Sr Patty Fawkner SGS and Ivy Dalgety (The Good Oil)

It’s been a long and prayerful journey for Ivy Dalgety, but after many years of association with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, she became a Good Samaritan Oblate in a “spirit-filled” ceremony in Western Australia. Source: The Good Oil.

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The city of Jerusalem (CNS/Debbie Hill)

The Patriarch of Jerusalem has urged peace, mutual understanding and cooperation among religious groups, underscoring the unique character of the city of Jerusalem and the importance of maintaining peace. Source: CNA.

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The rosary beads of Mary, Queen of Scots (ABC News/Arundel Castle)

The gold rosary beads carried by Mary, Queen of Scots to her execution in 1587 are among historic treasures worth $1.8 million stolen from a castle in the south of England. Source: ABC News.

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Sunrise at Sydney

Some of the country’s oldest cemeteries will be taken out of the hands of religious authorities under a sweeping overhaul approved by the New South Wales Government. Source: The Australian.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNS/Robert Duncan)

Cardinal George Pell is enjoying his first Roman spring since being exonerated of sexual abuse charges in Australia in April 2020. Source: Crux.

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Villagers who fled the violence in Myanmar at a school in a Thai border village (CNS/Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters)

Jesuit Refugee Service has expressed concern for the “dire humanitarian consequences of the crisis in Myanmar”, calling for peace and protection of Myanmar citizens as they seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge signs the decree of convocation (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has formally convoked the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, with its president, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, signing the required decree on Pentecost Sunday.

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Bishop Max Davis (ACBC)

Pope Francis last night accepted the resignation of Bishop Max Davis, the Military Ordinary for Australia, who turned 75 last year. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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The anniversary Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney yesterday (Sydney Catholic Schools/Giovanni Portelli)

Catholic school communities yesterday marked the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia with a national Mass celebrated simultaneously across the country. Source: NCEC.

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Fr Stan Swamy (CNS/YouTube)

Indian Jesuit Fr Stan Swamy will spend more time in prison despite his deteriorating health after Bombay High Court adjourned his bail plea hearing until June 7. Source: UCA News.

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The new reporting system can be accessed via a website (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

The Canadian bishops have rolled out a new online reporting system where complaints, either of sexual abuse or coverup, against the Church’s shepherds can be made. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis called for unity in the Church and rejection of the ideologies “that divide and separate us”, as he celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Pentecost yesterday. Source: America Magazine.

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell with laity at a pre-Synod of Bishops in Romein 2018 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has approved the revision of the entire process of the Synod of Bishops and asked that it begin with widespread consultations with the laity at the diocesan level. Source: CNS.

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Painting of Mary Help of Christians by Tommaso Andrea Lorenzone (1824-1902), Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, Turin, Italy (Wikipedia)

Today is the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. This is an important feast in Australia because Our Lady, under the title “Help of Christians”, is a spiritual patron of Australia, writes Tracey Rowland. Source: UNDA.

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The launch of the Schola agreement at ACU on May 20 (ACU)

Pope Francis was the key guest at the launch of an agreement between Australian Catholic University and Fundación Scholas Occurrentes (Scholas) that will enrich education programs and promote interdisciplinary research and practice.

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(Bigstock)

The churches operating Queensland’s biggest private hospitals and nursing homes have warned they will be forced to facilitate euthanasia for dying people under legislation to go before state Parliament this week. Source: The Australian.

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The laws are directed at people who have had visas cancelled but who cannot return to their home countries (SBS News)

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum has condemned the passage of the Morrison Government’s Migration Amendment Bill, which it says will expose people in need of protection to indefinite detention and cause significant harm.

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(ACBC)

A series of resources highlighting the Church’s ministries in Australia was inspired by Pope Francis’ World Communications Day message for 2021, which invites people to “Come and See”. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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