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The Vatican has issued a new instruction on the renewal of parish life, urging parishes to abandon “outdated” models and to embrace what Pope Francis has styled as a spirit of “missionary evangelisation”.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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Aged care visits will be restricted to carers only with a limit of one hour per day (Bigstock)

The increasing number of coronavirus cases in aged care facilities in Victoria has prompted the announcement of new measures to reduce the risk of spread. Source: Ballarat Courier.

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The Centrelink website (ABC News/Nic MacBean)

New economic modelling suggests over half a million Australians would be thrown into poverty if the JobSeeker payment returns to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic level of $40 a day. Source: SBS News.

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Young woman in bed suffering from cancer. Thoughtful woman battling with tumor looking out of window. Young patient with blue headscarf recovery in hospital on bed.

A new group has been launched to oppose euthanasia legislation in Tasmania, with legislation expected to be introduced to the state's parliament next month. Source: Tasmania Talks.

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0720OLOL Our Lady of Lebanon Harris Park Wikimedia Sardaka

A Maronite church in western Sydney was closed on Saturday after a parishioner tested positive to COVID-19. Source: Daily Telegraph.

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Deacon Greg Lowe at Perth Archdiocese’s Multicultural Mass in October 2019 (The Record/Ron Tan)

A new initiative to encourage parishes and local communities to harbour a fully inclusive Church environment has been launched by the West Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office. Source: The Record.

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The blaze at Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral in Nantes, France, on Saturday (BBC)

A fire at the cathedral in Nantes on Saturday is believed to have been started deliberately, French prosecutors say. Source: BBC News.

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A man searches through a dumpster in Lebanon in April.  (CNS/Ali Hashisho, Reuters)

Caritas Internationalis has echoed Pope Francis’ call for debt relief to poor countries reeling from war, poverty and the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNS.

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Francesca Cimmino (front centre) receives holy water from the Forsyth family and Sr Jasmine Lawrence and Fr Selva Raj (The Southern Cross)

An Adelaide family has helped bring holy water to isolated senior parishioners who have missed regular connections with the Church during COVID-19 restrictions. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Failing to address the unemployment and underemployment challenges facing Australia will have significant impacts on the social and economic wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people for many years, writes Joe Zabar. Source: Pro Bono News.

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