The Jesuit-run Georgetown University in Washington (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

The Jesuit order in the United States has created a foundation to raise a reported $US100 million ($129 million) for the descendants of the slaves it once owned and sold and to promote racial reconciliation across the country. Source: The Age.

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The Australian Aged Care Coalition said operators had cut costs by restricting activities, off-site trips and meal options (Bigstock)

Aged care homes will lose up to $12 per bed per day by the end of the year, causing a catastrophe in the already failing system, if the Morrison Government does not make immediate funding changes, providers say. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Thomas Sternberg (CNADeutsch/Rudolf Gehrig)

Catholics and Protestants in Germany announced yesterday they would press ahead with intercommunion at an event in May despite Vatican objections. Source: CNA.

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Notre Dame University

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Flowers and signs placed at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch after the massacre (CNS/Edgar Su, Reuters)

The Interfaith Committee of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference expressed support for the country’s Muslims and prayed for an end to violence as the nation marked the second anniversary of the Christchurch massacre. Source: Vatican News.

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The Sisters of Mercy join a community protest to stop the go-kart track being built (CRA/Sisters of Mercy)

The Sisters of Mercy in Bathurst have joined the campaign to protect a sacred Indigenous women’s site from being turned into a go-kart track at Mt Panorama. Source: Pathways.

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Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana and Bishop Anthony Randazzo

Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo and Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana last night led a celebration of thanksgiving to mark the milestone of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. Source: Broken Bay News.

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An artist’s impression of Macarthur Memorial Park in Sydney (CMCT)

The New South Wales Government’s order to stop construction of Sydney’s newest cemetery is “inexplicable” and will affect many, including people of faith, say its Catholic operators. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay (YouTube)

Maronite Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay has given his blessing to faithful to receive the COVID-19 vaccine despite ethical concerns over the use of aborted foetal cells in the vaccine’s development. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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COVID-19 safety sign in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (ABC News/Natalie Whiting)

Caritas Australia is calling on the Morrison Government to support Papua New Guinea as it faces a potential catastrophe with an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the pandemic, saying that women are needed in the renewal of society and the economy. Source: CNA.

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People hold candles as they take part in an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar on Saturday (CNS/Reuters)

As Myanmar saw its worst bloodbath on Sunday, with more than 30 protesters shot dead by security forces, the Church in the troubled nation once more raised its voice calling for peace. Source: Vatican News.

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An LGBT choir sings outside a World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018 (CNA/Clodagh Kilcoyne Reuters)

While gay men and women must be respected, any form of blessing a same-sex union is “illicit”, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has affirmed. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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The new campus has been named after St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint for slavery and human trafficking (ACU)

The Australian Catholic University has formally opened its newest addition: the St Josephine Bakhita Campus in Blacktown, western Sydney.

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The aged care royal commission report says “substandard care and abuse pervades the Australian aged care system” (Bigstock)

The recently released report of the aged care royal commission does not hold back in describing a situation that should be abhorrent to us all, write Jenneke Foottit and Sue Gledhill. Source: Eureka Street.

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Sr Gabrielle Morgan at the Maryknoll site in Blackmans Bay that will be developed into social and affordable housing (Hobart Archdiocese)

The legacy of the Presentation Sisters in Tasmania over the past 155 years was recognised in Launceston last week when they were inducted onto the 2021 Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Dr Lee-Anne Perry (The Catholic Leader)

Queensland’s Catholic education sector has welcomed the decision to review sexual education in the state’s schools, particularly teaching consent. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Members of the Hunter’s Hill ukelele group (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The humble ukulele is bringing people together in a Sydney parish outreach that is as good as it sounds. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Arsad helps a neighbour build a toilet at his home in Pandeglang District, about 150km west of Jakarta (Caritas Australia)

Can you imagine not having a toilet of any kind? For Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, the idea of having a flushing toilet and running water at home was a distant dream. Source: Caritas Australia.

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