Refugee Week runs until Sunday, June 21 (Refugee Week Australia)

Refugee Week has this year been swallowed by the disruption caused by COVID-19, and by the fracturing of society in the United States, writes Fr Andy Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Ken Wyatt (Facebook/KenWyattMP)

Recommendations about what an Indigenous voice to Parliament should look like will be delayed until at least November, ending almost all hope of a referendum on constitutional recognition before the next election. Source: The Australian.

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Julie Edwards (Jesuit Social Services)

The Victorian Government’s $9.8 million funding to extend emergency accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and plan pathways into long-term housing is a positive step, says Jesuit Social Services.

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A scientist in St Petersburg, Russia, works on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Anton Vaganov, Reuters)

The Vatican and bishops around the world have been urging governments and scientists to support the development of vaccines that have no connection to abortion. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Gabrielle Fernandes (The Catholic Leader)

Australian Catholic University pastoral associate Gabrielle Fernandes spends her working days giving, and giving back – a gift she received when she was a schoolgirl. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Gary Christensen (MNNews.Today)

Australia has had great success in flattening the coronavirus curve but that victory has come with a devastating side effect – massive unemployment. Source: MNNews.Today.

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Pope Francis prays in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis expressed “great apprehension and sorrow” after eight mass graves were discovered in Libya. Source: CNA.

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Counselling for children traumatised by the bushfires is among the projects funded by Catholic Emergency Relief Australia (Bigstock)

Fifteen organisations have received funding from Catholic Emergency Relief Australia to support communities recovering from bushfires that devastated large parts of the country last summer. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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More than 100 Catholic schools in the United States are expected to close this year, largely due to financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession. Source: Crux.

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Axel Dushime (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

The discovery that his two sisters are alive in Africa means the world to young Brisbane-based refugee Axel Dushime. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Calls to Centacare’s gambling helpline have spiked since Queensland TAB areas and pokies were switched off in March because of the coronavirus lockdown — but not because people were seeking help. Source: ABC News

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The theme for World Day of the Poor 2020 is ‘Stretch forth your hand to the poor’ (CNS/Vatican Media)

In his message for World Day of the Poor 2020, to be celebrated in November, Pope Francis said a person’s prayer is pleasing to God when it is accompanied by a life of service to the poor. Source: CNS.

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From July next year, aged care providers will have to report a broader range of abuse incidents (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government will set up a $23 million scheme to receive reports of neglect or abuse in aged care, after a study estimated more than 50,000 claims went unreported in the last year. Source: Canberra Times.

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The United States Government released its annual report on international religious freedom last week (USCIRF)

India has rejected an annual report by the US Government that highlighted attacks and discrimination against religious minorities in the country. Source: UCA News.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis leads Benediction at the conclusion of the Mass in St Peters Basilica yesterday (CNS/Tiziana Fabi, Reuters pool)

Christ’s presence in the Eucharist heals wounds and transforms bitter negativity into the joy of Lord, Pope Francis said in his homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge (ACBC)

The final version of a report into diocesan and parish governance will be published after a series of amendments and clarifications have been made, likely by mid-August. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Professor Greg Craven (ACU)

Australian Catholic University will use a combination of cost-saving measures and reinvestment of surpluses to address the financial impact of COVID-19 as part of its recovery management plan.

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 Catholic health providers have reported an increase in telehealth consultations since the pandemic began (Bigstock)

Telehealth has proved a lifeline through the COVID-19 crisis and could be here to stay, according to a number of Catholic hospital operators. Source: Catholic Health Australia.

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