Professor Joy Damousi (ACU)

Education’s distinct purpose is to be forward-thinking, but the Government’s sweeping changes to university fee structures are short-sighted, writes Australian Catholic University's Professor Joy Damousi. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Sr Patty Fawkner SGS (The Good Oil)

In the face of searing unfairness, we embrace the painful realities of life by digging deeper for hope, writes Sr Patty Fawkner SGS. Source: The Good Oil.

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Westminster Cathedral in London, which recently reopened for private prayer, will be able to hold public Masses from July 4 (CBCEW/Mazur)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has welcomed the decision that churches in England can reopen for public worship from July 4. Source: The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Warrnambool, pictured here, was one of the regional areas discussed in the new Catholic Social Services Victoria reports (Bigstock)

Catholic Social Services Victoria has identified the need for better transport options, access to social and mental health services and reducing housing stress as pressing issues for two regional Victorian communities.

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A Rohingya Woman washes her hands before entering the Caritas Community Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (Caritas Bangladesh)

There is no respite for 1.3 million refugees needing humanitarian assistance in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, following a cyclone, COVID-19 and threats posed by monsoon season. Source: Caritas Australia.

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A community volunteer in Cape Town waits to distribute food to people affected by the pandemic  (CNS photo/Mike Hutchings, Reuters)

South Africa’s bishops believe lessons learned in the fight against COVID-19 could be used to help stop the country’s ‘second pandemic’. Source: Crux.

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference had advocated for 4 per cent increase to the minimum wage for low-paid workers (Bigstock)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference says a 1.75 per cent increase in the national minimum wage falls well short of the boost needed, leaving many families vulnerable during a pandemic. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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A screenshot from The Gift of Maryknoll video, showing the Blackman’s Bay site (YouTube/Hobart Archdiocese)

The Gift of Maryknoll is a short video outlining a unique example of how the Church in Tasmania is uniting to help overcome homelessness. Source: CatholicCare Tasmania.

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Hello Hunter sees local churches working together to meet the needs of vulnerable people (Facebook/Hello Hunter)

Hello Hunter is a new initiative of churches in the Newcastle region that aims to help people who are feeling isolated, anxious or in need. Source: MNNews.Today

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People in Madrid line up to receive donated food during the COVID 19 pandemic (CNS/Susana Vera, Reuters)

Catholic organisations in Europe are urging governments to learn lessons from the COVID-19 crisis and introduce far-reaching reforms. Source: NCR Online.

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The NDIS, increasing aged-care needs and awareness of mental health and child protection are driving demand for social workers (Bigstock)

Welfare sector leaders say the Morrison Government’s plan for a 113 per cent fee hike for social work degrees will turn young people away from a critical profession where pay is low but quality workers are in high demand. Source: The Australian.

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI at Germany’s Munich Airport before his return to Rome yesterday (CNS/Sven Hoppe, pool via Reuters)

Retired Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican yesterday, five days after flying to Germany to spend time with his ailing, 96-year-old brother. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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The Diaconal Ordinations in Burkina Faso last year, where ACN supported the formation of 84 seminarians (ACN)

The international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need raised more than $171 million in 2019 for suffering and persecuted Christians around the world.

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The statue of St Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Wikimedia/scupperssf)

After the toppling of a saint’s statue in San Francisco, the city’s archbishop said important protests over racial injustice have been “hijacked” by a mob bent on violence. Source: CNA.

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Barbara Tifere with one of the blankets donated for bushfire survivors in East Gippsland (Sale Diocese)

A generous gift of blankets and beanies from a southeast Melbourne parish has been delivered to East Gippsland communities affected by Victoria's summer bushfires. Source: Sale Diocese.

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A Brisbane Catholic has launched a social media campaign to counteract the harmful effects of pornography. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Anthony Albanese (ABC News/Matt Roberts)

Labor will campaign for a royal commission into the Government’s controversial robodebt scheme, which unlawfully recovered tens of millions of dollars from welfare recipients. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Enrolments in Catholic primary schools have fallen 1.2 per cent across the nation since 2014 (Bigstock)

Enrolments at some Melbourne Catholic primary schools have dropped, particularly in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, as cost-conscious families and migrant communities choose government schools. Source: The Age.

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