The JobMaker scheme has raised concerns that it would discriminate against older people in the jobs market (Bigstock)

Employers could sack experienced employees, replace them with workers earning just a third of the salary and get a taxpayer-funded grant to do it, previously secret Treasury documents have revealed. Source: ABC News.

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Fr Ignatius of St Paul (Wikimedia, Philippe Plet/Passionist Archives of Dublin)

Pope Francis has put a 19th-century English Catholic priest who was a distant relative of Britain’s Prince William on the path to sainthood. Source: The Age.

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The rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover vehicle takes off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in July 2020 (CNS/Reuters/Joe Skipper) (CNS/Reuters, JoeSkipper)

As Perseverance, the latest probe on Mars, sends to Earth high-definition images, video and audio of its surroundings, one papal astronomer said he hoped the new discoveries will inspire future explorers. Source: NCR Online.

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Dr Debra Sayce (The eRecord/Ron Tan)

Catholic Education Western Australia and Catholic School Parents WA have launched a joint election campaign for a fairer funding deal from the incoming state Government. Source: The eRecord.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Source: CNA.

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The legislation would allow abortions after 22 weeks and six days’ gestation, if two medical practitioners both agree it is “medically appropriate” (Bigstock)

South Australia’s lower house has passed controversial laws that would decriminalise abortion in the state and allow late-term abortion in certain circumstances. Source: The Advertiser.

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a member of the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation speaks at the National Apology to the Stolen Generations event at Emerton parish in western Sydney (Parramatta Diocese)

The 13th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations reminds us that we have much work to do to heal intergenerational trauma inflicted on families, writes Patrice Moriarty. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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An 11th-hour push will seek major amendments to Tasmania’s euthanasia legislation, with Catholic Health Australia warning it will otherwise set a “perilously flawed” precedent for other states. Source: The Australian.

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Bishop Michael Odiwa waves during his episcopal ordination ceremony in Kenya last month (The Southern Cross)

Adelaide Archdiocese and Homa Bay Diocese in Kenya were united by the episcopal ordination of former Adelaide priest Bishop Michael Odiwa at a colourful ceremony in the African diocese last month. Source: The Southern Cross.

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VMCH case worker Caitlin with  Antoinetta Tenace and her her iPad (VMCH)

A Melbourne Catholic agency has taken the theme for tomorrow’s United Nations World Day of Social Justice seriously, working hard to ensure “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy” is being heard. Source: VMCH.

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A man in Pflugerville, Texas, in a neighbourhood where the electricity was cut (CNS/Bronte Wittpenn, Austin American-Statesman, USA Today Network via Reuters)

Below-zero temperatures, teeth-chattering wind chills and deep snow turned the United States southern plains into an Arctic landscape, forcing Catholic agencies to adopt emergency measures to get people to safety. Source: NCR Online.

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 Catholic agencies and organisation are among those who have called for a permanent increase to JobSeeker (ABC News)

The Morrison Government could legislate a permanent increase to fortnightly JobSeeker payments as early as next week, as Cabinet’s Budget committee is today expected to sign off on a potential new welfare payment. Source: The Australian.

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The pastoral letter discusses the distinctive role Catholic schools play in educating and forming young people of faith and service (ACBC)

Australia’s bishops have written a pastoral letter to school leaders, staff, students and families to mark the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in Australia. Source: ACBC and NCEC.

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Toby oConnor, Michele O’Neil, Ursula Stephens and Kasy Chambers at Parliament House (Supplied)

Catholic Social Services Australia has joined its voice with the St Vincent de Paul Society, Anglicare and the Australian Council of Trade Unions in opposing proposed changes to the Fair Work Act.

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UNICEF-World Health Organisation said more than three quarters of the 128 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far have occurred in only 10 countries (CNS)

Catholic Religious Australia is opposed to the stockpiling of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy nations and is calling for an equitable distribution of vaccines around the globe, particularly to developing nations.

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Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in News of the World (Universal Studios/Bruce Talamon)

The ethnic, sectional and economic tensions of the Reconstruction era are explored in the epic adventure News of the World. So, too, is the redemptive bond uniting its two main characters, both victims of personal tragedy. Source: CNS.

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Fr Mario Debattista OFM (The Catholic Leader)

The Holy Land Commissary for Australia, Franciscan Father Mario Debattista, says the caretakers are in urgent need of donations. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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During the pandemic’s second wave people with learning disabilities were told they would not be resuscitated if they fell seriously ill with COVID-19 (Bigstock)

Bishops of England and Wales have reacted with dismay at the issuing of blanket 'Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation' (DNACPR) orders to people with learning disabilities. Source: Vatican News.

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