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The elderly and the young benefit from forming friendships in new program (Bigstock)

Age is proving no barrier to the strong friendships that are blooming at a Cairns aged care residence thanks to a new partnership with St Augustine’s College. Source: Cairns Post.

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Preparations are well underway for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Pert (ACBC)

The countdown is on with only 150 days until doors open on the fourth Australian Catholic Youth Festival, to be held in Perth from December 8-10. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Francis Sullivan will take up a new role with Mercy Partners in Queensland (Twitter)

Mercy Partners has appointed Francis Sullivan as foundational executive chair of the One Mater Project, overseeing the implementation of a single board of governance to unify all Mater hospitals and health services across Queensland.

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Students received gifts of donated musical instruments (Aurora)

Students of St Mary’s Primary School, Scone, will be rocking out in style thanks to the generosity of Rural Aid and its Gift of Music. Source: Aurora.

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Amazing Grace documents Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 gospel album (IMDB)

Amazing Grace is a must-see documentary about singer Aretha Franklin that projects an extraordinary commitment to religious faith and devotion, and movingly demonstrates the joy of gospel music for everyone to share. Source: ACOFB.

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The case had Lambert

Vincent Lambert, the severely disabled Frenchman who was at the centre of a fierce legal battle, has died. Source: The Catholic Herald.

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Indigenous Church bodies say bipartisan approach on constitutional recognition is heartening (Bigstock)

A Morrison Government proposal to recognise Australia’s First Peoples in the Constitution has been broadly welcomed by key Church organisations. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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SA government regulation will address loophole in end-of-life laws (Bigstock)

A loophole allowing “euthanasia by stealth” has been closed after a warning from medical experts, the South Australian Government says. Source: The Advertiser.

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Cardinal John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais (WikiCommons)

When Pope Francis declares Cardinal John Henry Newman a saint in Rome later this year, there’s a good chance a priest from Brisbane will be there as a witness. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The general secretaries at The Australian War Memorial this week (ACBC)

The general secretaries of the bishops conferences of England and Wales, Germany and France have completed a three-day visit to Canberra that examined key issues facing the Church in Australia and globally. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Br Barry Prout fms (champagnat.org)

Move over Jamie Durie and Scott Cam — meet the non-celebrity but crack team of builders, plumbers and gardeners whose renovations have given 14 disadvantaged people a place to stay. Source: The Age.

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The ad was banned from state buses in Newcastle, NSW (emilysvoice.com)

A pro-life billboard advertisement has sparked controversy in Hobart just weeks after the same ad was deemed too inappropriate to be carried on Newcastle buses. Source: ABC News.

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St John of God Health Care is expanding its mental health outreach (Bigstock)

More vulnerable West Australians will receive low cost or free mental health treatment with St John of God Social Outreach’s community mental health service expanding its services in the state’s south metropolitan and regional areas.

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People who use hate-speech on religious grounds will be banned from Twitter (Bigstock)

Twitter is updating its hate-speech rules to ban posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots, among other dehumanising terms. Source: BBC.

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An activist during a protest in Manila (ucanews.com/Mark Saludes)

Catholic bishops in the Philippines have pledged to pull the plug on investing in "dirty energy" like coal-fired power plants. Source: ucanews.com.

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The Colombian city of Buenaventura  (Wikimedia Commons)

A Colombian bishop is planning to exorcise an entire city this weekend, sprinkling holy water from a helicopter. The Guardian.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC)

Attorney-General Christian Porter will sit down with Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP to discuss a way forward on a religious discrimination act, after failing to respond to requests for a meeting for more than a month. Source: The Australian.

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Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt at the National Press Club yesterday (ABC News/screenshot)

A proposal to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution will be put to a referendum within three years, the Government has promised. Source: ABC News.

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