Participants at the Synod of Bishops, October 2018 (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis will next month publish a post-synodal exhortation on last October’s Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Source: CNA.

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Celia Hammond (The Record/UNDA)

University of Notre Dame Australia vice-chancellor Celia Hammond is set to replace Julie Bishop as the Liberal candidate for the West Australian seat of Curtin. Source: WAtoday

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Archbishop Christopher Prowse (ACBC)

Priests are not above the law. Of course, that is true. Priests want to be good citizens. At the same time, they want to be good and faithful ministers of the Church, writes Archbishop Christopher Prowse. Source: Canberra Times.

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Pope Francis said increased automation, sophisticated robotics and artificial intelligence could become “socially dangerous” (CNS/Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Technology holds the potential to benefit all of humankind, but it also poses risky and unforeseen results, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis receives the Apostoliki Diaconia of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday reflected on the fruitfulness and importance of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue on the journey to full communion. Source: Vatican News.

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Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green (left) and John Lochowiak (ACBC and Australian Catholics)

The bishop responsible for the Church’s engagement with Indigenous Australians says the Church is a key player in the effort to address the sobering findings in the latest Closing the Gap report. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Bishop Emeritus Barry Hickey (left) with the scholarship winners and Bishop Don Sproxton (third from right) and Dr Marco Ceccarelli (second from right) (The eRecord/Ron Tan)

A yearning for biblical studies from the laity heartens Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey as nine Perth Catholics were announced as the winners of the 2019 BJ Hickey Biblical Foundation Scholarships. Source: The eRecord.

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Only 60 per cent of people donated to charity in 2018, compared with 66 per cent in 2014 (Bigstock)

Fewer Australians are donating to charity and donors with high incomes give the lowest proportion of their income to charity, according to new research. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Australia’s prison population aged 65 and over has risen from 438 prisoners in 2008 to 1156 prisoners last year (Bigstock)

Jesuit Social Services has called for the aged care royal commission to examine the treatment of the elderly in jails. Source: The Australian.

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Sr Margaret Lergessner SSPS (left) from Sydney and Sr Kathleen Dews from Wilcannia Forbes Diocese at the colloquium (ACBC)

Catholic women have been urged to add their voices to help shape the future direction of the Church through the Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Dialogue process, which ends on Ash Wednesday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Detectives at the Gold Coast church yesterday (ABC News)

An overseas tourist has died after falling through a skylight at a Catholic church on the Gold Coast. Source: ABC News.

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Students from St Teresa’s College helped clear out flood-ravaged houses (The Catholic Leader)

Rolling up their sleeves and braving the mud, 14 schoolboys from a rural Catholic school travelled to the flood-ravaged suburb of Idalia, Townsville, to help their neighbours. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The ACT Government will keep school chaplains in non-religious pastoral support roles (Bigstock)

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has labelled a decision to ban chaplains from Canberra public schools disappointing as the ACT Government proposes to keep the workers employed in secular roles. Source: Canberra Times.

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Venezuelans waiting to cross into Brazil face national guards at the border (CNS/Ricardo Moraes, Reuters)

The Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference is calling on Nicolas Maduro’s Government to allow humanitarian aid into the country and be peacefully distributed to people desperately in need. Source: CNA.

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SOS Chrétiens d’Orient volunteers visit the monastery of St Charbel in Annaya, Lebanon (Catholic Outlook/SOS Chrétiens D’Orient)

Sometimes it takes the painful shock of trauma to remind us what we truly believe in, writes Daniel Nour. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge delivering the homily at the closing Mass of the Vatican child protection summit (CNS)

The Church needs a conversion that places survivors, and not the institution, as the focus of its concern in enacting measures to combat the sexual abuse of minors,  Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a homily at the Vatican. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis addresses bishops gathered at the Vatican child protection summit (CNS)

Pope Francis has closed the Vatican child protection summit by outlining eight points the Church will focus on in an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse of minors to “turn this evil into an opportunity for purification”. Source: CNA.

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The Church of England has pushed for change through its investment in coal company Glencore (Pixabay)

The Church of England says it is sensitive to the effects its bid to force Australia's largest miner, Glencore, to extract less coal will have on the nation's economy, but climate change is a global issue that must be urgently addressed. Source: SMH.

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