Axel Dushime (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

The discovery that his two sisters are alive in Africa means the world to young Brisbane-based refugee Axel Dushime. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Calls to Centacare’s gambling helpline have spiked since Queensland TAB areas and pokies were switched off in March because of the coronavirus lockdown — but not because people were seeking help. Source: ABC News

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The theme for World Day of the Poor 2020 is ‘Stretch forth your hand to the poor’ (CNS/Vatican Media)

In his message for World Day of the Poor 2020, to be celebrated in November, Pope Francis said a person’s prayer is pleasing to God when it is accompanied by a life of service to the poor. Source: CNS.

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From July next year, aged care providers will have to report a broader range of abuse incidents (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government will set up a $23 million scheme to receive reports of neglect or abuse in aged care, after a study estimated more than 50,000 claims went unreported in the last year. Source: Canberra Times.

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The United States Government released its annual report on international religious freedom last week (USCIRF)

India has rejected an annual report by the US Government that highlighted attacks and discrimination against religious minorities in the country. Source: UCA News.

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Notre Dame University

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Pope Francis leads Benediction at the conclusion of the Mass in St Peters Basilica yesterday (CNS/Tiziana Fabi, Reuters pool)

Christ’s presence in the Eucharist heals wounds and transforms bitter negativity into the joy of Lord, Pope Francis said in his homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge (ACBC)

The final version of a report into diocesan and parish governance will be published after a series of amendments and clarifications have been made, likely by mid-August. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Professor Greg Craven (ACU)

Australian Catholic University will use a combination of cost-saving measures and reinvestment of surpluses to address the financial impact of COVID-19 as part of its recovery management plan.

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 Catholic health providers have reported an increase in telehealth consultations since the pandemic began (Bigstock)

Telehealth has proved a lifeline through the COVID-19 crisis and could be here to stay, according to a number of Catholic hospital operators. Source: Catholic Health Australia.

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Members of Rotary and Knights of the Southern Cross collected 3200kg of food (Supplied)

A Perth branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross led the charge to restock the St Vincent De Paul Society’s food hamper supply, depleted after responding to people affected by bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic. Source: The eRecord.

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Dr Lee-Anne Perry (The Catholic Leader)

More than 1000 Queensland Catholic boarding school students remain stuck at home, unable to return to classrooms due to lingering coronavirus restrictions. Source: ABC News.

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An activist digs graves on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, to symbolise Brazilians who have died from COVID-19 (CNS/Pilar Olivares Reuters)

As the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil grows, Pope Francis telephoned Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Aparecida, asking him to assure Brazilians of his prayers. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for his Government’s unlawful robodebt scheme, saying he ‘deeply regrets’ any hardship caused by the program. Source: SBS News.

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Swiss Guards at the Vatican lastr month (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Tasked with protecting the Pope even at the cost of their own lives, members of the Swiss Guard are highly trained in security and ceremonial detail and receive extensive spiritual formation, the guard’s chaplain said this week. Source: Crux.

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Jesse Eisenberg in Resistance (IMDB/Pantaleon Films)

Resistance is a biographical drama inspired by the life of famed mime artist Marcel Marceau, who joined French Jewish Resistance as a young man to save the lives of children in World War II. Source: ACOFB.

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New students enrolling early at the Sydney-based college for 2021 will receive $5000 (Campion College)

Campion College, Australia’s first tertiary liberal arts college, has more than tripled the scholarship money awarded to all new students who enrol early to study in 2021.

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Fr Noel Connolly SSC (Supplied)

Columban priest Fr Noel Connolly, a member of the Plenary Council 2020 facilitation team, has died in Sydney aged 75. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR at his episcopal ordination on Sunday (Supplied)

Australia has a new bishop, following the ordination of Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR as the third Eparch of Sts Peter and Paul in Melbourne for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia and New Zealand. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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