Priya (left) and Nades with their children Kopika and Tharnicaa face a third Christmas in detention (The Catholic Leader)

The asylum-seeking Tamil family who settled in Biloela in outback Queensland has now spent more than 1000 days in immigration detention. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Barney Zwartz says many Christians fear the legislation may hide an agenda to silence people of faith (Flickr/Des D Mona)

The Andrews Government’s broad-brush approach to ban gay conversion therapy in Victoria might unintentionally intrude on rights and freedoms that are precious to everyone, writes Barney Zwartz. Source: The Age.

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A University of Louisville Hospital nurse inoculates a patient with the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Monday (CNS/Bryan Woolston, Reuters)

The United States episcopal conference is encouraging Catholics to get a coronavirus vaccination because it is a “moral responsibility for the common good”, even if some vaccines are connected to abortion-derived cell lines. Source: Crux.

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The Christmas Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney on Sunday (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

People grieving the loss of loved ones have gathered at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney for Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria’s annual ecumenical and interfaith Christmas Remembrance Service. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Sharan Burrow (Wikimedia/World Economic Forum)

Former Australian trade union leader Sharan Burrow, who is now the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, has been appointed to a new Vatican body aimed at reforming capitalism. Source: The Australian.

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Jesus is Christmas will screen on Melbourne community television and Melbourne Archdiocese’s YouTube channel (Melbourne Catholic)

To celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Melbourne Archdiocese is hosting a televised Jesus is Christmas carols special this Sunday, which can also be viewed online. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Parramatta’s Plenary Council delegates (Catholic Outlook)

Parramatta Diocese's nine Plenary Council delegates have met face-to-face for the first time and were encouraged to be open to “what the Spirit is saying” to the Church in Australia. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Scott Morrison says the at-home support will offer greater choice to older Australians and their families (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government will commit to $1 billion in aged care funding as part of the mid-year Budget update, in a bid to create another 10,000 home care packages. Source: Canberra Times.

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Saturn is seen shining above a lighthouse in Syracuse, Sicily, and Jupiter is seen shining to the right, in this photo taken in November (CNS/Kevin Saragozza, courtesy NASA)

It is impossible to know if the “Great Conjunction” of planets Jupiter and Saturn taking place next week has any connection to the Star of Bethlehem, a Vatican astronomer said. Source: CNA.

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Catholic priests and religious join a candlelight protest in India’s Assam state on December 10 calling for the release of Fr Stan Swamy SJ (UCA News)

Protests against the imprisonment of an 83-year-old Jesuit priest in India have taken place in London and across India. Source: The Tablet.

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The analysis predicts a 24 per cent increase in the number of families facing housing stress in 2021 (Bigstock)

The economic fallout from the coronavirus is expected to result in a nine per cent increase in homelessness and a 24 per cent rise in families experiencing housing stress next year, according to new analysis. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The Vatican did not say how many vaccines will be available for it employees and residents of the city-state (Bigstock)

The Vatican will begin a campaign to provide its small population of residents and staff with new coronavirus vaccines “in the first months” of 2021, the head of the city-state’s health department said. Source: NCR Online.

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The front and back covers of the ‘Shared Stories Anthology’ (YouTube/SharedStories2020launch)

Students from 26 Catholic schools across Victoria have shared stories through prose, poetry and art, with many focusing on the pandemic as part of the annual Shared Stories Anthology. Source: Catholic Education Melbourne.

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Pro-life advocates have expressed hope that a controversial abortion bill passed by South Australia’s upper house may still be quashed by the lower house next year. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge (ACBC)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has slammed the “politicisation” of voluntary euthanasia after the Queensland Government roped in a leader of the right-to-die lobby to announce it was delaying its legislation. Source: The Australian.

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At the end of this most challenging of years, it is vital that we make sure that women and children have a safe haven to turn to, writes Jack de Groot. Source: Philanthrophy Australia.

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Tamara Domicelj (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has appointed Tamara Domicelj as its new director, commencing next month, to succeed Carolina Gottardo.

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Hanar Keka (The Catholic Leader)

Hanar Keka, a young Iraqi Catholic studying in Brisbane, is over the moon that Pope Francis will visit her home country next year and would love to be there for it. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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