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Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called for the “grassroots mobilisation” of people of faith to tackle the climate crisis, appealing to a common care for creation across all religious groups. Source: The Guardian.

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The temptation for low-income families to use “buy now, pay later” programs for presents and celebrations this Christmas could lead to major debt problems in the new year, says Catholic Social Services Australia.

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Bishop Daniel Meagher prays as the Gospels are held above his head by two deacons during his episcopal ordination on Wednesday (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Sydney’s new Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Meagher says he rejects a mere bureaucratic role and is committed to bringing Jesus to the Church’s flock “at the grassroots”. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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The Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square during a preview for journalists at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Junno Arocho Esteves)

The representation of Peru’s diverse Indigenous communities in this year’s Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square embodies the joy and hope of their faith, a Peruvian bishop said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis at the Good Samaritan home in Rome on Wednesday (Vatican News)

Pope Francis closed the Year of St Joseph with a private visit to a community in Rome that helps people who are experiencing marginalisation, crisis or substance abuse. Source: Crux.

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The Nativity story in English and Noongar (The eRecord/Matt Biocich)

Students and staff from two Perth Catholic schools have collaborated to create a bilingual digital book that tells the Nativity story in English and Noongar. Source: The eRecord.

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A damaged inflatable dinghy is seen on Loon Beach in Dunkirk, France, November 25, 2021, the day after 27 migrants died when their dinghy deflated as they attempted to cross the English Channel (CNS/Johanna Geron, Reuters)

As Christians journey through Advent preparing for Christmas, Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has asked for prayers to those who undertake perilous journeys – fleeing conflict and persecution to seek asylum in a safer place.

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Ben Platt and Kaitlyn Dever in Dear Evan Hansen (CNS/Universal Pictures)

Honesty, we’re assured, is the best policy. For an object lesson in just how badly awry even a well-meaning ruse may go, viewers can consult the earnest musical drama Dear Evan Hansen. Source: CNS.

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The illuminated 12-point star dedicated to Our Lady on top of the Sagrada Família Basílica (CNA/Sagrada Família)

There is still no end in sight for the construction of the Sagrada Familia after 139 years, according to the architect in charge of Antoni Gaudi’s basilica in Barcelona. Source: The Times.

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A memorial at Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, Canada, where the remains of 215 children were discovered in May (CNS/Jennifer Gauthier, Reuters)

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that a First Nations delegation set to visit the Vatican next week has postponed its trip due to the worsening COVID-19 crisis. Source: Vatican News

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Demographer Liz Allen says the nation’s fertility rate has been falling but it is even more difficult now for prospective parents to start a family (Bigstock)

Uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to Australia’s fertility rate falling to its lowest level on record, with warnings it may never recover. Source: The Age.

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A refugee child at a government run centre in Mytilene, Greece, before Pope Francis visited the centre on December 5 (CNS/Paul Haring)

The best way to overcome indifference to the suffering of migrants and refugees is to look in their faces, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Samantha and Lauren Garton in front of the new mural at Tutti Arts Centre (The Southern Cross/Nat Rogers)

The transformation of a former Catholic school into an arts hub and support service for people with disability has been a godsend for one Adelaide family. Source: The Southern Cross.

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New South Wales MPs have been urged not to add further safeguards to a euthanasia bill that won majority support in the state Parliament’s lower house. Source: MSN.

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Sr Ann Rose Nu Tawng begs police not to shoot protesters (EWTN)

Among the Nobel laureates, politicians and professors honoured by the BBC as among the 100 most influential and inspiring women of the year is a Catholic religious sister from rural Myanmar. Source: Crux.

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Peter Arndt (The Catholic Leader/Mark Bowling)

Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Australian Government to pressure Indonesia to allow a United Nations human rights mission to West Papua. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Scenes from Plenary Council first assembly in October (ACBC)

The fruits of the first general assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia have been gathered together in a new report that contains dozens of proposals to shape the ongoing Council journey.

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Faith leaders at Kemps Creek Cemetery on Sunday (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Muslim community leaders have called on the New South Wales Government to abandon a planned takeover of the management of Sydney cemeteries from faith-based operators. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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