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Despite the pandemic limiting access to the sacraments, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said confession by phone is still most likely invalid. Source: Crux.

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When the coronavirus supplement is cut in January, the total amount a single person can receive on JobSeeker will be $51 a day (Bigstock)

The old rate of JobSeeker was leaving some people with as little as $7 per day after paying rent, a new Anglicare Australia survey has found. Source: SBS News.

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The US bishops say they have asked many times for federal executions to be stopped (CNS/Mark R. Cristino, EPA)

Leading United States bishops are imploring the Trump administration to stop scheduled federal executions during the season of Advent. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis greets Iraqi President Barham Salih at the Vatican in January (CNS/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Pope Francis is set to break a 15-month hiatus from international travel with a historic visit to Iraq next year. Source: Vatican News.

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Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet (Sale Diocese)

Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet will this morning be ordained the 10th bishop of Sale Diocese, in a Mass livestreamed from St Mary’s Cathedral in Sale. Source: Sale Diocese.

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The survey revealed 50 per cent of participants who are unemployed or over 65 did not have plans for Christmas Day (Bigstock)

Almost one in four Australians are experiencing feelings of loneliness in the lead-up to Christmas following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/ScottMorrisonMP)

Australia’s faith leaders are urging Scott Morrison to put the implementation of a religious discrimination act at the top of his political agenda next year. Source: The Australian.

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Pope Francis plants a tree in Frosinone, Italy, in 2019 (CNS/Vatican Media via Reuters)

Pope Francis has set out a fresh and inspiring path for the Church that should prompt Australia’s Catholics to support environmental action as a central part of their faith, a national online forum has been told. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Playing sport helps personal development.(Bigstock)

Australians are passionate about sport. But how are the Church, faith and sport connected and why should they be, asks Malcom Hart. Source: The Bridge.

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The blessing service at the Rock of Remembrance at New Norcia monastery and parish (The eRecord)

The Benedictine community at New Norcia in Western Australia has installed an interactive memorial in honour of people who have experienced neglect or abuse. Source: The eRecord.

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Woolworths’ review of its supply chains uncovered 332 Australian fruit and vegetable suppliers where workers were at risk of slave-like conditions (Bigstock)

A Catholic organisation fighting modern slavery has welcomed ground-breaking statements by major supermarkets shining a light on a dark side of fruit and vegetable production. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Pope Francis is seen through branches of the decorated Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square yesterday (Vatican Media)

There is no pandemic or crisis that can turn off the light of Christmas, Pope Francis told the faithful present in St Peter’s Square and following through the media during yesterday's Angelus address. Source: Vatican News.

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The report reveals some families are opting for a Catholic education for reasons other than religious values (Facebook/CSNSW)

Catholic schools in New South Wales have increased their enrolments for the second year running, driven by an influx of students from outside the religion. Source: The Australian.

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The Global Gifts cards come in printed and electronic formats (Caritas Australia)

Caritas Australia is encouraging Australians to buy a Christmas gift with meaning and help create life-long change for some of the world’s poorest communities through its Global Gifts campaign.

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CHA believes that with a well-resourced palliative care sector, there is no need for euthanasia in Australia (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia has lodged its submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s consultation into voluntary euthanasia legislation.

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Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (ACBC and Facebook/Daniel Andrews MP)

Days after introducing a bill to criminalise gay conversion practices, the Victorian Government has been accused of over-reach as a contentious debate regarding human rights and religion looms in Parliament. Source: The Sunday Age.

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St Paul VI arrives at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney during his 1970 visit to Australia (The Catholic Weekly)

Sydney Archdiocese has marked the 50th anniversary of the visit of St Paul VI to Australia in 1970 – the first papal visit to Oceania. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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The guidebook offers practical recommendations for bishops to promote Christian unity (Vatican Media)

Working for Christian unity can no longer be seen as “optional” by bishops and Catholics should avoid polemics when it comes to ecumenical dialogue, according to a new document released by the Vatican. Source: The Tablet.

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