The bill would plug what critics see as a loophole in Australia’s Customs Act (Bigstock)

The Senate is poised to pass a bill to ban anyone from importing products into Australia if they were made using forced labour. Source: The Guardian.

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Archbishop Dermot Farrell (CNS/courtesy John McElroy)

Catechists will be central to a renewal plan for the Dublin Archdiocese, which is facing the challenges of an ageing clergy, few vocations and a decline in the number of people who actively practice their faith. Source: The Tablet.

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Catholic and faith-based hospitals and aged care homes oppose euthanasia in its all its forms (Bigstock)

Catholic hospitals and aged care homes are calling on the Queensland Parliament to allow them to act according to their values and opt out of any euthanasia regime. Source: Catholic Health Australia.

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The fact that the Eucharist is Jesus’ Body and Blood can still cause scandal, Pope Francis said (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Pope Francis yesterday encouraged Catholics to not water down the reality of Jesus Christ’s humanity and his teaching that the Eucharist is his Body and Blood. Source: CNA.

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Artwork by Sascha Davies (NATSICC)

The core recommendations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart must be implemented if Closing the Gap targets are to be met, according to a key group representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Eileen O’Connor (Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor)

A special Mass was held on the Feast of the Assumption to honour Sydney saint-in-waiting Eileen O’Connor, who had a profound devotion to Our Lady. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Joshua Lourensz (CSSV)

Catholic Social Services Victoria has assured Afghani communities across Victoria that it “stands in solidarity” with them following the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

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Brad Gaynor (Facebook/Holy Spirit Primary School)

A Canberra Catholic school principal went viral on social media last week after trying to bring some joy to his school community in lockdown. Source: Canberra Times.

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Andrea Musulin (The eRecord)

A new book designed to teach children about protective behaviours will be launched at Perth Archdiocese’s annual safeguarding breakfast next month. Source: The eRecord.

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The controversial Centrelink debt recovery program was deemed illegal in 2019 (Bigstock)

A royal commission is needed to get to the bottom of the “horrific” robodebt scheme, the Australian Council of Social Service has told a parliamentary inquiry. Source: SBS News.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Scott Morrison (ACBC/ABC News)

The Australian Government should provide at least 20,000 humanitarian places for Afghans in the wake of the Taliban takeover, Australian Catholic Bishop Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis plays foosball after the papal audience on Wednesday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate but he got a new football-themed toy on Wednesday: his very own foosball table. Source: Crux.

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Housing providers say they cannot always find safe accommodation for their clients each time stay-at-home orders are lifted (Bigstock)

Homeless people provided with emergency hotel accommodation are being sent back onto the streets or are returning to unstable housing in between Victoria’s lockdowns. Source: The Age.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk (Facebook/Annastacia PalaszczukMP)

A battle over euthanasia comes to a head today when a Queensland parliamentary committee recommends whether church-run hospitals and aged care homes are given an absolute right to object to the practice on their premises. Source: The Australian.

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Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in Respect (Quantrell D. Colbert/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

Based on the life of music legend Aretha Franklin, Respect tracks the Queen of Soul’s history from a young child to international stardom. Source: Jesuit Media.

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People inspect a house destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti (Caritas Haiti)

A tropical storm that hit Haiti three days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake has complicated efforts to provide help to the Caribbean nation. Source: Caritas Australia.

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Donated hampers of nutritious food make all the difference to some families in CatholicCare’s programs (Parramatta Diocese)

For young families surviving on government assistance, the arrival of a large bill can mean a choice between buying the essentials like food or nappies, or not. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Fr Jorge Luis MartÌnez Chavez celebrates Mass in Coalcomán, Mexico (CNS/Fr Andres Larios)

A priest in western Mexico has warned of a dire situation in which warring drug cartels have caused hardship for the population, including widespread shortages of basics and blocked highways. Source: Crux.

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