Emergency Department at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (St Vincent’s Health)

A study by St Vincent’s Health, which runs busy emergency rooms in Sydney and Melbourne, shows vulnerable patients being admitted in growing numbers with acute health problems that could have been prevented. Source: The Age.

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Young Cameroonians who fled deadly violence at a temporary refugee camp in Ndjamena, Chad, on December 9 (CNS/Mahamat Ramadane, Reuters)

A leading Cameroonian archbishop has called on Catholics to pray the Rosary for peace in the country’s conflict-ridden Anglophone regions. Source: Crux.

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A catechist from the Scalabrinian Parish of Our Lady of the Perpetual Help in Lima, Peru, leads a prayer service in December, 2018 (CNS/Oscar Durand)

Catholics installed in the new ministry of catechists are not simply religious education teachers but are engaged in proclaiming the faith under the guidance of priests, a letter on the new Rite of Institution of Catechists says. Source: NCR.

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Jesuit Social Services has welcomed the Victorian Government’s recent housing initiatives, including a new social housing complex and funding for projects to support young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

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Gérald Darmanin (Twitter/GDarmamin)

France’s interior minister on Saturday condemned threats made against Catholics taking part in a Marian procession in the western suburbs of Paris. Source: CNA.

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The inquiry that research showed a dire shortage of palliative care professionals outside NSW’s cities (Bigstock)

Terminally ill people seeking voluntary euthanasia are not “control freaks” but come from all walks of life, a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry has heard. Source: AAP.

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Eight in 10 Victorians have seen no marked improvement in aged care services since the Morrison Government announced its $17.7 billion cash splash for the sector, a new poll shows. Source: The Australian.

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The publication features prayers, readings and reflections from 25 faith and community leaders representing 14 different religious traditions (ACU)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese have united to support Australian Catholic University’s new interfaith publication, Reflections on Hope and Resilience.

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Tung Ngo (back, centre) with members of the Vietnamese community (The Southern Cross)

The generosity of former refugees from South Australia’s Vietnamese community will help refugees and asylum-seekers become job-ready and find employment through a Vinnies program. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The consecration of Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Awali, Bahrain on December 10 (CNS/Reuters)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Friday consecrated Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Bahrain, the newest and largest cathedral in the Persian Gulf region. Source: UCA News.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP addresses an anti-euthanasia rally in Sydney, November 18 (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Religious leaders have told New South Wales lawmakers that the sanctity of human life means euthanasia should not be legalised. Source: AAP.

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Survivors console one another outside a women and children’s shelter in Mayfield, Kentucky, that was destroyed by a tornado (Vatican News)

Pope Francis expressed his closeness yesterday to the victims of a series of tornadoes that struck at least six states in the US, killing scores of people. Source: CNA.

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Notre Dame University

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The Morrison Government will commission an independent review of the school chaplaincy scheme, which receives $61.4 million annually. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Chris Ulhmann delivers the Ethos lecture last week (ACU)

Nine News political editor Chris Uhlmann has called on Australians to reclaim the nation’s Christian heritage in the face of the “clear and present danger” of China. Source: ACU.

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National Growth Areas Alliance suggests the Government increases the level of support for people living in the outer suburbs (ABC News)

One in five Australians in the outer suburbs has been living in “financial survival mode” during the pandemic and is more likely to feel stressed, frustrated and anxious than the national average. Source: ABC News.

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Rachele Trentin, Pietro Trentin and Emma Sexton at the Adelaide Diocesan Youth Assembly (The Southern Cross/Ben Macmahon)

More than 100 young people shared their experiences of faith and hopes for the Church in Adelaide at the Diocesan Youth Assembly held last month. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The Nativity scene and Christmas tree decorate St Peter’s Square after a lighting ceremony at the Vatican on Friday (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Christmas tree and Nativity scene should evoke the joy and the peace of God’s love and not the selfish indulgence of consumerism and indifference, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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The A Place to Call Home report (JRS Australia)

Years after arriving in Australia, people seeking asylum face chronic homelessness and housing exclusion in the community, a new report has found. Source: Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

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