The Plenary Council process is one of prayer, listening, sharing and discernment (Unsplash/Ashley Batz)

As we prepare for the Plenary Council 2020, we are being encouraged to speak boldly and to share what is in our hearts, writes Fr Noel Connolly SSC. Source: Columban eBulletin.

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/Scott Morrison)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has accused Labor of a breach of faith on religious freedom by refusing a Coalition proposal to prevent discrimination against gay students. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The Pope, with a large candle beside him, at yesterday’s Sunday Angelus prayerThe Pope, with a large candle beside him, at yesterday’s Sunday Angelus prayer (Vatican Media)

Marking the beginning of Advent, Pope Francis yesterday prayed for “martyred” Syria, sharing a sign of hope with the children of the beleaguered country, at war for more than eight years. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy, syllabus project officer Janina Starkey and Maitland Newcastle Catholic Schools Office

A new syllabus that takes a liberal arts approach to the teaching of religious education will be taught in Catholic schools across New South Wales and the ACT. Source: MNnews Today.

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Australian bishops and young people celebrate the end of the Year of Youth (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference welcomed a group of young Catholics from across the country to Sydney last week as the Church in Australia marked the end of the Year of Youth. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Francis said the Church has to urge homosexual priests to live celibacy with integrity (Vatican Media)

In a book-length interview to be published today, Pope Francis addresses gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy. Source: CNA.

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An image from the Free From Violence Against Women and Girls report (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia has launched a groundbreaking new report documenting the experiences of women seeking asylum in Australia who have encountered sexual and gender-based violence. Source: Australian Jesuits.

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Christine Shanahan (ACU)

A palliative care nurse was named Australian Catholic University's 2018 Alumni of the Year at an award ceremony in Sydney last Thursday.

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The ring, found 50 years ago, was overlooked for decades (J Rodman/ C. Amit, Hebrew University)

A 2000-year-old bronze ring found near Bethlehem bears the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who ordered Jesus Christ to be crucified, archeologists have revealed. Source: The Telegraph UK.

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Lyn Barham (MyCause/Lyn Barham)

When Lyn Barham sets out on a 10-day walking trek in southeast Asia for Catholic Mission in February, she’s expecting a unique challenge. Source: Dungog Chronicle.

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Labor says the amendments were an improved outcome for migrants (Bigstock)/

The Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Senate to ditch a welfare crackdown that would see new migrants waiting four years before receiving welfare payments. Source: SBS News.

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Penny Wong and Amanda Stoker (Wikimedia/Fiona Richardson and Liberal Party of Australia)

A parliamentary showdown has been set up over laws to protect gay students from discrimination, with Coalition senators blasting a proposed Labor bill as an attack on religious schools. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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A US MQ-9 Reaper drone in Afghanistan (CNS/Omar Sobhani, Reuters)

A Vatican representative says fully automated and autonomous lethal weapons systems must be banned now before they become a reality in tomorrow’s wars. Source: The Tablet.

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This year’s theme is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’ (IDPwD)

Australia’s bishops have urged all Catholics to promote, empower and recognise the gifts of people with disability. Source: ACBC.

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Archbishop Georg Ganswein, left, and Michael Schumacher in 2010 (CNS/Paul Haring and Wikimedia/Mark McArdle)

German Archbishop Georg Ganswein has spoken about a recent visit to seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher. Source: News.com.au.

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Rev. Robert Anderson at the PCH Multi-faith Centre (The eRecord/Matthew Lau)

Chaplains are available around the clock to provide pastoral and spiritual care at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. Source: The eRecord.

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St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on Wednesday (Giovanni Portelli Photography/ACN/SydneyArchdiocese)

Two of Australia’s major cathedrals were splashed with the colour of martyrs on Wednesday as a sign of solidarity with those who suffer religious persecution around the world. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Daniel P. Jones and Kate Cheel in Strange Colours (IMDB)

Strange Colours is an Australian film set in an outback opal mining town where a young woman travels to visit her sick, estranged father. Source: ACOFB.

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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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