The mobile clinic in St Peter’s Square yesterday (Vatican News)

A mobile health clinic stopped in St Peter’s Square yesterday to provide nine hours of free heart and general check-ups for the poor and homeless who live near the Vatican. Source: CNA.

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Msgr Philippe Bordeyne (CNS/Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences)

The pandemic has made clear that the family is a “barometer” of challenges facing the global community, but also that it is the place best equipped to help people face those challenges, said new head of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis returns to Rome following his visit to Iraq in March (CNS/Alaa Al-Marjani, Reuters)

Pope Francis said he hopes to continue travelling next year, including making visits to countries in Oceania and Southeast Asia. Source: UCA News.

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Red Frog volunteers offer lollies, practical assistance and conversation to young people (Catholic Voice)

The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese is harnessing the power of confectionery in its desire to connect with youth and young adults through a new partnership with chaplaincy support network Red Frogs Australia. Source: Catholic Voice.

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The Be Hers Sewing Centre in Hobart is a social enterprise that supports women in the workforce (Be Hers)

A sewing and alterations centre in Hobart is supporting women from migrant and refugee backgrounds by providing a pathway for paid employment and community connection. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Foodbank provides food to various charities through fundraising efforts and corporate sponsorship (YouTube/Foodbank)

Food security continues to be a problem for Australians, with 1.2 million children going hungry and one in six adults not getting enough food to eat in the past 12 months, the annual Foodbank Hunger Report has found. Source: Sight Magazine.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (The Catholic Weekly)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has urged MPs to hold the New South Wales Government accountable and ensure it does not implement weaker legislation to combat modern slavery than Parliament originally intended. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Peter Cziborra, Reuters)

Catholic Health Australia has called on the Morrison Government to continue manufacturing the AstraZeneca vaccine in Australia to make it available to nations that desperately need it.

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A demonstrator at a climate strike in Milan on October 1 ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (CNS/Flavio Lo Scalzo, Reuters)

The Catholic Church will be “everywhere” during the two-week COP26 summit, from the highest-level private negotiations to the sidelines with grassroots “social action” and community-led events, say two delegates. Source: The Tablet.

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Chinese officials complained that the Bible and Quran apps violated laws by hosting religious texts illegally (Bigstock)

American tech giant Apple has removed a Bible app and a Koran app from its App Store in China following requests from officials, triggering condemnation from rights groups over a further violation of religious freedom by the communist state. Source: UCA News.

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Schools and government bodies ensuring children had access to technology during remote learning has helped students maintain academic levels (Bigstock)

Despite schools being shut in Sydney for more than 12 weeks during the Delta outbreak, new research has found the average student has not fallen behind pre-pandemic achievement levels. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis is reorienting the power structures of the Church from a vertical, top-down style of governance to a circular, more relational approach through the global synod process, Xaviere Sister Nathalie Becquart says. Source: NCR Online.

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Migrants wait outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees negotiation office in Tripoli, Libya, on October 9 (CNS/Nada Harib, Reuters)

Pope Francis yesterday appealed to the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries. Source: CNA.

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The experience of COVID-19 has caused many Australians to experience a spiritual search, according to a new report released last week. Source: Eternity News.

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Professor David Kissane (Supplied)

A top palliative care expert has issued a call for Sydney parishioners to dramatically improve the quality of life for terminally ill people by training to be a palliative care volunteer. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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This year marked the third anniversary of the National Apology (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet)

A major trauma support organisation will run a national child sexual abuse prevention centre aimed at preventing abuse and helping survivors. Source: 7News.com.au.

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Pope Francis is interviewed at the Vatican for the documentary (CNS/Simone Risoluti, Vatican Media)

Pope Francis, Martin Scorsese, Jane Goodall and a group of less famous “over 70s” talk to young filmmakers about love in the first episode of a four-part documentary available worldwide on Netflix on Christmas Day. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop Peter A Comensoli (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has called on all major political parties to take a bipartisan approach to the Morrison Government’s proposed religious discrimination bill. Source: The Age.

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