Labor senator Penny Wong, right, debates the bill in the Senate yesterday while Liberal senator Matthias Cormann looks on (Ten Daily)

Labor and the Coalition are in a stalemate over proposed legislation to remove discrimination against gay students and teachers at religious schools. Source: The Age.

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Stephen Elder (Catholic Education Melbourne)

Catholic Education Melbourne executive director Stephen Elder is on leave pending an investigation into an unsubstantiated workplace complaint. Source: The Australian.

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Pope Francis addresses Jesuits at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

There is no growth without some form of crisis and there is no victory without a battle, Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Rosies general manager Deacon Andrew O’Brien, left, with LUCRF chief executive officer Charlie Donnelly (The Catholic Leader/Nicholas Holt)

A superannuation fund has gifted a van and a barbecue trailer worth $60,000 to Rosies in Beenleigh, Queensland, to help the charity meet the needs of vulnerable people. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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ACU Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven (ACU)

Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor and President Greg Craven will lead the university until at least 2022 after having his term extended for the fourth time.

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A Christmas tree is set up in Milan, Italy, last week, in preparation for Advent (CNS/Daniel Dal Zennaro, EPA)

The beginning of the Advent season is a good time to reflect on the Christian call to joyful expectancy, finding hope and consolation in waiting for Christ, Pope Francis said at the weekend. Source: CNA.

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Dr Stephen Parnis (Healthpages Wiki)

An emergency doctor who spearheaded campaigns against the legalisation of euthanasia in Victoria is in Perth to warn of the risks of introducing similar laws in Western Australia. Source: WA Today.

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Fire rages in Deepwater in the Rockhampton Diocese last week (Facebook/Queensland Fire and Emergency Service)

Queensland’s devastating bushfires have seen Catholic communities throughout the Rockhampton Diocese scramble to assist one another during the ongoing emergency. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Khadim Hussain Rizvi (Wikimedia)

Pakistan has charged a firebrand cleric with sedition and terrorism for staging violent protests after Catholic death row inmate Asia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy. Source: ucanews.com.

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The Plenary Council process is one of prayer, listening, sharing and discernment (Unsplash/Ashley Batz)

As we prepare for the Plenary Council 2020, we are being encouraged to speak boldly and to share what is in our hearts, writes Fr Noel Connolly SSC. Source: Columban eBulletin.

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/Scott Morrison)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has accused Labor of a breach of faith on religious freedom by refusing a Coalition proposal to prevent discrimination against gay students. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The Pope, with a large candle beside him, at yesterday’s Sunday Angelus prayerThe Pope, with a large candle beside him, at yesterday’s Sunday Angelus prayer (Vatican Media)

Marking the beginning of Advent, Pope Francis yesterday prayed for “martyred” Syria, sharing a sign of hope with the children of the beleaguered country, at war for more than eight years. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy, syllabus project officer Janina Starkey and Maitland Newcastle Catholic Schools Office

A new syllabus that takes a liberal arts approach to the teaching of religious education will be taught in Catholic schools across New South Wales and the ACT. Source: MNnews Today.

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Australian bishops and young people celebrate the end of the Year of Youth (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference welcomed a group of young Catholics from across the country to Sydney last week as the Church in Australia marked the end of the Year of Youth. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Francis said the Church has to urge homosexual priests to live celibacy with integrity (Vatican Media)

In a book-length interview to be published today, Pope Francis addresses gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy. Source: CNA.

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An image from the Free From Violence Against Women and Girls report (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia has launched a groundbreaking new report documenting the experiences of women seeking asylum in Australia who have encountered sexual and gender-based violence. Source: Australian Jesuits.

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Christine Shanahan (ACU)

A palliative care nurse was named Australian Catholic University's 2018 Alumni of the Year at an award ceremony in Sydney last Thursday.

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The ring, found 50 years ago, was overlooked for decades (J Rodman/ C. Amit, Hebrew University)

A 2000-year-old bronze ring found near Bethlehem bears the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who ordered Jesus Christ to be crucified, archeologists have revealed. Source: The Telegraph UK.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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