Bronwyn Morrison (left) and Phil and Pam Syke with goods to distribute to people in COVID-19 isolation in Wilcannia (Facebook/Bishop Columba MacBethGreen)

Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese and local Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE are responding to the spiritual and practical needs of people as COVID-19 spreads rapidly within the Wilcannia community.

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Fr Ben Johnson OFM Cap blessed the 71,000 Benedictine crucifixes and medals, bound for Sydney Catholic school students (The Catholic Weekly/ Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Catholic school students will receive a special memento to mark the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in Australia – a Benedictine crucifix and medal. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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An artist’s impression of the eight-storey tower that will sit beside St Patrick’s Church in Fortitude Valley (ABC News/URBIS)

Brisbane Archdiocese will build an eight-storey commercial tower beside a heritage-listed church in Fortitude Valley after Brisbane City Council approved a development application. Source: ABC News.

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The CatholicCare Springwood Community Garden (Parramatta Diocese)

Social justice supporters are enthusiastic about ensuring people in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains continue to care for “our common home”. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Black flags fly outside Archbishop’s House in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Facebook/Colombo Archdiocese)

Catholics in Sri Lanka wore black and hoisted black flags on Saturday to show their indignation over what they see as the Government’s failure to respond adequately the 2019 Easter Sunday attack on churches. Source: CNA.

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Toppled pews in the St Famille du Toirac church in Toirac, Haiti, after the August 14 earthquake (CNS/Laura Gottesdiener, Reuters)

Pope Francis will send $324,000 to help people in Haiti, who are struggling in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake during a global pandemic. Source: CNS.

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Ann Rennie with her new book (Supplied)

Ann Rennie is a passionate English and religious education teacher and writer whose new book is about her life in the Catholic education system and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Source: Impact – ACU.

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Volunteers distribute aid in Beirut (Caritas Lebanon)

Lebanon is facing a dire humanitarian crisis with power, water, fuel, medicine and food running out. The country needs support from Australians, says Caritas Australia.

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Gladys Berejiklian (The Catholic Weekly)

New South Wales students in kindergarten to year 2, as well as in year 11, will be the first to return to school in term four as part of a staged reopening once the state’s vaccination rates hit 70 per cent. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Residents of Sumner House learn the art of making gnocchi (The Catholic Weekly/Bernard Caballero)

Fr Daniele Russo is a Godsend for those “kneading” spiritual direction. The chaplain of Sydney’s Sumner House is teaching young men discerning God’s path in life how to make the perfect gnocchi. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass (CNS)

Pope Francis has encouraged new courses of action for parishes to help people understand the importance of Sunday Mass and parish ministries, according to a top Vatican official. Source: Crux.

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Sr Louise Cleary CSB (left) and Dr Lisa McDonald (Supplied)

Two leaders in the fight against human trafficking will examine the state of modern slavery in Australia during an online discussion tomorrow. Source: ACRATH.

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The Opening the Doors Foundation logo (Supplied)

A charity that aims to change the lives of Indigenous children across Victoria has celebrated its 20th anniversary and a record number of students being supported in Catholic schools. Source: Catholic Education Diocese of Sale.

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Religious belief and practice must be conceptualised as a fundamental human right, says Denis Dragovic (Bigstock)

The debate around the third draft of a religious discrimination bill should take a broader view and consider the benefits to society of religion, writes Denis Dragovic. Source: ABC Religion and Ethics.

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Catholic Health Australia says it is doing everything it can to vaccinate staff, while redeploying unvaccinated workers to areas with low risk of COVID contact (CNS/Cindy Liu, Reuters)

Catholic Health Australia is calling on Victoria, Queensland and the ACT to make vaccinations compulsory for all hospital staff as a matter of urgency.

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Shane Kelly and Shirley Bowen with plans for new St John of God Subiaco Hospital (Supplied)

St John of God Health Care has announced approval for the major redevelopment of St John of God Subiaco Hospital, the largest in the organisation’s history.

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Phoebe is mentioned as a deacon in Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 16:1–2, but the nature of her role is unclear (Wikimedia/Larry Kamphaus)

Almost two years since Pope Francis announced he would be re-forming a commission on the female diaconate, it is due to hold its first meeting in Rome next month. Source: The Tablet.

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A new report has found there’s a simple way to give ex-prisoners a better chance to stay out of jail: public housing. Source: ABC News.

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