St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican seen from a terrace in Rome (CNS/Paul Haring)

European evaluators have warned that the Vatican’s efforts to investigate and prosecute financial crimes were suffering from understaffing, inexperience, and the mistaken belief that cardinals and bishops were immune to criminal conduct. Source: NCR Online.

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The bill and its amendments will head back to the South Australian upper house for a final vote (Bigstock)

South Australia’s lower house has voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that would allow people to access voluntary euthanasia in the state. Source: The Advertiser.

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Pope Francis delivers a video message to participants of the online forum (CNS/Vatican Media)

To truly reach out to families, the Church first must learn to listen to their concerns rather than doling out theoretical solutions to life’s harsh realities, Pope Francis has told an online conference. Source: Crux.

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Scott Morrison (Facebook/Scott Morrison)

The Morrison Government has announced $146 million in funding for the first phase of a new national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse. Source: The Mandarin.

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The gates to Queensland

There’s a new fight in Queensland over the traditional recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the start of each parliamentary day in the state’s single-chamber Legislative Assembly. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Maxine Kunde (ABC News/Tiffany Parker)

Survivors of Aboriginal forced removal policies have signed a deal for compensation and apology 40 years after suffering sexual and physical abuse at the Garden Point Catholic Church mission on Melville Island, north of Darwin. Source: ABC News.

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Schools have been shut in the greater Melbourne area for two weeks (MACS)

Catholic schools in greater Melbourne will welcome prep to year 10 students back to onsite learning tomorrow following two weeks of remote and flexible learning. Source: Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.

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Inaugural prize winner Timothy Mallis (Sydney Archdiocese)

Young composers from across Australia are invited to enter the Archbishop’s Prize for New Composers, with the winner to have their work performed at a Christmas concert at St Mary’s Cathedral. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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Pope Francis at the general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace yesterday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday encouraged busy Catholics to say the 12-word “Jesus Prayer” throughout the day, recommending the short prayer at the heart of Eastern Christianity’s mystical tradition. Source: CNA.

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The Adelaide Diocesan Assembly will be held in September (Adelaide Archdiocese)

Parishes and communities in the Adelaide Archdiocese will soon take part in a consultation process for the forthcoming Diocesan Assembly. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Displaced people wait to receive food being distributed by Catholic Relief Services in Kaya, Burkina Faso (CNS/Olympia de Maismont, Catholic Relief Services)

A Catholic bishop in Burkina Faso has condemned an Islamist attack on a north-eastern village which left at least 160 people dead and urged residents to “keep faith and stay united”. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis and Cardinal Beniamino Stella (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis has asked an Italian bishop to carry out a visitation of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, which has oversight of the more than 410,000 Catholic priests around the world. Source: America Magazine.

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The royal commission found almost a third of aged care residents had suffered from substandard care (Bigstock)

Older Australians want to be involved in reforming aged care but feel they have little opportunity to do so, according to a survey by National Seniors Australia. Source: The West Australian.

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A pilgrim in 2018 (CNS/CaminoDocumentary.org)

After a year of being kept off Spain’s Camino de Santiago due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, soul-searchers are once again strapping on backpacks and following trails to the reported burial place of the apostle St James. Source: Sight Magazine.

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Tharnicaa Murugappan is being treated for sepsis and pneumonia in a Perth hospital (ABC News/Supplied)

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says the federal Government is not looking at resettling the “Biloela family” in Australia, hours after the mother made a plea from her daughter's hospital bed in Perth to return to Queensland. Source: ABC News.

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A scene from the Marist Brothers Community and Relationships short film (Marist Brothers)

The Marist Brothers Province of Australia has celebrated the feast day of founder St Marcellin Champagnat with the launch of three short films on contemporary expressions of Marist spirituality in Australia.

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Catholic Mission’s Socktober program supports mission projects around the world (Catholic Mission)

A nationwide Catholic schools engagement program is again shooting for success, using the game of soccer to educate and encourage support for mission projects around the world. Source: Catholic Mission.

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The Berejiklian Government will now renegotiate the management of Sydney cemeteries with the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The operator of Sydney’s Catholic cemeteries has welcomed a backflip by the New South Wales Government on its decision to dismantle and amalgamate it with four cemetery trusts. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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