Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the panel discussion at the UN General Assembly on Friday (CNA/Holy See Mission to the United Nations)

As displaced Christians return to their homes in the Middle East, the Vatican Secretary of State encouraged UN representatives to help rebuild a culture ravaged by the Islamic State. Source: CNA.

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Sr Myree Harris RSJ with the new “Do Not Be Afraid” document (ACBC)

Catholic communities are being urged to help shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness by supporting and welcoming those who suffer and their families. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Kevin Hardy (Calvary Palliative Home Care)

As one of only a handful of palliative care nurse practitioners in South Australia, Kevin Hardy is well qualified to talk about dying. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis unveils the sculpture dedicated to migrants and refugees in St, Peter’s Square yesterday (Vatican Media)

Christians have a moral obligation to show God’s care for all those who are marginalised, especially migrants and refugees, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Br Peter Carroll FMS (CRA)

Catholic Religious Australia has urged the Morrison Government to heed the research findings from social service specialists, peak bodies and industry associations, in relation to the shortcomings of Newstart and the Payment Integrity Bill.

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Scott Morrison announces the drought assistance package in Queensland on Friday (ABC News)

The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Friday of further assistance to rural communities devastated by drought.

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Christian Porter (ABC News)

Attorney-General Christian Porter says incoming laws on religious discrimination are not designed to protect religious people from blasphemy. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Judy Courtin (left) and Jill Hennessy (ABC News and Facebook/Jill Hennessy)

An unprecedented spike in legal action against the Church in Victoria has prompted calls for the Andrews Government to help ease growing court delays faced by abuse survivors. Source: The Age.

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The deluge of legal action will have financial implications for the Church (Bigstock)

The Church in Victoria is facing at least 800 new legal actions for child sexual abuse in the wake of legislation allowing survivors to sue the Church and revisit previous settlements. Source: The Age.

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The bill will remove abortion from the Crimes Act and make terminations available up to 22 weeks, after which point the approval of two doctors will be required (Bigstock)

The controversial debate over legislation to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales is closer to a conclusion after the state’s upper house passed the bill late last night: ABC News.

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Pope Francis gives a blessing during his general audience in St Peter’s Square yesterday (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

The act of bearing false witness to destroy someone is an attack against the body of the Church, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Bishop Don Sproxton (Perth Archdiocese)

Perth Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton has issued an invitation for people to participate in an interfaith prayer service in response to the euthanasia legislation being debated by the West Australian Parliament. Source: Perth Archdiocese.

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The six National Themes for Discernment (Plenary Council 2020)

Seventy people from across the country – including a dozen bishops – will serve on the six Discernment and Writing Groups that will help the Plenary Council build towards its first session in October 2020.

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Social Justice Statement (ACBC)

Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated throughout the Church in Australia this Sunday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Brad Pitt in Ad Astra  (IMDB/Twentieth Century Fox)

Ad Astra, Latin for “to the stars”, is a futuristic drama about an astronaut who ventures into space in search of his long-lost father. Source: ACOFB.

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is available from most podcast services and on Spotify (Majellan Media)

Majellan Media has launched its new Figuring Out Families podcast series, which examines family life and the contemporary issues families face.

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The national trial of the cashless welfare cards is in its fourth year (ABC Wide Bay/Nicole Hegarty)

Indigenous groups have accused the imposing of cashless welfare cards as placing unwarranted “stress and trauma” on families. Source: SBS News.

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The euthanasia bill was debated for almost 70 hours in the lower house (ABC News/Manny Tesconi)

Western Australia is a significant step closer to legalising euthanasia, with voluntary assisted dying laws easily passing the lower house of Parliament. Source: ABC News.

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