Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act comes into effect on June 19 (Bigstock)

Victorian Catholic Health Australia member organisations have affirmed they will not provide euthanasia services when the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act comes into effect in the state next week.

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A screenshot from The Pope Video for June (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for June, which is that priests may commit themselves to “solidarity with those who are most poor”. Source: Vatican News.

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Bishops listen to speakers on the first day of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore yesterday (CNS/Bob Roller)

Debate over the role lay people could have in the oversight of bishops dominated day one of a United States bishops’ meeting on accountability yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta has forbidden the use of the traditional Latin Mass for all liturgical celebrations within the order. Source: The Tablet.

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Sr Mary Shanahan (Supplied)

Queen’s Birthday honours have been bestowed upon several leading Catholic lay and religious leaders, recognising their decades of work as servants of the Church in Australia. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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Cutting the solar cake to celebrate the energy efficiency rollout at Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill (Supplied)

Almost one quarter of Catholic schools in Sydney’s west are switching to solar power and energy efficient lighting, under a program tipped to save the schools up to $1 million a year. Source: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

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Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB (Melbourne Catholic)

Salesian priest and former ISIS captive Fr Tom Uzhunnalil shared his powerful testimony of survival this week during a visit to Melbourne. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Anglican and Catholic representatives mark the 10th anniversary of the covenant (The Catholic Leader/Michelle McDonald)

Catholic leaders in south-east Queensland have celebrated a decade-long reaffirmation of a “covenant of understanding” with the local Anglican church. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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An analysis of NAPLAN results found large differences in students’ average scores linked to their specific cultural background and language spoken at home (Bigstock)

A student’s cultural background has been found to have a significant impact on their academic results, sparking calls for an overhaul in the way educational advantage in school communities is measured. Source: The Australian.

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The six National Themes for Discernment (Plenary Council 2020)

The Plenary Council 2020 has moved into its next phase with the release of the National Themes for Discernment on Pentecost Sunday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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US missionary Dr Tom Catena examines a patient at a hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan (CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

By virtue of their Baptism, all Catholics are called to be missionaries, sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus by their actions and their words, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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The new document from the Congregation for Catholic Education “Male and Female He Created Them” (Vatican Media)

Catholic schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God’s plan for creation, said the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Michael Austin, Director of CatholicCare, Bishop Brian Mascord, Bishop of Wollongong and Peter Turner, Director of Schools at the MOU signing (CatholicCareDOW)

CatholicCare is set to become the provider of choice in Out of School Hours Care (OOSH) for Catholic schools in the Wollongong Diocese, supporting families in their daily lives.

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Mass at St Thomas of Syriac in Mosul, Iraq (Vatican News)

Pope Francis said he “thinks constantly of Iraq” and wishes to travel there in the coming year. Source: Vatican News.

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona (Wikimedia/CMessier and Canaan)

Construction of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia may have started 137 years ago, but the emblematic basilica only got a building permit on Friday. Source: SBS News.

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Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral in Lego (The eRecord/David Lefort)

A St Mary’s Cathedral parishioner has created a Lego model of the Perth cathedral, using more than 8800 pieces of the plastic construction toy bricks. Source: The eRecord.

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Sr Jacinta Fong (Facebook/St Vincent’s Hospital Heart Health)

When violent patients high on the drug ice see Sr Jacinta Fong at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, they often visibly relax. Source: ABC News.

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Bill Sultmann, co-author of a new report on religious education in Catholic schools (ACU)ACU

A report on religious education in Catholic schools has confirmed the need for it to remain grounded in the tradition of the Catholic Church while being responsive and relevant for all students. Source: ACU.

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