels to return in India, Friday (EP/Sreekesh Raveendran)

At least 32 Catholic fishermen were killed when a tropical cyclone hit the southern coast of India over the weekend, CNA reports.

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Jerusalem, Israel (CNS/Debbie Hill)

In an open letter to US President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said US recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences, CNS reports.

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The entrance to the Villa Maria chapel, Fortitude Valley (Catherine Toomey)

Concerned Catholics and community members are questioning the decision of an aged care provider to refurbish a portion of a heritage-listed chapel in Brisbane, The Catholic Leader reports.

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Schools will not face penalties if students or staff illegally download items (Pexels)

The National Catholic Education Commission yesterday welcomed the Turnbull government’s decision to ensure educational bodies are not sued for online copyright infringements by their staff and students.

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Simone Medri and Roza Vukovich promote the selfie challenge at ACYF (Catholic Mission)

Tens of thousands of young Catholics will descend on Sydney Olympic Park today for three action-packed days with some of the world's best known Catholic speakers and musical artists, the Sydney Archdiocese reports.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (ACBC)

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson attended court yesterday, accused of concealing information about the abuse of an altar boy by a priest in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s, AAP/Nine News reports.

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Bishop Ronald Mulkearns (Supplied)

The abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of pedophile priests in and around Ballarat has been described as a “catastrophic institutional failure” of the Church, the Herald Sun reports.

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St Josephs Subiaco (St Josephs Subiaco)

The Perth Archdiocese has launched an inquiry into the historical financial records of its Subiaco church after complaints from parishioners, The West Australian 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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