The new initiative aims to build on a previous program that sought to remind people that civility in political discussions is a virtue (Bigstock)

Polarisation across society has prompted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to launch an initiative that looks to bring people together to serve the common good. Source: Catholic Philly.

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More than 25,000 people aged between 15 and 19 were surveyed for the report last year (Bigstock)

Mental health screening has been recommended in all schools after research found more than one-quarter of young Australians experienced psychological distress during 2020. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis is scheduled to formally open the synod process at the Vatican on October 9-10 (CNS/Synod of Bishops)

The Vatican has issued the preparatory document and a handbook for dioceses as part of the Church’s preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops assembly on the theme “For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission”. Source: CNS.

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Children at the Kindergarten Centre in Thailand supported by the Good Shepherd Sisters (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission Australia has launched its annual World Mission Month appeal, focusing on the work of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Thailand and supporting children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.

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The New South Wales Government has committed to outlawing religious discrimination in the state but will not act until the Commonwealth’s own promised religious freedoms bill has passed federal Parliament. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk (Facebook/Annastacia Palaszczuk MP)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has left the door open for last-minute changes to Queensland’s euthanasia legislation in the face of a continuing campaign from religious hospitals to be exempt. Source: The Australian.

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Francis Campbell and Kate Rayment

The National Catholic Education Commission has two new members, with the appointment of Professor Francis Campbell and Kate Rayment.

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In a joint message for the 2021 Season of Creation, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury stress the importance of cooperation and valuing sustainability over short-term advantages. Source: Vatican News.

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The Australasian Religious Press Association awards were announced on Zoom on Saturday (ARPA)

Jesuit publication Eureka Street was named Publication of the Year at the 2021 Australasian Religious Press Association Awards, with the judges citing its “authenticity of voice and fidelity to the Gospel”.

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Russian Orthodox leader Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on Sunday (CNA/Daniel Ibáñez)

A Russian Orthodox leader said yesterday that belief in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist unites Catholics and Eastern Orthodox believers despite their divisions. Source: CNA.

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A Senate committee yesterday heard that the system is failing those who need it the most. (Bigstock)

A complex and “humiliating” application process is making it difficult for people to access the Disability Support Pension, forcing them into poverty, federal politicians have heard. Source: SBS News.

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The Texas Heartbeat Act is one of the strictest pieces of abortion legislation in the United States (Bigstock)

Texas bishops have applauded the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to block a new law banning most abortions in the state Source: Crux.

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Anna Murchison (ACU)

Anna Murchison, who did not start writing poetry until she was 50, has been awarded Australia’s richest poetry prize and her win will be an inspiration to late starters everywhere. Source: ACU.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society last year supported about 4800 women and children affected by family violence (Bigstock)

Long-term structural changes in housing and income support are essential to improve the safety of women, including older women and those with children, who experience family or sexual violence, says the St Vincent de Paul Society.

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Campion’s integrated Bachelor of Arts degree is unique in Australia, taking a chronological approach to the study of Western Civilisation (Campion College/Giovanni Portelli Photography)

Campion College will host a virtual open day this month for prospective students considering studying at the liberal arts college in Sydney’s west.

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Aloma has become a valued leader in her community in the Philippines (Caritas Australia)

Caritas Australia has launched its annual Women for the World campaign, which brings Australians together to help empower vulnerable women with the skills and resources they need to forge a path out of poverty.

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Matthew Brown (left) and Maddy Forde, with a girl she met during a Sacred Heart College Old Collegians immersion experience to Cambodia in 2020 (Supplied)

Two of the youngest members of the forthcoming Plenary Council have discussed the important role they will play in describing their experience of being Catholic, and those of their peers. Source: ACBC Media Blog and The Southern Cross.

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Queensland Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli says he won't yet reveal his stance on the state’s proposed euthanasia bill. Source: AAP.

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