Dr Zachariah Duke has extensive experience in disability theology and its practical application (VMCH)

Recent progress in the Church on the inclusion of people with a disability is encouraging, but there is more to be done, says Zachariah Duke, who has been appointed as an advisor to Melbourne Catholic services provider VMCH.

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Year 8 students from St Ignatius College Riverview raised $2200 for people in Cambodia impacted upon by COVID-19 (Jesuit Mission)

Students at St Ignatius’ College Riverview have committed to walk 7000km - the distance from Sydney to Cambodia - to raise money for Cambodians whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19. Source: Jesuit Mission.

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The consultation process has been designed to be accessible and allow a wide range of voices to be heard. (CPSL)

Consultations on the draft second edition of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards being developed by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd are now underway.

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Bishop Bernardo Bahlmann distributes medical equipment brought by the Pope Francis Hospital Ship (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has donated a ventilator to a hospital in Brazil as the medical ship named in his honour is re-tasked to bring medical assistance to coronavirus-hit communities on the Amazon River. Source: Vatican News.

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Catholic Social Services Austraia and Vinnies have called for an independent panel to review income support payments

The Morrison Government’s decision on the future of the Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments must deliver an outcome that adequately supports those who are vulnerable, Catholic Social Services Australia says.

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An internally displaced woman at a camp in Abuja, Nigeria

A report from the Nigeria-based International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law claims 620 Nigerian Christians were killed in the first six months of this year. Source: Crux.

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Campion College students on campus before the pandemic shutdown. (Campion College/Giovanni Portelli Photography)

Campion College will welcome students back to its Sydney-based campus for second semester with preparations being made for a return to face-to-face classes later this month.

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Two more prisoners are set to be executed this week (Bigstock)

The US government executed its first federal inmate in 17 years yesterday, following numerous delays and requests for clemency from the family of the victims. Source: CNA.

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Thousands of international students are struggling as casual work dries up in the lockdown and they aren

International students in Melbourne are turning to foodbanks to survive as casual work dries up in the second Melbourne lockdown. Source: The Guardian.

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Willetton parishioners and priests with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and Bishop Don Sproxton (Ron Tan/eRecord)

A group of parishioners has been among the first to answer the invitation from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB to make a submission to a parliamentary inquiry on the importance of the seal of the confessional. Source: The eRecord.

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Eucalyptus trees recovering after last Summer

CatholicCare Wollongong has announced the commencement of the Bushfire Recovery Counselling Support Program and the appointment of a local recovery counsellor to assist people who have been affected by recent bushfires.

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Bishop Michael McKenna has been appointed to the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue (ACBC/Giovanni Portelli Photography)

Pope Francis has appointed Bathurst’s Bishop Michael McKenna as a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. Source: Diocese of Bathurst.

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Teachers don

Melbourne parents need to take the pressure off themselves now they are once again supporting their children's learning at home, according to two education experts. Source: ACU.

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The research found Australia’s most disadvantaged electorate was Hinkler in regional Queensland. (Pixabay)

New research on disadvantage in Australia has found that it’s not just income that matters when calculating disadvantage, but other factors such as health and education. Source: The Conversation.

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A statue of Mary in the grotto at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (CNS/Paul Haring)

An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes this Sunday will "affirm the power of prayer" against COVID-19, said the shrine's vice rector. Source: CNS.

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Cardinal George Pell on Sky News in April. (CNS screen grab)

Cardinal George Pell says he was spat on and abused by fellow prisoners while serving time in jail for historical child sex offences and that, in his darkest hours, he contemplated abandoning his fight to clear his name. Source: The Australian.

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Two-thirds of private schools in Victoria are in deep financial stress (Bigstock)

Independent schools in Melbourne have backflipped on decisions to slash fees as thousands of students prepare for a return to remote learning. Source: Herald-Sun.

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A US judge has ruled that the drugs to be used in federal executions may cause pain and suffering and were therefore likely unconstitutional (Bigstock)

A US court has ordered a delay of the first scheduled federal execution in 17 years, saying the drug to be used would likely cause extreme pain and suffering, in violation of the Constitution. Source: CNA.

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The Bureau of Prisons has been instructed to resume the execution of federal prisoners on death row for the first time since 2003 (Bigstock)

Several US bishops, along with clergy and religious brothers and sisters, have signed a statement opposing federal executions that are scheduled to resume this month. Source: CNA.

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