The report said electricity disconnection numbers were on the rise despite the fact they should only occur as a last resort (Bigstock)

New analysis of electricity disconnections data over three years showed a number of rural and regional areas were struggling to keep the lights on, a St Vincent de Paul Society report revealed. Source: ABC News.

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A woman holds a malnourished child at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen (CNS/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters)

Resolving the global crises of world hunger and malnutrition demands a shift away from a distorted approach to food and toward healthier lifestyles and just economic practices, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.

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Bishop Shane Mackinlay speaks at his episcopal ordination Mass yesterday (Sandhurst Diocese)

Bishop Shane Mackinlay, the eighth Bishop of Sandhurst, was ordained to the episcopacy in Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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Thousands of people attended March for Life in Brisbane on October 12 (The Catholic Leader)

Brisbane’s March for Life on Saturday saw 2000 people walk through city streets to the Queens Gardens, with many holding placards saying “Choose Life” and “Love them Both”. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Alan Ames lay hands on Subiaco parishioners (The eRecord/Eric Martin)

International evangelist Alan Ames’ ministry has seen him conduct healing services in more than 40 countries, but he says the Mass is the greatest healing prayer of all. Source: The eRecord.

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National Day of Sorrow and Promise liturgy booklet can be downloaded from the CRA website (CRA)

Catholic Religious Australia will hold its National Day of Sorrow and Promise on Sunday, commemorating the first anniversary of the National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

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Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo celebrating Mass in 2012 (Aid to the Church in Need)

A Syriac Catholic archbishop has warned that the fresh violence in north east Syria could unleash a renewed and potentially fatal exodus of Christians from the region. Source: ACN.

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Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

God wants everyone to be saved, which is why those who evangelise must avoid letting their prejudices get in the way of God’s plan, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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The thanksgiving Mass for 132 years of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Marrickville (The Good Oil)

The community life and ministry of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Marrickville, in Sydney's inner west, has ended after 132 years. Source: The Good Oil.

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Anglicare said people were being trapped in poverty and  forcfed to “compete for jobs that simply do not exist” (Bigstock)

At least five people are applying for every entry-level position advertised, leaving Australia’s most disadvantaged jobseekers to compete for a dwindling number of suitable jobs, a report has found. Source: The Guardian.

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Upper House president Kate Doust says she hopes the debate will be respectful (7News)

The push for voluntary euthanasia in Western Australia has entered a crucial stage in Parliament, with debate commencing in the upper house yesterday. Source: 7News.

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Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Jesus enjoys unmasking hypocrisy, which is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said yesterday during morning Mass at the chapel of his residence at Domus Sanctae Marthae. Source: CNS.

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Professor Tracey Rowland (Emmaus Academic/St Paul Centre for Biblical Theology)

Catholic universities should try to do more than run an assembly line of information for students who never learn to think, says a prominent Australian scholar. Source: CNA.

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Fr Paul Stuart at the launch of the new Navy New Testament (Eternity News)

“Nine-tenths of my work is meeting with sailors one on one,” says Fr Paul Stuart of his work as senior chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy. Source: Eternity News.

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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne in February (CNS/Daniel Pockett, AAP images via Reuters)

Cardinal George Pell’s legal team has accused the state’s top prosecutor of failing to properly respond to his High Court appeal bid. Source: Herald Sun.

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The Australian Pastoral Musicians National Conference in Melbourne (APMNC)

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network held its national conference in Melbourne this month, with more than 330 participants from Australia and New Zealand meeting under the theme “Listen to the Spirit and Sing”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Bishop Charles Gauci (The Catholic Leader)

Bishop Charles Gauci has spent much of his first year as Bishop of Darwin moving about Australia’s massive northern diocese that is two-and-a-half times the size of France. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The Click to Pray eRosary device will be available through Amazon stores (Click to Pray)

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has launched the first “smart Rosary”, an app-driven device that aims to foster global prayer for peace. Source: Crux.

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