Cardinal Vincent Nichols (CNS/Paul Haring)

A report into child sexual abuse in the Church in England and Wales released this week criticised the leadership of Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and the Vatican. Source: BBC News.

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Canberrans Fiona Smith (left) and Brenda Hay knit squares for the NATSICC palliative care blankets (The Southern Cross)

First Nations people in the end stages of their life are receiving a comforting reminder of their home country and traditions through a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council project. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Following the release of the Vatican’s report on Theodore McCarrick, Pope Francis has renewed the Church’s pledge to uproot the scourge of sexual abuse. Source: CNS.

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Young adults have experienced a sharp decline in mental health since the arrival of COVID-19, research from the Australian Catholic University has revealed.

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The Colosseum in Rome was lit in red in 2019 to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Hundreds of churches, monuments and buildings will be illuminated in red light this month in a global call for religious freedom. Source: ACN.

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Fra’ Marco Luzzago (Order of Malta Australia)

The Knights of Malta have elected Fra’ Marco Luzzago as their interim head, following a period of upheaval. Source: NCR Online.

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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in May 2018 (CNS/Daniel Pockett, via Reuters)

Victoria‘s anti-corruption body will not investigate claims Vatican funds were transferred to Australia to influence the trial against Cardinal George Pell. Source: The Australian.

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Australia has bought 10 million doses of the Pfizer COVI9-19 vaccine (CNA/Dado Ruvic, Reuters)

Health experts and faith leaders welcomed news that a COVID-19 vaccine secured by the Australian Government is free from any connection to a selective abortion. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Br Phillip Elwin (centre) with one of his Heart Foundation walking groups (De La Salle Brothers)

De La Salle Brother Phillip Elwin believes his mature years have brought him plenty of opportunities to live life to the full. Source: De La Salle Brothers.

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Theodore McCarrick (CNS/Bob Roller)

The Vatican has released its report into how former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure, despite years of rumours of sexual impropriety. Source: CNS.

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More than 61,000 Australians were killed in World War I and 155,000 were wounded (Bigstock)

It is the many small memorials that scatter the Australian countryside that provide some insight into the effect of World War I on the social fabric of the nation, writes Lt Col Gavin Keating. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Volunteers in Mosul, Iraq, clean the Syriac Catholic Church of St Thomas on October 28 to prepare for worshippers to return. The church was destroyed by ISIS (CNS/Abdullah Rashid, Reuters)

Christians top the list for countries where they face either governmental or social hostility, according to a new report issued by the Pew Research Centre. Source: Crux.

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Catholic Social Services Australia argues the compulsory nature of the legislation is discriminatory (ABC Wide Bay/Nicole Hegarty)

Catholic Social Services Australia has told a Senate committee that plans to continue and extend the cashless debit card system are “stigmatising” and would disproportionately affect Indigenous Australians.

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Scott Morrison announcing the coronavirus supplement extension at Parliament House yesterday (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Unemployed Australians will have the temporary coronavirus supplement extended into next year at a reduced rate, the Morrison Government confirmed yesterday. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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The bill will now proceed to the lower house (Sourced)

Proposed voluntary euthanasia laws passed through the upper house of Tasmania’s Parliament yesterday after a lengthy and emotional debate. Source: ABC News.

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Bishop-elect Greg Bennet (Sale Diocese)

Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet will be ordained the 10th Bishop of Sale on December 8 at the city's St Mary’s Cathedral, the diocese announced yesterday.

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Bethany Marsh and Sophia Shogren (The Catholic Weekly/Supplied)

A prayer campaign against a public “black mass” in Queensland went international, with dozens of extra Masses, Eucharistic Adoration, prayer vigils and a novena to St Michael the Archangel gaining massive support. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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The Sisters of St Elizabeth nuns (Twitter/ArchPoznan)

Religious sisters in Poland have accused the country’s mass-circulation newspaper of discrimination after it alleged that they were mainly relegated to “cooking, cleaning and collecting post” for priests. Source: The Tablet.

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