The Christmas Island detention centre when it was in operation in 2008 (Wikimedia/DIAC)

The Morrison Government could face dozens of expensive legal cases as a result of its plans to transfer sick refugees and asylum-seekers to Christmas Island instead of the Australian mainland. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The AMA said there were too many older Australians waiting for access to aged care packages (Bigstock)

After almost two weeks of hearings in Adelaide, the royal commission into aged care is about to take its inquiry on the road. Source: SBS News.

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Blessed John Henry Newman (CNS/Catholic Bishops of England and Wales)

When the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had signed a decree recognising a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, clearing the way for his canonisation, there was rejoicing in Chicago. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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Nicholas Sandmann (left) and Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., on January 18 (YouTube)

Lawyers for a Catholic high school student in the United States who was at the centre of a viral video controversy are suing the Washington Post, seeking $350m in damages. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Pope Francis greets a Swiss Guard during his weekly general audience yesterday (Vatican Media)

Despite the best efforts of human beings, it is only God the Father who will never fall short in loving his children, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Farmers use a jet ski to wrangle their horses through flooded fields in North Queensland (The Catholic Leader/Robbie Katter)

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said he is troubled by the crushing debt falling on people following this month’s floods in North Queensland. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Domestic violence forced Julia out of her home (ABC News/Phoebe Hosier)

CatholicCare Tasmania will manage a new development that will see a disused Hobart building transformed into eight affordable housing units for women aged over 50. Source: ABC News.

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Religious superiors admit denial slowness to act against abuse (CNS composite file photo)

Twisted ideas of power and authority in the Church have contributed to the clerical sexual abuse crisis, global leaders of religious orders have said. Source: CNS.

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Sheree Limbrick (CPSL)

A second draft of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards that will support the Church's work in ensuring safe places for children and vulnerable adults has been released prior to final adoption. Source: CPSL.

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Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where the Understanding Unbelief conference will be held (Creative Commons/Eric Vandeville)

Fifty years after it held the world’s first international conference examining the rise of atheism and secularism, the Vatican is joining forces with a British research initiative to host a conference on “cultures of unbelief”. Source: Sight Magazine.

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Catholic Health Australia says offering better pay to personal care workers would attract more staff to the aged care sector (Bigstock)

Aged care workers need better pay and more training to help change the perception the sector is “the last place that you would want to work”, the aged care royal commission has been told. Source: The Australian.

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Bishop Greg Homeming OCD and Fr Frank Brennan SJ at the CSSA conference in Port Macquarie, NSW (ACBC)

The first call for those working in social services is to see the need of others through the eyes of God, Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming OCD has told Catholic social service leaders from across the country. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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Asylum-seekers who are found to need a medical transfer will first be sent to the Christmas Island detention centre (ABC/Hayden Cooper)

Sick people on Manus Island and Nauru will be sent to Christmas Island, not the mainland, under new medevac laws, the head of the Home Affairs Department has revealed. Source: The Guardian.

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Pope Francis delivers the homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae yesterday (Vatican Media)

In his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae yesterday, Pope Francis compared the Biblical flood of Noah’s time to the many wars being waged today. Source: Vatican News.

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Jars of water from Mercy groups carried to the ceremony (Mercy World)

Australian Mercy Sisters took part in a “Blessing of the Rivers” ceremony on Saturday in response to the mass fish kills in the Darling River. Source: Mercy World.

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The ACT Government

A new law will make it a crime for any adult in Canberra not to report suspected child sexual abuse, including priests who learn of offences through hearing confessions. Source: ABC News.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge in a screenshot from the video message (ACBC)

The royal commission into child sexual abuse is a roadmap that can help guide the Church’s response to decades of crimes and cover-ups, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in Rome on Tuesday. Source: SBS News.

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Iona College dean of faith and mission Wayne Wilden presents 3:16 badges to students (The Catholic Leader)

Three Brisbane Catholic schools have started 2019 with a new two-year religious course to coincide with the implementation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) system in Queensland. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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