Cardinal Reinhard Marx (left) and Cardinal Rainer Woelki (CNS/Sascha Steinbach, EPA)

The German bishops are at odds over the “binding synodal procedure” they decided to adopt at their plenary in March this year, designed to reduce clerical power and address clerical sexual abuse and the celibacy rule. Source: The Tablet.

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The amendments would ensure a tough test is put in for abortions after 20 weeks, down from 22 weeks in the draft legislation (Bigstock)

A cross-party group of 10 MPs will move amendments to the abortion bill in the NSW upper house next week in an attempt to ban gender selective abortions and keep a baby alive if born during an abortion. Source: The Australian.

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The Memorial Glade monument at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum (911memorial.org)

A new addition to New York's 9/11 Memorial and Museum that pays tribute to the first responders, survivors, and their families who have continued to suffer from the attacks is being praised by faith leaders as a sign of “continued hope”. Source: Crux.

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Our Future Fund alliance members launch the 10,000 signatures in 10 days campaign at Parliament House on Monday (Caritas Australia)

A new alliance is taking aim at the Future Fund – Australia’s national "nest egg" – by questioning the billions of dollars invested in fossil fuel projects from the nation’s wealth fund. Source: Caritas Australia.

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Ministry to the Newly Married mentors couples in their first years of marriage (MNM)

A special Catholic marriage mentoring program for newlyweds is increasing in popularity as the next generation strives to build strong, long-lasting and prayerful bonds. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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This year, ACN provided two motorcycles to the Sisters of the Annunciation of Bobo-Dioulass, Burkina Faso, to provide pastoral care to the local community (ACN)

Aid to the Church in Need Australia has launched a special campaign to raise $175,000 for the Church in Africa, which is facing persecution in many countries.

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Fr Albert Wasniowski (The Catholic Leader)

Fearing for the safety of pilgrims, a Queensland priest prayed in the middle of the night at a shrine on the Gold Coast hinterland surrounded by fire. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (ABC Radio Melbourne)

The Victorian Government says it hopes it does not have to jail priests who fail to report child abuse revealed during the sacrament of confession. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square yesterday (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Having gone to Africa as a pilgrim of peace and hope, Pope Francis said he hoped the seeds planted there by his visit would bear abundant fruit for everyone. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop Jean Abdou Arbach with an icon destroyed in Syria by Islamist militants in April 2018 (ACN)

Forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are responsible for the majority of targeted attacks on churches since the country’s civil war began in 2011, a new report alleges. Source: CNA.

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Associate Professor Ben Phillips (ANU) Belinda Clarke (CSSA research advisory panel member) and Brenton Prosser (CSSA) at the launch yesterday (CSSA)

More than 20 Catholic social service providers have joined with researchers from the Australian National University to commission new research into entrenched disadvantage. Source: Catholic Social Services Australia.

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Anti-government protest in Managua, Nicaragua, on Monday (CNS/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)

With increasing concerns worldwide about human rights violations in Nicaragua, a Vatican representative has called for a return to negotiations and reforms necessary to hold “free and transparent elections” there. Source: Crux.

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Msgr Harry Entwistle (ACBC)

The former head of Australia’s Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross says the Ordinariate’s success is part of a long-term progression towards true ecumenism. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report found young adults were most affected by loneliness (Bigstock)

A quarter of Australians are experiencing loneliness, with young adults more affected than other age groups, according to a snapshot of the nation's health. Source: ABC News.

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Pope Francis addresses journalists yesterday during an in-flight conference on his flight to Rome (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the “schism option”. Source: CNS.

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Zed Seselja (ABC News)

The Morrison Government is working on changes it thinks can win bipartisan support for its proposed religious freedom laws to secure passage through the Senate. Source: SBS News.

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The Latin American Catholic community at Mass to honour Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic Outlook)

More than 600 members of Sydney's Latin American Catholic community gathered on Sunday to celebrate Mass and honour Our Lady of Guadalupe. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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John Foulcher (ACU)

Canberra-based poet John Foulcher is the winner of the 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry, receiving $10,000 in prize money for his poem Revising Casuarinas.

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