Bill Shorten (ABC/Nick Haggarty)

More than 10,000 asylum-seekers who arrived in Australia under the border policies of the Rudd and Gillard governments would be given a pathway to citizenship under a Shorten government. Source: The Australian.

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Pilgrims dip in a landmine-free area of the Jordan River (CNS/Debbie Hill)

Churches at the site along the banks of the Jordan River where Jesus is believed to have been baptised could reopen within a year, as thousands of landmines are cleared from the location. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis eating with the poor on the World Day of the Poor last month (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday lamented that the poor, the unborn, those imprisoned and those who have been forcibly “disappeared” do not enjoy the same human rights protections as the wealthy. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has invited Christians to live the Advent season preparing for Christmas by asking for the grace of keeping the faith. Source: Vatican News.

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Fr Frank Brennan SJ (Facebook)

Ten years ago, I was privileged to chair the Rudd Government’s human rights consultation that recommended a national human rights act. Neither side of politics was interested in this suggestion, writes Fr Frank Brennan. Source: Eureka Street.

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The Christmas Rally at the John Peace Centre, Melbourne (Melbourne Catholic)

Members of Victoria’s deaf community and their families attended a special Christmas Mass Rally at the John Pierce Centre in Melbourne last week. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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The youth survey reveals four out of 10 of young people identified mental health as the top issue facing Australia (Bigstock)

Chaplains have reacted to the findings of a new youth survey, saying the high number of young people concerned about mental health should be a call to action to the Church as well as Australia’s health sector. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Scott Morrison (left) and Daniel Andrews (Facebook/ScottMorrison4Cook/DanielAndrewsMP)

The education of Victorian children is being put at risk by Premier Daniel Andrews’ refusal to sign up to the Coalition Government’s school funding offer, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday. Source: The Age.

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Dr Kate Levett (The eRecord)

A researcher from the University of Notre Dame Australia has joined an effort to reduce the number of medical interventions that occur during childbirth. Source: The Record.

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Archivist Pru Francis with some of the Hobart Archdiocese textile collection (Hobart Archdiocese)

A major overhaul of the storage of vestments and other liturgical textiles is under way at Tasmania’s archdiocesan archives. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Sand Nativity and Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square, Vatican (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square were unveiled in a ceremony on Friday. Source: CNS.

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The Church is working closely with the Department of Social Services to facilitate formal entry into the scheme (National Redress Scheme website)

The Church’s entry into the National Redress Scheme will take place as dioceses are ready, rather than the original plan to have all dioceses enter at once. Source: ACBC.

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It’s claimed the number of women sexually abused by clergy is four times the figure for children (Biigstock)

While the child abuse royal commission shone a much-needed light on clergy assaults against children, adults who have also been the victims of sexual misconduct by priests say they are yet to be properly recognised. Source: The Age.

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The Light of Christmas display at the Horsley Park parish in late November (Facebook/Our Lady of Victories Horsley Park)

A Sydney parish has been forced to cancel its inaugural Christmas light show after $10,000 worth of the display was stolen last week. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Barry Cleary, Roslyn Rajasingam, chef Mario and a seafarer with a gift bag (ACBC)

A visit from the Apostleship of the Sea ministry brought some early Christmas cheer for seafarers on three ships docked at Port Botany in Sydney. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis greets the faithful gathered in Rome for the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Vatican Media)

Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis prayed for people struggling to survive and for families who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop Paul Gallagher (ACBC)

The Vatican’s foreign minister has told a group of his European counterparts that discrimination against Christians might well be termed “the last acceptable prejudice” in many societies. Source: Crux.

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The beatification ceremony of 19 martyrs in Oran, Algeria, on Saturday (Vatican Media)

Seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during Algeria’s civil war were beatified on Saturday in the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation. Source: SBS News.

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