A young mother and child at Houses to Homes (Parramatta Diocese)

For more than 30 years, a small and dedicated team in Western Sydney has been empowering young mothers and mums-to-be to break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness. Source: Catholic Outlook

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Pope Francis greets Najib Mikati at the Vatican yesterday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis told Lebanon’s new prime minister on Thursday that the crisis-hit country is worth fighting to save. Source: CNA.

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A young migrant from Iran hoping to go to England watches ferries from a beach in Calais, France (CNS/Pascal Rossignol, Reuters)

British Catholic leaders have spoken out after 27 people died attempting to cross the English Channel in an inflatable boat. Source: The Tablet.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison tabled the religious discrimination bill in Parliament yesterday (Supplied)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli says the religious discrimination bill offers “a positive expression of religious freedom” that mark “progression towards parity with other anti-discrimination laws”. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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New South Wales Parliament House (Supplied)

Euthanasia is one step closer in New South Wales after Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s bill to legalise the practice passed the first vote in the lower house on Thursday. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The cover of the Laudato Si’ Reader (CNS/Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

Despite the disappointing outcome of the COP26 summit on climate change, Pope Francis said he knows it is not too late for humanity to act to combat environmental destruction and increasing poverty. Source: Crux.

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Zoë Barry with her ARIA Award (Supplied)

Melbourne Catholic school music teacher Zoë Barry has been named the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Teacher of the Year for 2021. Source: Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.

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Brisbane

Brisbane Archdiocese has launched an online parish to engage the thousands of Catholics who practise their faith through a digital format, with Fr Peter Brannelly appointed the first online parish priest.

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Andrew Garfield in tick, tick ... Boom! (Netflix/Macall Polay)

Set in 1990, tick, tick … Boom! is a tribute to the life and music of Jonathan Larson, who wrote the Broadway success, Rent. Source: Australian Catholics.

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St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne floodlit for Red Wednesday last night (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral was one of many landmarks floodlit red last night to raise awareness of the plight of those persecuted for their religious beliefs. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Between July and September, the NSW Ageing Disability Commission received 701 reports relating to elder abuse (Bigstock)

Fears have been raised about scant training for doctors to spot elder abuse and coercion if euthanasia laws being debated in New South Wales Parliament are passed. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Theodore McCarrick (CNS/Gregory A Shemitz)

Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims the former United States cardinal abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. Source: Crux.

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Forty-six passengers were killed after the bus crashed into a guard rail and burst into flames (Vatican News/AFP)

Pope Francis has expressed deep sadness for the loss of life and the injuries caused by a fatal bus incident in Bulgaria on Monday. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican yesterday (Vatican Media)

St Joseph continues to protect the Catholic Church, just like he protected the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus, Pope Francis said at his general audience yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Maitland-Newcastle Diocese priest consultors were pallbearers at Bishop Bill Wright’s funeral yesterday (Maitland-Newcastle Diocese)

Mourners paid their respects yesterday to former Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright, who was farewelled at a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Hamilton. Source: Newcastle Weekly.

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Scott Morrison (ABC News/Tamara Penniket)

Conservative Liberal MPs have urged Scott Morrison to avoid further “watering down” of the Government’s religious discrimination bill and not buckle under pressure from moderate colleagues. Source: The Australian.

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Robert Falzon (Supplied)

“Fatherhood really matters. Done well it is world changing. Done badly, it is catastrophic.” This was the key message Catholic speaker and author Robert Falzon brought to dads during a recent visit to Tasmania. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Low-income Australians are priced out of the rental market, with housing affordability worse than pre-pandemic levels in some areas, an analysis has found. Source: The Guardian.

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