The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards were approved in May (Bigstock)

The Church has made significant progress in responding to the royal commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said today on the anniversary of the National Apology to survivors and victims. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Unemployed people are languishing on the Newstart welfare payment for an average of nearly a year longer than they did in 2014, an analysis has revealed. Source: The Guardian.

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A woman in Bhaktaur, Nepal, picks amaranth flowers for use in garlands and prayer offerings for the Diwali festival (CNS/Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters)

Christians and Hindus must show the world that peace is possible, a Vatican official said in a message for the Hindu feast of Diwali. Source: Crux.

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The wooden statue of a pregnant woman displayed in the Church of St Mary in Traspontina on October 18 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Two men entered a church near the Vatican yesterday and stole copies of a statue of a pregnant woman that had been a centrepiece of several prayer services connected to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. Source: CNS.

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A woman calls for the legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland at a pro-abortion rally in Dublin last month (CNS/Niall Carson, Reuters)

A last-minute attempt to halt the introduction of a liberal abortion regime and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland ended in failure yesterday. Source: The Tablet.

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A detail of Ecco Homo (Behold the Man) by Antonio Ciseri, oil on canvas, circa 1860-80 (Wikimedia)

A 2,000-year-old “lost” street built in Jerusalem by Pontius Pilate has been uncovered for the first time since the city was sacked by the Romans in 70 AD. Source: The Independent UK.

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Michael Pezzullo (ABC News/Matt Roberts)

Twice as many asylum-seekers are in Australia for medical treatment than remain in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, it was revealed during a Senate estimates hearing yesterday. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Zac Kimber and his mjother Tanya Kimber with Archbishop Mark Coleridge at the Centacare celebration (The Catholic Leader/Joe Higgins)

Centacare Brisbane marked the transition of more than 1000 clients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme at a celebration with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Denis Connor with diocesan archvists in Canberra last week (Catholic Voice)

An assembly of archivists? A herd of historians? Whatever their collective title might be, the Catholic diocesan archivists of Australia gathered in Canberra last week for their 17th annual meeting. Source: Catholic Voice.

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St Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, was one of the places of worship attacked on Easter Sunday (CNS/Reuters)

A former Sri Lankan defence chief who is a front-runner in next month’s presidential election says if he wins he’ll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission. Source: Crux.

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Cardinal Claudio Hummes says Mass in the Catacombs of Domitilla yesterday (Crux/Ines San Martin)

Some 40 bishops participating in the Amazon Synod gathered in the Catacombs of St Domitilla in Rome yesterday to renew a Vatican II pact signed by 42 prelates in 1965 calling for a poor Church. Source: Crux.

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Danny Casey (Catholic Super)

Catholic Super and Equipsuper will formally launch their $26 billion joint venture today and have begun discussions with other funds that could expand the assets under management. Source: The Australian.

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Pope Francis (right) celebrates Mass for World Mission Day yesterday (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this love with the world, Pope Francis said at Mass yesterday for World Mission Day. Source: CNA.

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Fr Justin Glyn SJ (Eureka Street)

What does it mean to be a priest with a disability? I don’t really know, since I don’t know what it is to be a priest without one, writes Fr Justin Glyn SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Bishop Pat O’Regan, left, Lana Turvey-Collins, Sophy Morley and Sharon Brewer at the Sale Diocesan Assembly (Sale Diocese)

More than 300 people attended the opening of the recent Sale Diocesan Assembly, the first such gathering in the Victorian diocese for 17 years.

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Most young refugees in the study lost education and work opportunities because of lack of secure housing (Bigstock)

An Australian Catholic University study of young refugees has found many go through a period of homelessness because of the lack of appropriate resettlement services. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Syrian children play in puddles in Ashrafieh, East-West Aleppo (Caritas Switzerland/Alexandra Wey)

The Caritas international network is assessing needs in Syria following continuing reports of intense shelling and airstrikes in the region by Turkish military. Source: Caritas Australia.

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Fr Martin Newell speaks from the roof of a train at Shadwell Station in London (Extinction Rebellion/Vladimir Morozov)

Christian clergy were among the protestors who disrupted London Underground services last week to push for action on climate change. Source: The Tablet.

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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