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Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation CEO Professor Simon Haines and ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven (ACU).

Thirty scholarship students will be the first to undertake the new Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) at Australian Catholic University next year under a funding partnership with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. 

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Associate Professor Fr Ormond Rush hopes the Plenary Council will carry forward some of the themes of Vatican II (ACU)

Townsville priest and theologian, Fr Ormond Rush, has won a North American Catholic media award for his book on the Second Vatican Council.

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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi presents Ennio Morricone with the Pope Francis Medal in 2019 (Vatican Media)

The Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, whose music defined hundreds of films, has died in Rome, but lesser known are his production of Sacred Music and his admiration for Pope Francis. Source: Vatican News.

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Former priest David Joseph Perrett has died awaiting trial over charges of historical child sexual abuse (Bigstock)

A former Catholic priest, accused of 139 child sexual abuse offences, has died awaiting trial, with the local bishop acknowledging this would bring "significant disappointment" for alleged victims. Source: ABC News.

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The new Rosebery Catholic Primary School façade (Sydney Catholic Schools).

Sydney Catholic Schools has submitted an application to build a new primary school to help meet the needs of young, working families in southern Sydney.

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James Carter and Heidi Crowter were married on the first weekend that COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in Britain (Heidi Crowter/Facebook)

More than 1000 people watched online as British Down syndrome campaigner Heidi Crowter tied the knot in a socially distanced wedding ceremony. Source: BBC.

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Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli in an empty St Patrick

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has written a letter to the faithful outlining the “sobering” news that the city-wide lockdown will once again mean the closure of churches and a return to online Masses. Source: Melbourne Archdiocese

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Catholic Health Australia chief executive Pat Garcia says Australia must do better at tackling the challenges of aged care (Pat Garcia/Twitter)

Ageing and death are difficult issues. Most of us prefer to distract ourselves from these realities. As a result, we've failed to grapple with a concrete political problem, writes Catholic Health Australia CEO Pat Garcia. Source: The Australian.

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Parents living with children saw the biggest improvement in relationships during the lockdown period (Pixabay)

More Australians say their relationships have improved during COVID-19 than worsened, in a heartening sign that lockdown has brought many families closer. Source: SMH.

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The Pope says families face many pressures in our fast-paced world (The Pope Video/Facebook)

In his prayer intention for the month of July, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance. Source: Vatican News.

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Birthline director Sally Alford with donated handmade blankets. (Nat Rogers/The Southern Cross)

A significant increase in telephone calls and a dramatic decrease in donations have added to the challenges faced by Adelaide’s Birthline Pregnancy Support service in recent months. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Assisi in Italy will be the model for a new Brisbane school (By Roberto Ferrari/Wikipedia)

A new Catholic school in Brisbane, which will be modelled on the town of Assisi in Italy, began taking enrolments this week. Source: Quest Newspapers.

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The NSW ageing and disability commission has had 10,000 calls to its hotline in 12 months (Bigstock)

New South Wales’ first ageing and disability commission has been inundated with more than 2200 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability or older Australians in just 12 months. Source: SMH.

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A new coalition has been formed to oppose the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand (Erin Stone/Pixabay)

A prominent Catholic secondary school principal has joined a group of community leaders opposed to the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand. Source: NZ Catholic.

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Bishop Georg Batzing, president of the German bishops

A record 272,771 people left Germany’s Catholic Church in 2019, the nation’s bishops’ conference has reported. Source: The Tablet.

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Medical students Kirsty Fuller and Conor Honeywill at St Vincent

In a New South Wales first, a group of 12 final-year medical students from The University of Notre Dame Australia has joined the team at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney as Assistants in Medicine.

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The Government says it is seeking to boost transparency in school funding (Bigstock)

School systems will be forced to disclose more information about how they allocate government funding to their students amid ongoing sensitivity over the way Catholic authorities distribute their resources. Source: The Age.

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Victorian Council of Social Service chief Emma King said about 100,000 Victorians were on a social housing waitlist (ABC News/Simon Winter)

The COVID-19 lockdown of nine Melbourne public housing towers has exposed the severe shortage of social housing in Victoria, welfare groups say. Source: Herald-Sun.

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