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Only the most serious abusive online content will be subject to new take-down powers handed to the eSafety Commissioner, with name-calling and character attacks unlikely to be captured under the adult cyber abuse scheme. Source: The Age.

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Salesian Fr Antonio Scudu inspects damage after vandals broke into the Beit Jamal Salesian monastery, near Jerusalem, in 2017 (CNS/Debbie Hill)

Christian leaders in the Holy Land have asked for “an urgent dialogue” with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders “to ensure that no citizen or institution has to live under threat of violence or intimidation”. Source: NCR Online.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Br Peter Carroll FMS (ACBC/CRA)

The fourth report from the Catholic Church to the National Office for Child Safety outlines initiatives across dozens of Catholic entities as they continue to strengthen efforts to keep all people safe in Church settings. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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 Detail of St Joseph with the Infant Jesus, oil on canvas, by Guido Reni (1575-1642) (Wikipedia/Hermitage Museum)

The absence of any words attributed to St Joseph in the Gospels speaks volumes about the importance of silence, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience yesterday. Source: CNS.

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The Jesus is Christmas special will be broadcast on Melbourne TV and on YouTube (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne Archdiocese is hosting its second annual televised carols special, Jesus is Christmas, described as a “gift to the community” after such a challenging year. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Moves to update fundraising regulations for Australia’s charity and not-for-profit sector have been agreed between the Morrison Government and the states and territories. Source: Australian Financial Review.

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Michaelia Cash (Facebook/MichaeliaCashMP)

Attorney-General Michaelia Cash has cast doubt on any deals to fast-track protections for gay students alongside the religious discrimination bill, and instead re-committed to a year-long review process. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pope Francis signs the Fratelli Tutti encyclical at Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, in October 2020 (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has approved the creation of a new foundation promoting spirituality, art, formation and dialogue in the environs of St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican announced yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Representatives from the St Vincent de Paul Society, Centacare Evolve Housing and the Tasmanian Government at the Smithton site (Vinnies Tasmania)

A partnership between the St Vincent de Paul Society, Centacare Evolve Housing and the Tasmanian Government will see a new housing development built in the state’s northwest. Source: The Advocate.

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NAPLAN results show disadvantaged year 3 students in Victoria and New South Wales are two or more years behind in literacy (Bigstock)

Disadvantaged students are falling drastically behind their peers in literary and numeracy skills, with year 9 students more than four years behind their most advantaged peers in reading in both NSW and Victoria. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has warned unaddressed processing backlogs at Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal risk eroding public confidence in the nation’s asylum system. Source: SBS News.

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International check-in counters stand empty at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 28, as several airlines stopped flying out of South Africa amid the spread of the Omicron variant (CNS photo/Sumaya Hisham, Reuters)

Travel bans on southern Africa are based on “a deep-seated racism” and have a severe impact on the poor in the region, says the director of the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis with a pilgrimage group from the Seraphic Institute of Assisi at the Vatican on Monday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Every human being is precious and has a value that does not depend on his or her abilities, but on the fact that he or she is a person created in the image of God, Pope Francis said on Monday. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis with members of the French Bishops Conference at the Vatican on Monday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has told French Catholic bishops he is willing to meet the authors of a landmark report into child sexual abuse. Source: CNA.

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Brisbane Catholic Education Student Voice Consultants with executive leaders (BCE)

Brisbane Catholic Education is walking the talk when it comes to students having input into their educational experience thanks to its Student Voice initiative.

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The remains of the four Hobart archbishops and one priest are interred in the Cathedral crypt (Hobart Archdiocese/Mark Franklin)

The mortal remains of four archbishops and a pioneer priest were reinterred in the crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last week. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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A Christmas Mass will be broadcast in addition to the regular Sunday Mass next week (ACBC/Wollongong Diocese)

People unable to attend their local parish for Christmas celebrations will get a special present, with a bonus Mass to be broadcast on Channel Ten at 6am on Christmas Day. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Cherie Reid (left) and daughter Rachelle are working together to create a natural family scenario for a young foster child (The Southern Cross)

The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” rings true for an Adelaide Hills mother and daughter who are joining forces as foster carers for a young child with complex needs. Source: The Southern Cross.

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