Pax Christi campaigners outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, 2019 (The Catholic Universe)

Catholic peace activists have condemned the UK Government’s decision to resume selling arms to Saudi Arabia, warning of the “unspeakable consequences” for those against whom the weapons may be used. Source: The Tablet.

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A person in a protective face mask walks along the Princes Bridge in Melbourne, July 17 (CNS/Daniel Pockett, Reuters)

The Pontifical Academy for Life has released a document that expresses concern that the coronavirus pandemic is aggravating global inequalities. Source: CNA.

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Souvenirs are displayed at a 2019 demonstration in Madrid against the exhumation General Francisco Franco (CNS/Javier Barbancho, Reuters)

The Vatican distanced itself again from any involvement in the Spanish Government’s decision to exhume the remains of the country’s late dictator, General Francisco Franco. Source: CNS.

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Deacon Peter Pellicaan (The Catholic Leader)

Brisbane Archdiocese’s evangelisation director believes a new instruction from the Vatican for the renewal of parishes will help the Church to “look, feel and sound more like Jesus”. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Bishop Mark Edwards OMI speaks during his liturgical reception at St Michael’s Cathedral, Wagga, yesterday (Wagga Wagga Diocese)

Bishop Mark Edwards OMI said being installed as the new bishop of Wagga Wagga Diocese yesterday was a “call from God through the Church”.

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MacKillop Family Services building in South Melbourne (Open House Melbourne)

While Melbourne is in lockdown, MacKillop Family Services is throwing open its virtual doors this weekend as part of the Open House Melbourne digital program. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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The council also questioned the reintroduction of mutual obligation requirements (Services Australia website)

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has questioned the different timeframes for the extension of the JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments announced this week.

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The report warns that many government schemes introduced to help businesses would not help charities survive (Social Ventures Australia website)

One in six charities is at risk of needing a handout to stay afloat due to the coronavirus pandemic, putting jobs at risk unless the Commonwealth Government provides more help, a new report warns. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Xavier College’s Kostka Hall campus in Brighton (Xavier College website)

One of Victoria's oldest schools, Xavier College, will close one of its three campuses to boost cash and in the face of declining enrolments. Source: The Age.

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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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