Jamberoo Abbey is home to 24 Benedictine nuns who live largely in silence (Jamberoo Abbey)

Silence is an “extremely significant part” of life at Jamberoo Abbey, according to Benedictine Abbess Hilda Scott. Source: ABC Life Matters.

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Iraqi security forces at the site of a suicide bombing at the al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad on July 19 (CNS/Wissam Al-Okaili, Reuters)

Pope Francis is “deeply saddened” by a bombing at a market in the Iraqi capital that killed at least 30 people. Source: CNA.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society is among the charities opposed to proposed laws that would restrict advocacy (Bigstock)

Leading Australian charities have asked the United Nations to urgently intervene against plans by the Morrison Government to shut down organisations engaging in advocacy. Source: Australian Financial Review.

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Pilgrims holding the Slovak flag cheer in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on July 4 as Pope Francis announces he will visit their country in September (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis’ September trip to Hungary and Slovakia features a packed schedule that shows he has no intention of slowing down despite his recent recovery from colon surgery. Source: NCR Online.

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The online initiatives cover a wide array of aspects of the Catholic faith  (Archdiocese of Sydney Centre for Evangelisation)

The Archdiocese of Sydney Centre for Evangelisation has introduced some online initiatives to sustain and enrich the spiritual life of Catholics in lockdown. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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(Good Samaritan Education)

Today is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Good Samaritan Education, which continues the work of the Good Samaritan Sisters in providing a distinctive Catholic education, writes Moira Najdecki.

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Zed Seselja (Twitter/Zed Seselja)

The ACT’s Labor-Greens controlled Parliament would likely pass the “most extreme” voluntary euthanasia laws in the country if granted the power to legislate on the issue, Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has warned. Source: Canberra Times.

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Fr Ormond Rush and Susan Pascoe (Supplied)

The general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has named the members of a steering committee and two commissions helping to prepare the 2023 synod, including Australians Fr Ormond Rush and Adjunct Professor Susan Pascoe. Source: CNA.

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John Walsh, an architect of the original NDIS, said the NDIS had been a lost opportunity

Two architects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme have lashed the Commonwealth Government and the scheme’s agency for mishandling the $25 billion-a-year scheme. Source: The Australian.

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Taj Trask and Martin Pascoe (The Southern Cross)

A program to increase connection to and understanding of Indigenous culture and heritage has been a positive experience for all involved at St Michael’s College in Adelaide, according to facilitator Martin Pascoe. Source: The Southern Cross.

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European Union flags outside EU headquarters in Brussels (CNS/Yves Herman, Reuters)

European bishops have called on the European Union to do more to protect religious freedom as part of efforts to strengthen the bloc’s role as a “global humanitarian, development, economic and peace actor.” Source: CNS.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison (file photo)

Coronavirus outbreaks have plunged more than half of Australia into lockdown, sparking calls for more federal support. Source: SBS News.

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Notre Dame University

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Debris  near flooded homes in Kreuzberg, Germany, on Monday (CNS/Wolfgang Rattay, Reuters)

Catholic churches in Germany have offered spiritual and financial support to survivors of devastating flooding in two regions of the country. Source: Crux.

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Students Ashleigh Dobson, Liam Mackay and Kendall Croucher will take part in this year’s Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival (Townsville Catholic Education)

More than 750 Catholic school students from across North Queensland are this week gathering at Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre to pull together a major arts concert in just five days. Source: Townsville Catholic Education.

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Anne Walker and Br Peter Carroll FMS (CRA)

Catholic Religious Australia has written to the Morrison Government, highlighting where its refugee and asylum-seeker policies do not uphold Australia’s international human rights obligations.

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Until now, the annual seminarians soccer match has been the only opportunity for Australia

A new conference for seminarians across Australia aims to improve the connection between men training for the priesthood. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Monique Earsman (Supplied)

Monique Earsman, whose has worked in the federal and ACT parliaments and within the Church, has been named the new executive director of Catholic Social Services Australia.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP says Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s plan to introduce a euthanasia bill to the New South Wales Parliament is “particularly insensitive” during the pandemic. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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