Data from energy company Jemena shows households are using16 per cent more electricity this year (Bigstock)

More than a quarter of Australian households suffer from energy poverty, risking their health and comfort during winter to avoid “billing anxiety”. Source: The Age.

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An aged care royal commission interim report found seniors could wait more than a year for an approved home care package (Bigstock)

More than 100,000 older Australians are waiting for at-home care packages they have already been approved for, with aged care groups warning the stagnating waiting list could prematurely force some into residential facilities. Source: The Guardian.

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Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CNS/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

A bishop in the Philippines has defended a recent pastoral letter issued by the nation's bishops conference criticising the Duterte Government's new anti-terrorism law. Source: Crux.

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Operation Flinders Foundation Inc used an In a Good Place grant last year to support at risk youth to participate in a remote outback intervention program (CCI Giving)

Grants of up to $20,000 are now available to not-for-profit organisations throughout rural, regional and remote Australia to support projects that improve and strengthen the mental health of their communities. Source: CCI Giving.

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Students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday Island during last year’s Socktober (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission’s annual Socktober program, which encourages students to learn about mission and social justice through soccer, was launched in South Brisbane yesterday.

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Rupertswood mansion at Salesian College Sunbury (Wikipedia/Timwether)

A Catholic secondary college in outer Melbourne has made Wednesdays a work from home day for year 11 and 12 students. Source: Herald Sun.

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Scott Morrison at his press conference yesterday (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is under renewed pressure to permanently increase the rate of JobSeeker as he promises recipients they will receive a more generous amount than the $550 Newstart allowance into 2021. Source: The Australian.

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Bishop Mark Edwards OMI (ACBC)

After years of waiting, the Wagga Wagga Diocese will have a new bishop when Bishop Mark Edwards OMI is installed today. Source: The Daily Advertiser.

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Pope Francis meets children attending the Vatican’s summer camp (Vatican News)

Pope Francis made a surprise visit yesterday to a sports camp for the children of Vatican employees. Source: CNA.

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The restored Maronite Cathedral of St Elijah in Aleppo (Aid to the Church in Need)

A Syrian Catholic cathedral struck by missiles over a five-year period has reopened following its restoration. Source: CNA.

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People maintain social distancing at Mass at St Mary

The Vatican has issued a new instruction on the renewal of parish life, urging parishes to abandon “outdated” models and to embrace what Pope Francis has styled as a spirit of “missionary evangelisation”. Source: Crux.

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Josh Frydenberg (ABC News Breakfast screenshot)

Millions of workers will keep receiving the JobKeeper wage subsidy until the end of March in an extension of the $70 billion program under a fresh eligibility test to ensure the payments go to those in genuine need. Source: The Age.

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About 3000 Australians die by suicide each year (Bigstock)

Suicide is more than a mental health issue and reducing the suicide rate will require broad policy thinking and funding, an adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the issue warns. Source: The Australian.

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Catholic lawyers have accused the New South Wales Government of delaying the start of anti-slavery laws that would force it to confront the risk of forced labour in its own supply chains. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Average sales at Vinnies stores in WA have jumped by 40 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels (Bigstock)

Op shops have emerged as an unlikely winner amid the coronavirus pandemic, with stores reporting sales at far higher rates than before the virus forced many retail outlets to shut down. Source: ABC News.

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Map shows the new territories in the Australia province (in red) (Champagnat.org)

Marists celebrated the joining of the District of Melanesia with the Province of Australia with a special online gathering yesterday.

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Dr Alan McCarthy teaching a workshop on vectors to year 12 Maths Extension 2 students (UNDA)

The University of Notre Dame Australia has teamed up with Sydney Catholic Schools to support year 12 students studying maths.

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A patient suffering from COVID-19 on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of a Paris hospital, April 2020 (CNS/Benoit Tessier, Reuters)

Who will be allocated a ventilator, and who will miss out? Who decides, and on what basis, ask St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Erwin Loh and Daniel Fleming. Source: Insight+ Medical Journal of Australia.

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The controversial statue of St Michael in Benin (Facebook/Beninmedias)

A statue of St Michael in the west African nation of Benin has been condemned as racist as the Black Lives Movement continues to spark debate across the globe. Source: Crux.

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