NSW is the first state to make it mandatory for health workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Karen Pulfer Focht, Reuters)

Vaccinations would be mandatory for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and even hospital cooks and cleaners under a plan the nation’s peak medical body is putting to Australia’s leaders as they prepare to relax pandemic restrictions. Source: The Age.

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Despite community concerns, the Queensland parliamentary debate is due to proceed in September (CNS)

Pro-life supporters will hold one last public rally before Queensland politicians open parliamentary debate on whether to legalise euthanasia. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Members of Melbourne’s Frassati Fraternity competing in the Tough Mudder endurance event in 2018 (Supplied)

The life and example of a 20th-century Italian saint-in-waiting is fuelling a growing lay Catholic initiative helping young men to become active members of their faith communities. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Poles walk to Mass in the village of Kalinowka (CNS/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

In the past year, 10 bishops in Poland have been removed from their positions and sanctioned by the Vatican, in most cases for the cover-up of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Source: Crux.

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Lawmakers need to develop sound policies regarding digital technology, specifically targeting child pornography, personal data violations, cyber attacks and fake news, Pope Francis has told Catholic legislators. Source: The Tablet.

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People who have been evacuated from Afghanistan arrive at Tirana International Airport in Albania on August 27 (CNS/Florion Goga, Reuters)

Pope Francis has urged Christians to intensify their prayer, penance and fasting for the situation in Afghanistan, as he entrusted the souls of those who have died to God’s mercy. Source: CNA.

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St Kevin’s College Toorak (ABC News/Four Corners)

Edmund Rice Education has issued an apology to parents, students and staff of a Melbourne school over a confronting survey distributed to students last month. Source: Herald Sun.

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Anna Dimo, at the St Bakhita Centre in Homebush, prepares to distribute goods to COVID-affected people (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Archdiocese’s migrant outreach is stretched to its limits during the current COVID-19 outbreak, with dozens of stricken families in the city’s western suburbs in need of urgent support. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Members of the Immaculata community with participants at a mission school event in Tasmania (Hobart Archdiocese)

After several faith-filled years in Tasmania, the Sisters of the Immaculata are returning to the mainland to continue their ministry to young people. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Dallas McInerney (Catholic Schools NSW)

Year 12 students in New South Wales have been told three different dates for the commencement of their 2021 written examinations. No one should tolerate a fourth, writes Dallas McInerney. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pope John Paul I (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

The beatification of Albino Luciani, better known as Pope John Paul I, could soon be green-lighted with the approval of a miracle that has been presented of a scientifically inexplicable healing of an Argentine girl. Source: Crux.

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Katherine Webb first met the Verbum Dei missionaries at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland (Supplied)

Sydney Catholic Katherine Webb has used the lockdown to share her love of Jesus and her passion for poetry. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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The online talks aimed to give participants the skills  to speak about euthanasia in a respectful and informative manner (Shutterstock/Mr.songkod Sataratpayoon)

The challenging topic of euthanasia was discussed from theological, medical and global perspectives during a series of online talks this month. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Australian Defence Force evacuating 1200 people from Kabul on August 25 (Defence Australia via Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Australia’s major Christian denominations are using their collective muscle to lobby the Government to lift the nation’s Afghan refugee intake to 20,000. Source: The Australian.

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Professor Sandra Jones (ACU)

Seven community-initiated research projects to improve safety, education and employment will receive funding from Australian Catholic University’s Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit.

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Bishop Christopher Saunders (left) and Bishop Michael Morrissey (ACBC)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Christopher Saunders as the Bishop of Broome and has appointed Geraldton Bishop Michael Morrissey apostolic administrator of the diocese.

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Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (YouTube/Vatican News)

Complaining and blaming others is a waste of time; the way to defeat evil is to conquer it first within our own hearts, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Crowd outside the airport in Kabul on Wednesday (CNS/Twitter/David Martinon via Reuters)

Australia’s civilian evacuation operation from Afghanistan has been suspended after terrorist attacks at Kabul’s airport overnight. Source: The Australian.

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