Joe O’Brien at Hakea Prison in Canning Vale, Western Australia (The eRecord Jamie O’Brien)

Perth's Archdiocesan Catholic Prison Ministry, in conjunction with the state Department of Justice, has opened a new multifaith worship centre at Hakea Prison, Perth’s maximum security jail. Source: The eRecord.

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A researcher in Russia works on a coronavirus vaccine (CNS/Anton Vaganov, Reuters)

Pope Francis has again urged political leaders to make sure coronavirus vaccines are available to the poorest nations. Source: Crux.

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Professor Brendan Murphy (ABC News/Matt Roberts)

The head of the federal health department, Brendan Murphy, has conceded that funding of the country’s aged care system requires a “fundamental reset”. Source: The Guardian.

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Notre Dame University

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Firefighters work to extinguish the fire at St Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore on Friday (NSW Fire and Rescue)

A 45-year-old Sydney man has been charged over a fire at St Carthage’s Catholic Cathedral in Lismore on Friday morning. Source: ABC News.

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A couple walk past destroyed buildings in Deraa, Syria (CNS/Alaa al Faqir, Reuters)

With no path toward economic recovery and no end of conflict in sight, the Syrian people are losing hope that any sense of peace and normalcy will return, said the apostolic nuncio to Syria. Source: CNS.

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More than more 30 million consultations have been delivered by telehealth in Australia since March (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia says the Commonwealth Government’s decision to extend the current list of Medicare services delivered via telehealth to March 2021 is welcome, but that it should remain beyond the pandemic.

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Pandemic border restrictions have sparked angry debate between Queensland’s Labor and LNP leaders (CNS)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for compassion as the Queensland Government maintains tough COVID-19 quarantine rules and border restrictions. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Pope Francis greets the faithful at the Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

God’s grace is not something we deserve, but he gives it to us anyway, Pope Francis said yesterday during his weekly Angelus address. Source: CNA.

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Anne Ruston (Facebook/Anne Ruston)

Unemployed Australians will have to wait beyond the October Budget for a crucial decision on the JobSeeker rate despite calls for a permanent boost to payments. Source: The Age.

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Sr Salvacion Bunao and volunteer Lita Espinosa with hot meals for the vulnerable of South Brisbane (Supplied)

Some of Brisbane’s homeless call her “Santa”, but Sr Salvacion Bunao likes to think of herself just as a nun serving the vulnerable, inspired and challenged by Pope Francis. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The cover of the New Zealand bishops 2020 election statement (NZCBC)

New Zealand’s bishops are urging voters in the country's general election to say “no” to the euthanasia referendum and to give “serious thoughts” to the effect of cannabis on vulnerable people when considering the cannabis referendum. Source: NZCBC.

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Students have faced prolonged periods of remote learning in 2020 (Bigstock)

Australian senior school students tend to have a strong belief in their abilities and feel supported by their teachers, which will help them persevere through disrupted schooling, new research shows. Source: The Age.

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An elderly priest walks to his residence at Our Lady of Carmen Church in Panama City (CNS/Bob Roller)

Pope Francis reminded elderly and ill priests that they need not be afraid of suffering because Christ is always there to help them carry that cross. Source: Crux.

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Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. (Parramatta Diocese)

Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. has expressed his solidarity with people in the Philippines in their struggle for human rights. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Chiara Porro in the Rome Reports interview (Rome Reports)

Catholic human rights organisation the Edmund Rice Centre has applauded statements made by Australia’s new Ambassador to the Vatican supporting the push for a synod for the Pacific region.

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Bishop-elect Greg Bennet (ACBC)

Sale Catholics will have to wait a little longer for their new bishop, with the postponement of the episcopal ordination and installation of Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet due to Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions. Source: Sale Diocese.

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Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman in The Secrets We Keep (Bleecker Street)

The Secrets We Keep is an emotional thriller that tells the story of a woman who takes revenge on a man she thinks was responsible for war crimes against her years before. Source: ACOFB.

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The subsidised telehealth program had been due to expire at the end of this month (Bigstock)

Australians wanting to consult their doctor via phone or video call will continue to get access to subsidised telehealth until March in a $2 billion extension of coronavirus measures. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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