A screenshot from the Parramatta Diocese’s ‘Return to Church’ video (Parramatta Diocese)

A new video is encouraging members of the faithful in the Parramatta Diocese to “come back to church” this Advent after the long winter of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Abdelrahman Mohamed, 11, visits the first public beach for people with disabilities in Alexandria, Egypt, in July (CNS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany, Reuters)

The Catholic Church must be a home for all, especially for people with disabilities who continue to face discrimination in the world and in the Church, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.

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Senator Sam McMahon (Facebook/DrSamMcMahon)

A contentious bill to give territories the right to legislate on euthanasia has been brought before the Senate after a rare move from Labor to give up a debating spot to a Coalition senator. Source: 7News.com.au.

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(Unsplash/Road Trip with Raj)

Few Americans blame God when bad things happen in their lives, according to a new Pew Research Centre survey that looks at how people respond to suffering in the wake of a pandemic that has killed more than 750,000 Americans. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope Francis will return to Lesbos, Greece, where he met with refugees at the Moria refugee camp in April 16, 2016 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has released a video message about bringing the joy of the Gospel to Greece and Cyprus, where he will travel on Thursday for a five-day visit. Source: CNA.

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A Hands Off Our Charities event in the Senate courtyard at Parliament House, Canberra, in 2018 (Twitter/350Australia)

The charities sector is celebrating what it is calling a win for advocacy following the Senate’s decision to disallow rules cracking down on charities’ advocacy work. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Laudato Si’ Action Platform logo (Supplied)

Australian Catholic University has officially enrolled in the seven-year journey to implement the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

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The cover of Sr Mary Glowrey’s autobiography (Mary Glowrey Museum)

The story of Australian-born and educated Servant of God Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ has been told in her words for the first time, with the publication of her autobiography. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Jacinta Collins (NCEC)

The principle that Australia is a pluralist society – allowing everyone to “live and let live” – has taken a bit of a battering with the introduction of the religious discrimination bill, writes Jacinta Collins. Source: The Age.

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The Grattan Institute is calling for a $20 billion social housing fund that could build an extra 3000 social housing units a year (Bigstock)

Think tanks, universities and the social services sector have warned that Australia’s lowest income earners face a shortage of affordable housing for decades unless governments work together on major investment in social housing. Source: The Age.

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Maeve and Sarah Hood (Mito Foundation)

Federal Parliament will this week have a conscience vote on the mitochondrial donation bill, the first conscience vote since the same-sex marriage vote in 2017. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Archbishop Michel Aupetit (Wikimedia/Ibex73)

The Archbishop of Paris has offered to step down after admitting to having had an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, the archdiocese said. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer yesterday (Vatican Media)

On the first Sunday of Advent yesterday, Pope Francis reminded Christians that an essential ingredient for living an alert and joyful life is prayer. Source: CNA.

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Notre Dame University

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Warren Entsch (Facebook/WarrenEntschMP)

Coalition MP Warren Entsch says he will not vote in favour of the religious discrimination bill in Parliament this week, raising pressure on Scott Morrison to delay any vote until the legislation is examined by a committee. Source: The Australian.

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Bishop-elect Danny Meagher (The Catholic Weekly)

Sydney Bishop-Elect Danny Meagher has told an online gathering of sacramental coordinators that parents must also be engaged in the sacramental preparation of their children. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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A high school in Malaita Province burns during rioting in the Solomon Islands last week (Facebook)

Two dozen Dominican friars and sisters ministering in the Solomon Islands are safe despite three days of rioting in the capital city Honiara last week, the Australian provincial confirmed. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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A volunteer with locals in the Broome Diocese (Supplied)

Broome Diocese has issued an urgent call for West Australian Catholics to volunteer in various towns across the diocese, with border restrictions hampering efforts to recruit helpers. Source: The eRecord.

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John Watkins (CHA)

Catholic Health Australia has condemned the decision by pro-euthanasia New South Wales MPs to systematically vote down a raft of amendments designed to protect the vulnerable.

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