Archbishop Antony Anandarayar (UCA News)

The Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalor on India’s southeast coast says he will do what is needed to eradicate all forms of caste-based discrimination in the archdiocese. Source: Crux.

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Fr Stephen Kumyangi (The Catholic Leader)

A South Sudanese priest serving in Brisbane is deeply saddened at the desperate plight of millions of people in his homeland following the worst floods in the nation in decades. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The emphasis on phonics is s the first initiative of an archdiocesan-wide program aimed at improving teaching and learning (Bigstock)

Catholic schools across the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese will implement evidence-backed phonics teaching from next year as part of a system-wide push to improve students’ literacy outcomes. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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The Nativity scene was unveiled in St Peter’s Square on Friday night (CNS/Paul Haring)

The image of baby Jesus nestled in the manger is a much-needed reminder during the pandemic that God gives the world the gift of hope in troubled times, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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The Go Make Disciples mission plan (Sydney Archdiocese/Alphonsus Fok)

Sydney Archdiocese's new mission plan, Go Make Disciples, aims to renew and focus the Church’s energy towards its timeless mission – announcing Jesus Christ to the world. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Senator Deb O’Neill met with ACT religious leaders last week to discuss Labor’s National Policy Platform (Facebook/SenatorDebONeill)

If the old adage to never discuss religion or politics in polite company was meant to be taken literally, nobody told Labor Senator Deb O’Neill. Source: The Age.

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Gladys Berejiklian (ACU)

Gladys Berejiklian’s colleagues fear a euthanasia bill would be politically poisonous for her as some MPs demand the New South Wales Premier keeps a promise of no more conscience votes. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Sale Bishop Greg Bennet, Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Sandhurst Bishop Shane Mackinlay and Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli sign the transition agreement for CatholicCare Victoria (Lisa Baker Photography)

The Catholic bishops of Victoria have announced the appointments to the CatholicCare Victoria board, including the appointment of John Sheldon as inaugural chair.

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Pope Francis delivers his video message to the Climate Ambition Summit (United Nations)

Pope Francis has told an international online climate summit that the Vatican City State is committed to reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Source: CNA.

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The Commissioner for Children and Young People said the number of allegations showed offences against children did not stop with the child abuse royal commission (Bigstock)

Almost 200 allegations against Victorian teachers, including claims of physical and sexual misconduct, have been referred to the state education regulator over a 12-month period. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate the 2019 Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter’s Basilica (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis will celebrate the Vatican’s traditional Christmas “Mass during the Night” on December 24 at 7.30pm, so that the few people invited to attend can get home in time to observe Italy’s 10pm. curfew. Source: CNS.

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Daniel Andrews (Bigstock)

Victoria is one step closer to banning gay conversion therapy after a majority of lower house MPs voted in support of the legislation. Source: The Courier.

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Notre Dame University

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A Vinnies WA volunteer packs Christmas hampers for the needy (ABC News/Jessica Warriner)

The festive season is always a busy one for charities, but after a year spent grappling with a pandemic, they are seeing new faces this Christmas. Source: ABC News.

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Artwork encouraging the faithful to celebrate the Coronation of Our Lady of Feast at home (CNS illustration/TJ Birnbaum)

Pope Francis is offering Catholics worldwide the chance to obtain a plenary indulgence for marking the 125th anniversary of the Coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe tomorrow while remaining at home. Source: Vatican News.

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Professor Belinda Tynan (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has appointed Belinda Tynan to be its new provost from February 2021, based at the university’s Melbourne campus.

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Anne Hathaway in Roald Dahl’s The Witches (CNS/Warner Bros Entertainment)

Roald Dahl’s The Witches is a spirited second adaptation of the famed children’s author’s 1983 novel, which was first brought to the big screen in 1990. Source: CNS.

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Mass For You at Home will undergo some changes in 2021, including seeing Masses filmed in churches (Bigstock)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has confirmed that Mass for You at Home will continue in 2021, correcting false media reports and social media commentary.

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Bishop Elect Michael Odiwa (The Southern Cross)

When anyone congratulates Adelaide priest Fr Michael Odiwa on his appointment as bishop of the Kenyan diocese of Homa Bay, he “tears up”. Source: The Southern Cross.

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