Death penalty opponents pray for the end of capital punishment in the state in 2017 (CNS/Zoey Maraist, Catholic Herald)

Bishops in the United States have welcomed news that the state of Virginia is likely to the first Southern state to outlaw capital punishment. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, November 2017 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis prayed yesterday for justice and national stability in Myanmar as tens of thousands protested against the February 1 military coup. Source: CNA.

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Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS/Paul Haring)

French missionary Sr Nathalie Becquart will be the first woman with a right to vote at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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The Walk for Life in Adelaide on Saturday (Facebook/Love Adelaide)

Thousands of protesters have rallied in Adelaide demanding a halt to the Marshall Government’s abortion law reforms. Source: The Advertiser.

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The bronze statue of Catherine McAuley at the new Catherine McAuley Catholic College in Medowie (Facebook/Catherine McAuley Catholic College)

Maitland-Newcastle Diocese has welcomed its newest school, with the opening of Catherine McAuley Catholic College in Medowie. Source: Newcastle Herald.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk (ABC News/Christopher Gillette)

A majority of Queensland MPs remain guarded about where they stand on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s election promise to legalise euthanasia in the state. Source: The Courier-Mail.

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Bernard Toutounji, Bishop Robert Rabbat, Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay and Charbel Azzi (ACN Australia)

Australians have donated $250,000 to help Christians in Lebanon through an Aid to the Church in Need Australia emergency appeal.

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Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann and Fr Frank Brennan SJ (Australian Jesuits)

Senior Australian of the Year Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann calls people to a deep, attentive listening to the other and to creation, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: Australian Jesuits.

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The Society’s pre-Budget submission calls on the Government to implement measures that would support households that are most in need (St Vincent de Paul Society website)

The St Vincent de Paul Society has called on the Morrison Government to address several key social policy issues in the 2021-22 Budget, including Jobseeker.

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Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the Government would conduct a feasibility study of a serious incident response scheme in home and community care settings (Bigstock)

A plan to force aged care providers to report a broader range of alleged abuse or neglect incidents to the sector’s watchdog has been criticised by Labor for excluding vulnerable Australians receiving home care services. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis listens to US violinist Midori Goto perform at the Vatican in 2019 (Vatican Media)

While the pandemic silenced many concert halls and restricted the use of congregational singing in many churches, Pope Francis prayed that musicians were using this time to listen. Source: Crux.

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The law could mean up to a decade in jail or fines of almost $10,000 for anyone found trying to suppress or change another person’s sexuality or gender identity (Bigstock)

Gay conversion therapy has been banned in Victoria after a late-night parliamentary debate and despite concerns about the legislation from psychiatrists, religious organisations and lawyers. Source: The Australian.

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Perth has this week faced fires in the hills region and a COVID 19 lockdown (DFES/Evan Collins and Perth Archdiocese/Matthew Lau)

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB this week issued a pastoral letter encouraging the Perth Catholic community in light of the COVID-19 lockdown and bushfires. Source: The Record.

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Pope Francis instituted the Word of God Sunday to celebrate, study and disseminate the word of God (Bigstock)

In instituting the Word of God Sunday, Pope Francis has offered a wonderful invitation for people to set their hearts on the Word, writes Rosemary Canavan. Source: The Bridge.

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A Vatican stamp commemorates Pope Francis’ meeting with Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome, at the main synagogue in Rome in 2016 (CNS/Vatican stamp and coin office)

Pope Francis’ ongoing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue will be highlighted in a new series of Vatican stamps. Source: Crux.

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The bill would stop schools from providing instruction on ideologically based material that is inconsistent with the wishes and values of parents (Bigstock)

Backers of a proposed New South Wales law to affirm parents as the primary educators of their children say it will increase transparency in teaching and resist the undermining of families wishing to pass on values. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Jacob Junior Nayinggul and Simon Baker in High Ground (IMDB)

High Ground is an ambitious film that takes up the challenge of honestly examining the life of Australia’s First Nations peoples after 1788 – acknowledging the oppression, massacres and exploitation. Source: Jesuit Media.

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PIME has chosen Papua New Guinea as the recipient of its 2021 Country Fund (Vatican Media)

Missionaries in Papua New Guinea are promoting eco-sustainable development projects and activities in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. Source: Vatican News.

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