CathNews will be back after our summer break (Bigstock)

This is the final issue of CathNews for 2021. We will return on Monday, January 17, 2022.

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Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez in West Side Story (CNS/Niko Tavernise, 20th Century Studios)

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is a splendid second film version of the classic 1957 Broadway musical, charting the romance of its modern-day Romeo and Juliet, as they attempt to cross the ethnic divide that separates them. Source: CNS.

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Key religious organisations and LGBTQI advocates have given evidence for and against the Morrison Government’s contentious religious discrimination bill. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Christmas hamper organisers Bernie Farrell, Sr Mary Leahy, Michael Kelly and Myron Fernandes with the gifts (Daily Cargo News/Ian Ackerman)

A Sydney Josephite sister is working around the clock delivering a little bit of Christmas cheer to the thousands of exhausted international seafarers arriving at Port Botany throughout the festive season. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Christmas is a ray of light, a sliver of hope, says Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (Bigstock)

In their annual Christmas messages, Australia’s bishops have underscored the effects the pandemic has had on society in the past two years, but point to the Christ child as the one who heals a broken world and brings light and joy.

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Centrecare Inc Director Tony Pietropiccolo and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB sign the formal agreement to establish the Clergy Professional Pastoral Supervision Program (The eRecord/Max Hoh)

Pastoral support for parish priests in the Perth Archdiocese is now available thanks to the launch of a new clergy professional pastoral supervision program. Source: The eRecord.

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In his message for the 55th World Day of Peace on January 1, Pope Francis points to three paths for building a lasting peace dialogue between generations, education and work. Source: Vatican News.

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Richard Daschbach at the Oecusse district court in Timor-Leste in February (UCA News/YouTube)

Richard Daschbach, the laicised American priest whose child sexual abuse trial has shaken deeply Catholic Timor-Leste, has been found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Source: The Age.

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Charity staff are not only burnt-out and struggling to keep up with increasing demand, they are seeing a rising wave of more complex problems, disadvantage and poverty among communities they serve, according to new research. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Br Shehan Fernando, Br Justin Uzabeaga and Br Joshua Whicker and the Missionaries of God’s Love priests and brothers at the final vows ceremony (Melbourne Catholic)

The Missionaries of God’s Love have a “new generation of energetic, zealous, faithful missionaries” with three brothers making their final vows this month. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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ACU Pro Chancellor Julien O’Connell, Professor Greg Craven and Professor Zlatko Skrbis at the graduation ceremony last week (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has awarded its highest honour, an honorary doctorate, to its long-serving former vice-chancellor and president Greg Craven during graduation ceremonies in Sydney.

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Pope Francis at his birthday party in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis joined a belated celebration of his 85th birthday on Sunday, thrown by the children and families helped by the Vatican’s charitable paediatric clinic. Source: CNA.

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Cardinal Peter Turkson (CNS/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

After a dozen years as a top Vatican official, Cardinal Peter Turkson said he offered Pope Francis his resignation because he was at the end of his five-year appointment as prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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The economic and social divide has far-reaching impacts on life, with research revealing a boy born into the most advantaged parts of Australia will live almost nine years longer than one born into the most disadvantaged. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis during the broadcast (Vatican News/ANSA)

Violence against women is “an almost satanic problem”, Pope Francis told an Italian television program broadcast on Sunday in a conversation that discussed poverty, the pandemic and the lives of prisoners. Source: Crux.

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Victoria’s bishops have today announced the establishment of Pathways Victoria, a new model for responding consistently across the state’s dioceses to allegations of abuse in the Church.

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Damage caused by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines (Caritas Philippines)

At least 200 people were killed and a further 780,000 were affected by Typhoon Rai, which hit the Philippines with wind gusts of up to 235 km/h. Source: Caritas Australia.

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Almost two in three Australians believe religious schools are entitled to require employees to uphold the ethos and values of their faith, new data to be presented to a key parliamentary inquiry finds. Source: The Australian.

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