Fr Benson Bulus Luka (CNA/Kafanchan Diocese)

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Slovakia to Rome yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics not in line with Church teaching, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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Fr Frank Brennan SJ (Facebook)

The Queensland Parliament, like the Victorian Parliament four years ago, is committed to legislating for euthanasia. But there are three major developments proposed that are very worrying, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: The Australian.

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The list of advisers can be found on the Plenary Council website (ACBC)

Some of the country’s leading Catholic thinkers have been engaged to support the members of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia when they gather for the first general assembly early next month. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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COVID-19 patients in the emergency room at a hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil (CNS/Diego Vara, Reuters)

Brazil is struggling to deal with the needs of more than 130,000 children who have been made orphans by the unexpected deaths of parents or caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: NCR Online.

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The project will focus on STEM learning and teaching across the Catholic education sector in Melbourne (MACS)

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools and Monash University will collaborate on a project aimed at building teacher capacity to create challenging, authentic and exciting STEM learning opportunities for their students.

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Broken Bay News was recognised for its outstanding contribution to the Catholic media landscape (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Diocese’s quarterly magazine Broken Bay News has taken out the top gong at the 2021 Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards.

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 ACSL’s  Ursula Stephens said the De La Salle audit procedures covered a sample of ministries across four countries (ACSL)

Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd has today published the safeguarding audit report of the De La Salle Brothers District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

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Carmel Debel is taking part in ACU’s Away from Base program for Indigenous students (ACU)

Inspiring First Nations people to become teachers is a major ambition of teaching student Carmel Debel, a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Source: ACU.

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Notre Dame University

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Speakers at the Edmund Rice webinar on climate change, from left, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Archbishop Peter Chong, Rev. James Bhagwan and Rev. Mata Havea Hiliau. The conversation will be facilitated by Sr Jan Barnett RSJ. (Catholic Outlook/supplied).

Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv and the Archbishop of Suva Peter Chong will join an ecumenical panel for a webinar on the urgency of addressing climate change globally and in the Pacific. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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The New Norcia property in Western Australia (New Norcia Benedictine Community website)

Benedictine monks are selling a significant parcel of farmland at New Norcia in Western Australia, with the sale price expected to reach as high as $40 million. Source: The West Australian.

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Supporters of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons sharing their message in Fremantle. (ICAN website)

More than 50 religious and colleagues have come together to understand more deeply why Australia should ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and what can be done to achieve this. Source: CRA.

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Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli (Catholic Leader)

Labor's voluntary euthanasia bill will pass in Queensland's Parliament tomorrow with the support of up to nine Liberal National Party politicians and despite the opposition of their leader, David Crisafulli. Source: The Australian.

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Newly-ordained Oratory Father Conor Power with Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Oratory Father Adrian Sharp. (Alan Edgecomb/Catholic Leader)

Fr Conor Power has become the first man ordained to the priesthood for Brisbane Oratory at a packed Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley. Source: Catholic Leader.

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Swiss Guards on parade at the Vatican (Vatican Media)

The Swiss Guard, the world’s smallest army with just 140 soldiers, is considering the previously unthinkable - opening up to female soldiers. Source: The Telegraph/The Age.

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Asylum seekers at sea (Habitat for Humanity)

The Jesuit Refugee Service in Britain has condemned the “extraordinarily dangerous proposal” to send boats back across Channel. Source: The Tablet.

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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Byzantine Divine Liturgy in Presov, Slovakia (CNS/Paul Haring)

On the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Pope Francis celebrated the Byzantine Divine Liturgy and called Christianity without the Cross worldly and sterile. Source: Catholic News Agency.

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Health staff at St Vincent

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne yesterday became Victoria’s first public hospital to make COVID vaccinations compulsory for all staff, contractors and volunteers. Source: Herald Sun.

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