Aged care advocates are calling for minimum staffing levels to be legislated (Bigstock)

Aged care advocates say reform to the industry cannot afford to wait for the outcome of a royal commission, and the federal Government needs to act to protect older Australians in care. Source: ABC News.

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Caritas is providing emergency kits to people affected by the typhoon (Caritas Australia)

The Caritas international network is responding with emergency assistance in the Philippines, following the devastating impact of Typhoon Mangkhut. Source: Caritas Australia.

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Archbishop Charles Scicluna (CNS/Alberto Valdes, EPA)

Inviting presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences to the Vatican to discuss abuse prevention reflects an understanding that “lovely” words and promises are not enough, said Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna. Source: Crux.

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The NSW Government’s review will look at the benefits and risks of phones in classrooms (Bigstock)

Leading educators say they would not support a ban on smart phones in New South Wales classrooms, an idea being canvassed by the state Government. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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Jean Vanier (The Tablet/YouTube)

L’Arche communities founder Jean Vanier commemorated his 90th birthday by sharing his thoughts on life and on growing older. Source: The Tablet.

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Property price increases and social housing shortages are the biggest contributors to homelessness (Bigstock)

New research by the Council to Homeless Persons has mapped Victoria's homeless population using data from the 2016 Census to give a true picture of homelessness across the state. Source: The Age.

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The task force will promote, encourage and support Catholic marriages (Bigstock)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has set up a task force to address the steep decline in Catholic marriages and consider the implications of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sebastian Duhau (ACBC)

Sydneysider Sebastian Duhau will soon head to the Vatican as Australia’s youth auditor at the upcoming General Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Sr Mary Goretti and nurse Simon immunising a child at St Luke Bujun Health Centre (Catholic Mission)

A Ugandan health centre that was the centre of Catholic Mission’s 2017 Church Appeal has beaten 81 other health centres to be named the best in its district.

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Scott Morrison and Suzanne Greenwood (Liberal Party and CHA)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a royal commission into Australia’s aged care system, in a move welcomed by Catholic Health Australia. Source: ABC News.

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Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli (ACBC)

Pope Francis has selected Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli to attend next month’s Synod of Bishops on young people. Source: The Tablet.

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The story of the monks of Tibhirine was told in the film Of Gods and Men (CNS)

The beatification of 19 martyrs of Algeria, including the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine, will be celebrated on December 8. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis in front of an image of Blessed Pino Puglisi in Sicily on Saturday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis visited Sicily on Saturday to honour a priest murdered by the mafia 25 years ago while trying to save youngsters in poor neighbourhoods from falling into their hands. Source: SBS News.

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The project will help people living in poverty, especially the homeless and disabled (Bigstock)

A delegation of Catholic and Buddhist leaders from the United States visited the Vatican last week to promote an initiative giving a helping hand to city-dwellers facing poverty and homelessness. Source: Vatican News.

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Sr Mary Immanuel Blenkinsopp (Hobart Archdiocese)

Having recently made her final profession as a religious sister, Sr Mary Immanuel Blenkinsopp says she has found fulfilment in religious life. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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The school will become co-educational and pre-school to Year 12 in 2021 (Marist College North Shore)

Turning a boys’ school into a co-educational one involves more than building new bathrooms, the head of the Sydney school formerly known as Marist Brothers is finding out. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Fr James Clarke (National Council of Priests)

The National Council of Priests will push for optional celibacy and married priests in its submission to the Plenary Council 2020. Source: Newcastle Herald.

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Fr Paul Rout (The Catholic Leader)

A Franciscan friar has warned that an increase in scientific knowledge and material attachment is leading to a decrease in wisdom. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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