Baden Ellis in the commercial kitchen at St Pius X High School (MNnews.Today)

Big things are on the horizon for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning’s food programs, which have recently teamed up with a Newcastle Catholic secondary school to use their commercial kitchen to cook meals for those in need. Source: MNnews.Today.

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The cards quarantine up to 80 per cent of a person’s welfare payments so money can’t be spent on alcohol or gambling (Bigstock)

Trials of the Morrison Government’s cashless welfare card will be extended for another two years after it failed to convince the Senate to roll the scheme out permanently in designated communities. Source: SBS News.

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Screenshot of speakers during the Vatican climate webinar (Vatican News)

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission hosted a webinar yesterday, gathering scientific and faith perspectives to discuss the global climate crisis and to chart paths towards a cleaner, healthier planet. Source: Vatican News.

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Senator Katy Gallagher announces six recommendations from the initial Senate Inquiry into COVID 19 (ABC News)

A Senate inquiry on COVID-19 has recommended permanently raising the rate of JobSeeker and establishing a national centre for disease control. Source: ABC News.

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Dr Nariman Al Mulla,  Lila McInerney and a student at the Mercy College meeting (Mercy eNews)

Interfaith dialogue was on the agenda when the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates visited a Melbourne Catholic girls’ secondary school last week. Source: Mercy eNews.

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Professor Greg Craven says ACU takes academic freedom seriously (Bigstock)

A review of universities has found that Australian Catholic University is one of only nine in the country that are compliant with federal Government recommendations on free speech.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP wants Sydney Catholics to ‘Come Home to Mass!’ (Sydney Archdiocese/Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has issued a new pastoral letter urging the faithful to return to Mass now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased in New South Wales. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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The new RE program is based on the work of educator Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavalletti, who founded the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program (Facebook/Bishop Columba MacBeth-Green)

Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese has launched a new religious education program developed for its Catholic schools that enables children to have a hands-on approach to learning the faith.

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Pope Francis during the general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace yesterday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays”, Pope Francis said at the general audience yesterday. Source: CNA.

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The Victorian Government’s bill to ban gay conversion therapy targets prayer and the right of people of faith to share beliefs in an open way, Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli said yesterday. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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The new advocacy body aims to enhance parental participation in the education and care of children and young people in South Australian Catholic schools (Bigstock)

The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools has announced the formation of Catholic School Parents SA as the new representative body of Catholic school parents. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Chapel of the Nativity Scene at the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Mary’s Immaculate Conception offers a glimpse to the promised life for all Christians who open their hearts to God and his grace, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Detail of ‘St Joseph with the Infant Jesus’, oil on canvas, by Guido Reni (1575-162) (Wikipedia/Hermitage Museum)

Pope Francis has declared a Year of St Joseph in honour of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. Source: CNA.

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Fr Trenton van Reesch prepares to livestream the Chrism Mass in the crypt of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra (Catholic Voice)

Prophecy is a risky business, but I’m happy to have a go at describing what the Church in Australia might look like after COVID-19, writes Philippa Martyr. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Bishop Greg Bennet after his ordination yesterday (Lisa Baker)

Bishop Greg Bennet was ordained the 10th Bishop of Sale yesterday in front of dozens of people gathered in St Mary’s Cathedral, with many more joining the ceremony online. Source: Sale Diocese.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Sienna Thomas, Katie-Lee King and Professor Francis Campbell (The Catholic Leader/Patrick J Lee)

Two Indigenous women attending the University of Notre Dame Australia have been awarded the first Aunty Elsie Indigenous Support Scholarships for their outstanding commitment to learning. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Ursula Stephens (CSSA)

Catholic Social Services Australia has urged the Government to heed the findings of experts and its own reports and reverse its decision to cut the JobSeeker allowance next month.

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A Catholic bishop in the Philippines says efforts must be intensified to protect children (UCA News/Angie de Silva)

The economic crisis in the Philippines brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled a rise in child labour, according to a Government report. Source: UCA News.

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