The canon law change has formalised what is already allowed in practice in dioceses around the world (The Catholic Leader)

Women can be formally installed as lectors and acolytes after Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law related to the two ministries. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The earthquake destroyed this hospital on the island of Sulawesi (CNS/Syahir Muhammad, social media via Reuters)

Pope Francis yesterday prayed for the victims of an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi that killed at least 67 people. Source: CNA.

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Seminarians at St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Bambui in north-west Cameroon (Catholic Mission/Hartmut Schwarzbach)

Catholic Mission’s first appeal for 2021 will focus on the formation of seminarians in Cameroon, where young men are still following the call to the priesthood, despite the backdrop of an ongoing civil war.

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Our Lady of Lourdes in Seven Hills has signed up to be a host in Blacktown City Council

A Parramatta parish will take part in a "heat refuge" trial, offering nearby residents an air-conditioned place in which to escape on days of extreme heat. Source: ABC News.

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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have both received first doses of a coronavirus vaccine as part of the Vatican’s inoculation campaign. Source: NCR Online.

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AUSTRAC is still investigating specific suspicious transfers from the Vatican to Australia (AUSTRAC website)

International financial watchdog Austrac has told the Senate it over-estimated bank transfers from the Vatican City to Australia for the past six years by more than $2 billion. Source: The Australian.

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Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools came into operation on January 1 (MACS website)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has announced the appointment of the inaugural Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) Board. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Archbishop Philip Wilson, who served as Bishop of Wollongong and Archbishop of Adelaide during 45 years of priestly ministry, died in Adelaide yesterday, aged 70. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.

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Bishop Geoffrey Robinson in 2008 (CNS/Vic DeLucia)

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, a former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, died on December 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 83. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Time to say goodbye to 2020 (Bigstock)

This is the last issue of CathNews for 2020. We will return on Monday, January 18, 2021.

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The Kickstarter campaign aims to fund a board game based on the beloved priest detective, Father Brown (Kickstarter)

A group of Catholic board game enthusiasts has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to create a game based on the Father Brown series by GK Chesterton. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis and Cardinal Konrad Krajewski in February 2019 (CNS/Vatican Media)

Two Vatican cardinals, one of whom spoke with Pope Francis on Friday, have tested positive for COVID-19. One of them is in hospital with pneumonia. Source: Crux.

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Church sources cautioned the money transfers may have been for investment in the Australian bond and equities market (CNA/Bohumil Petrik)

The Vatican and its associated entities have transferred $2.3 billion to Australia since 2014 without the knowledge of senior Australian Church leaders. Source: The Australian.

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Bishops across the country have released Christmas messages to encourage the faithful in this year of unexpected challenges, marked by bushfire and pandemic, closed churches and online Masses.

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Gladys Berejiklian (Facebook/Gladys Berejiklian MP)

It’s “not Government policy” to have a bill to legalise euthanasia come before the New South Wales Parliament next year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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The CDF document supports patients using ethically-uncompromised vaccines over ethically-compromised ones where possible (CNS/Dado Ruvic, Reuters)

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has welcomed a Vatican statement that says in the absence of alternatives, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed using cell lines originating from aborted babies. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Anne Walker and Br Peter Carroll FMS (CRA)

Catholic Religious Australia has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging the Government to show mercy towards asylum-seekers who are suffering, calling for their immediate release.

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Eric Bana stars in The Dry

The Dry, adapted from the 2016 debut novel by Jane Harper, is a thriller that captures the spirit and heart of regional Australia. Source: Jesuit Media.

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