More than half of Australians surveyed reported they felt lonely for at least one day in the previous week (Bigstock)

A new study on loneliness and wellbeing has found that more than one-fifth of Australians rarely or never feel they have someone to talk to, and more than one quarter feel lonely for at least three days every week. Source: The Guardian.

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Plenary Council consultant Shane Dwyer (ACBC)

If you haven’t heard that the Church in Australia is preparing for its first Plenary Council since the 1930s you may not have been paying attention, writes Shane Dwyer. Source: Catholic Voice.

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A woman who fled the Borderline Bar and Grill is comforted by a first responder-CNS-Mike Nelson-EPA

A Los Angeles bishop has asked people to “pray hard” for the victims of a shooting spree that saw a gunman kill 12 people at a Southern California country music bar. Source: CNS.

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A man with an EU flag in London the day after Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016  (CNS/Neil Hall, Reuters)

A bishop in Northern Ireland has warned that Brexit could lead to acts of violence along the border with Ireland. Source: The Tablet.

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Some of the prisoners who have built the confessionals for WYD 2019 (WYD Panama)

Prisoners in Panama have been busy building 250 confessionals that will be used during World Youth Day 2019, to be held in the country in January. Source: WYD Panama.

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Caritas Australia chief Paul O’Callaghan (Caritas Australia)

The Morrison Government’s announcement that it will expand its assistance to the Pacific is welcome but misses an opportunity to address other needs in the region, says Caritas Australia.

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Emma Thompson in The Children Act (IMDB)

Based on the 2014 Ian McEwan novel of the same name, The Children Act tells the story of a judge who is asked to rule on the case of a teenage boy who refuses a blood transfusion on religious grounds. Source: ACOFB.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ringwood, was one of the churches attacked in the crime spree (Supplied)

A man with a vendetta against the Church admitted breaking into dozens of churches and threatening to punch a priest during a four-month crime spree across Victoria. Source: The Age.

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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Sr Denise Coghlan (The Catholic Leader)

When Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mercy Sister Denise Coghlan speaks to schoolgirls she encourages them to be part of a world that is bigger than themselves and gives everybody a fair go. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes (Facebook/Rob Stokes)

The New South Wales government has agreed to the Morrison Government’s schools funding deal, avoiding a potentially “catastrophic” clash with the Commonwealth and the Church in the lead-up to a state election. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Italian army and police officers stand in front of the apostolic nunciature where the bones were discovered last week (CNS/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

Two days after bones found on Vatican property last week were sent for DNA testing, more remains were uncovered in the same area that are likely to belong to the same individual. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis at the general audience yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Life is for loving, not amassing possessions, Pope Francis said yesterday during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. Source: CNS.

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Lima cradles her healthy baby Jyot (Caritas Australia)

With more than 300,000 women dying each year in childbirth or as a result of complications in pregnancy, Caritas Australia is focusing on safe motherhood this Christmas.

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Fr Tom Uzhunnalil in Rome-four days after he was released in September 2017 (CNS/Junno Arocho Esteves)

Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen, said his ability to persevere “was thanks to the prayers of everyone” who interceded for him. Source: CNA.

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Cornerstone staff Michael Eklom (right) and Melissa outside their Gold Coast office (The Catholic Leader)

Since opening its doors in 2017, the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Cornerstone program has helped more 200 people experiencing homelessness on the Gold Coast. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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A cell at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre (ABC News/Four Corners)

An incident at Darwin's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre this week is further evidence that new youth detention facilities must be fast-tracked in the Northern Territory, says Jesuit Social Services.

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A screenshot from The Pope Video for November (The Pope Video)

Pope Francis has released this month's video message to accompany his prayer intention for November, which is ‘In the Service of Peace’. Source: Vatican News.

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The planned columbarium at Holy Family Parish, Mount Druitt (Catholic Outlook/Nimbus Architects)

A parish plans to build Parramatta Diocese's first columbarium, a resting place for urns containing ashes of the dead. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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