Pope Francis with Francesca Di Giovanni, undersecretary in the Vatican

Pope Francis has strongly defended his record on naming women to positions of authority at the Vatican, saying in a new book that women do not need to be priests to serve as leaders in the global Church. Source: NCR Online.

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The letter says the changes to responsible lending laws would lead to a “ debt disaster” (Bigstock)

Catholic Social Services Australia is among a coalition of more than 200 groups and individuals to sign an open letter calling on parliamentarians to block proposed changes to the responsible lending laws. Source: Australian Financial Review.

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Pope Francis meets the delegation from the National Basketball Players Association during a private audience at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

A delegation from the US National Basketball Players Association, the union representing NBA players, met Pope Francis yesterday to discuss their work in promoting social justice. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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The protest at the University of Sydney on November 12 (The Catholic Weekly/Chriscoveries)

A student event at the University of Sydney turned ugly after protestors attacked a pro-life stall, verbally abusing and physically threatening its organisers. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Archaeologist Ken Dark says this could be the house of Jesus in Nazareth (Ken Dark)

There is a strong case that a well-preserved first-century house excavated at Nazareth was the childhood home of Jesus, a British archaeologist has claimed. Source: The Times.

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Ten episodes of the digital liturgical resource for children have been filmed (Melbourne Archdiocese)

Melbourne Archdiocese is encouraging families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday Gospels in its new weekly video series, Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Vinnies national president Claire Victory said the appeal had been launched at the end of a year ‘many would rather forget’ (St Vincent de Paul Society)

Claire Victory, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, is asking people in a position to do so to dig a bit deeper this year as Vinnies launches its Christmas Appeal after a very tough year.

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The Global Safeguarding Alliance will serve as a sign of the Church

Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Child Protection Studies is part of a new Global Safeguarding Alliance that will promote safeguarding and the prevention of abuse of children, adolescents and other vulnerable people.

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The new co-educational school will be called St Mary’s (St Mary’s College website)

Two of Melbourne’s oldest single-sex Catholic schools will merge into one co-educational school next year, although boys will outnumber girls by about five to one. Source: The Age.

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Fr John Browne with ‘Flight into Egypt’ (The Catholic Leader)

A Queensland island is the unlikely home for a religious artwork brought to Australia 50 years ago by Pope Paul VI. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sr Mary Leahy outside her converted shipping container in Port Botany (ABC News/Jack Fisher)

Sr Mary Leahy is one of only a select few that can board the ships to speak to the foreign seafarers stranded at Sydney’s sprawling Port Botany wharves due to COVID-19 border restrictions. Source: ABC News.

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Young people with the World Youth Day cross in Panama in January 2019 (CNA/Vatican Media)

Young people from Panama handed over the World Youth Day cross and Marian icon to a delegation from Portugal after Mass at St Peter's Basilica yesterday. Source: CNA.

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The Economy of Francesco event was held online at the weekend (Supplied)

Pope Francis has urged young economists, entrepreneurs and business leaders to promote post-pandemic development models that involve the poor. Source: Crux.

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Sr Monica Cavanagh (SOSJ)

The Sisters of St Joseph have applauded the decision by the Victorian Government to prioritise social housing in its upcoming budget and called on the Commonwealth to do more to address a chronic shortage of housing nationwide.

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Bishop Robert Rabbat and Archbishop Anthony Fisher MP (centre) and attendees at the planting (The Catholic Weekly/Patrick J Lee)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP commended the strength of Middle Eastern Christians as Sydney’s Melkite Catholic community planted a Lebanese cedar outside St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Bernadette White (CHA)

Trailblazing obstetrician Bernadette White has been awarded Catholic Health Australia’s Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award for her dedication to the health sector.

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The bishops’ plenary agenda includes a review of Church governance, safeguarding, priestly formation and COVID-19 (ACBC/CNS/Bigstock and Hobart Archdiocese)

Australia’s Catholic bishops will tomorrow open their second plenary meeting of the year under COVID-19 restrictions, with almost 40 bishops and other senior Church figures to gather online. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Fr Brendan Reed (CBDparish.org.au)

Places of worship in Victoria will be able to hold religious ceremonies for up to 150 people indoors and 300 people outdoors from today after Premier Daniel Andrews further eased COVID-19 restrictions in the state. Source: The Age.

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