(Jesuit Refugee Service Australia)

Social justice groups in Sydney have welcomed the New South Wales Government’s commitment to support multicultural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Msgr Janusz Urbanczyk (CTBTO)

The Holy See’s permanent representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has called for the prevention of corruption during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Vatican News.

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The Houses of Parliament in London (CNS/Kieran Doherty, Reuters)

The United Kingdom’s House of Lords backed new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland by an overwhelming majority after the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected the “imposition” of abortion legislation by Westminster. Source: CNA.

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Notre Dame University

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Independent MP Mike Gaffney intends to table his bill in August (Bigstock)

A bill seeking to legalise euthanasia in Tasmania “promotes hopelessness and fear”, the Australian Christian Lobby says. Source: The Examiner.

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The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese petition to allow increased numbers to attend Mass attracted 1300 signatures in just over a week (Catholic Voice)

“Come back to Mass” is the message for Catholics in the ACT, with the ACT Government easing COVID-19 restrictions to allow up to 100 people to attend religious services from this weekend. Catholic Voice.

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Blakeney Lodge Tumut manager Kerry Kelly (Catholic Health Australia)

More than eight out of 10 people in the Eden-Monaro region want the Commonwealth Government to provide more funding to the aged care system, according to a new poll. Source: Catholic Health Australia.

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Kayleen Hunter (seated) and Helen-Mary Martin at the Broome Heritage Centre (The eRecord/Supplied)

Close to 1000 photographs taken in the Kimberley up to 70 years ago have emerged from deep in a Sisters of St John of God archive in Broome, with work well under way to identify them thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown. Source: The eRecord.

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The panel was set up to advise the Government on how to implement the new modern slavery laws (Pexels)

Australia’s efforts to tackle modern slavery are at risk of being thrown off course because an expert panel is dominated by business interests, according to campaigners. Source: The Guardian.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

The president of the United States bishops conference said he is “deeply concerned” that by ruling federal law protects LGBT workers from discrimination, the US Supreme Court has effectively redefined the legal meaning of "sex". Source: CNS.

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Refugee Week runs until Sunday, June 21 (Refugee Week Australia)

Refugee Week has this year been swallowed by the disruption caused by COVID-19, and by the fracturing of society in the United States, writes Fr Andy Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Ken Wyatt (Facebook/KenWyattMP)

Recommendations about what an Indigenous voice to Parliament should look like will be delayed until at least November, ending almost all hope of a referendum on constitutional recognition before the next election. Source: The Australian.

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Julie Edwards (Jesuit Social Services)

The Victorian Government’s $9.8 million funding to extend emergency accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and plan pathways into long-term housing is a positive step, says Jesuit Social Services.

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A scientist in St Petersburg, Russia, works on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Anton Vaganov, Reuters)

The Vatican and bishops around the world have been urging governments and scientists to support the development of vaccines that have no connection to abortion. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Gabrielle Fernandes (The Catholic Leader)

Australian Catholic University pastoral associate Gabrielle Fernandes spends her working days giving, and giving back – a gift she received when she was a schoolgirl. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Gary Christensen (MNNews.Today)

Australia has had great success in flattening the coronavirus curve but that victory has come with a devastating side effect – massive unemployment. Source: MNNews.Today.

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Pope Francis prays in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis expressed “great apprehension and sorrow” after eight mass graves were discovered in Libya. Source: CNA.

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Counselling for children traumatised by the bushfires is among the projects funded by Catholic Emergency Relief Australia (Bigstock)

Fifteen organisations have received funding from Catholic Emergency Relief Australia to support communities recovering from bushfires that devastated large parts of the country last summer. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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(Bigstock)

More than 100 Catholic schools in the United States are expected to close this year, largely due to financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession. Source: Crux.

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