The headquarters of the Institute for Works of Religion, known as the Vatican bank (CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Vatican police seized documents and electronics during searches of the Holy See’s Secretariat of State and financial watchdog agency yesterday after receiving complaints about “past financial operations,” officials said. Source: Crux.

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The bill would not cover Christian organisations that engage primarily in commercial activities such as aged care (Bigstock)

The flaws in the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill are “so serious” it cannot be supported in its current form, the Sydney Anglican diocese has warned. Source: The Guardian.

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The Carmelite Monastery in West Launceston (Churches of Tasmania website/Duncan Grant)

At an unassuming, modern church in West Launceston, nine nuns from the Order of the Discalced Carmelites live in complete separation from the rest of the world. Source: The Examiner.

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The Vatican will publish the full message on January 24 (CNS/Paul Haring)

In his message for World Communication Day 2020, Pope Francis will highlight the important role of memory and storytelling in bringing people together. Source: CNS.

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Sa Nguyen, with five-year-old Dao, is a longtime member of Adelaide’s Vietnamese Catholic community (The Southern Cross/Nat Rogers)

The future of Adelaide’s Vietnamese Catholic community has been further strengthened with the dedication of its new 1200-seat church at Pooraka on Sunday. Source: The Southern Cross.

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1002pope- A screenshot from The Pope Video for October (Vatican News)

In his monthly prayer intention video for October, Pope Francis prays that the Holy Spirit inspires a missionary "spring” in the Church. Source: Vatican News.

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Two-thirds of low-income renters spend more than 30 per cent of their income on rent (Bigstock)

The number of low-income households struggling to pay their rent has doubled in the past two decades, new research shows. Source: Pro Bono News.

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The sustainability strategy aims to reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent across the schools by 2032 (Pexels)

Solar panels and energy efficient lighting has helped one school cut its energy consumption in half in a Sydney Catholic Schools sustainability program set to be rolled out to 152 institutions. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The bill has been criticised for overriding state and federal discrimination law (Bigstock)

Key provisions of the religious discrimination bill may be unconstitutional because they allow medical practitioners to refuse treatment, and privilege statements of religious belief, an academic has warned. Source: The Guardian.

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St Therese of Lisieux (left) and her parents, Sts Louis and Zelie Martin (Supplied, CNS-Sanctuary of Lisieux)

For the first time in 18 years, the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux will visit Australia next year on a four-month pilgrimage, along with relics of her parents, Sts Louis and Zélie Martin. Source: Catholic Mission.

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Fr James Martin SJ and  Pope Francis yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday met with Fr James Martin SJ, an American priest who has dedicated most of the past three years to ministering to LGBT Catholics, whom he describes as the “most marginalised group” in the Church. Source: Crux.

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Anne Ruston (Anne Ruston website)

The Morrison Government will announce a broadening of the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, after more organisations agreed to sign on to the scheme. Source: The Age.

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To help the Church grow in love and faithful witness to God, Pope Francis has declared the third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be dedicated to the word of God. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope Francis with participants at The Common Good in the Digital Age conference at the Vatican on Friday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has warned tech company executives, diplomats and financiers that the race to create artificial intelligence poses the risk of increasing social inequality unless the work is accompanied by an ethical evaluation of the common good. Source: Time.

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Registrations for the Broken Bay Bible Conference close on Friday (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Diocese will host its seventh Bible conference this month on the theme “The Holy Spirit through the Pages of Scripture”. Source: Broken Bay News.

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Fr Rob Galea (ACBC)

Sandhurst priest and recording artist Fr Rob Galea has released the theme song for the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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The diocesan social profiles provide insights into the demographics of the Catholic population in all 28 geographical dioceses (ACBC)

New reports published this week will help bishops and Church leaders respond to the needs of their local communities, says Trudy Dantis, director of the National Centre for Pastoral Research. Source: ACBC.

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Papuans set fire to buildings in the town of Wamena last week in response to students being shot by Indonesian security forces (SBS News)

A Church human rights advocate claims Indonesian militia are working alongside soldiers in a brutal crackdown on independence demonstrators in West Papua. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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