A firefighter carries a baby rescued along with her mother from an area affected by mudslides in San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala (CNS/Luis Echeverria, Reuters)

Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Eta, which deluged Central America, claimed at least 50 lives and caused widespread flooding and property damage. Source: CNS.

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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019 (CNS/Daniel Pockett, AAP images via Reuters)

Australian media organisations and journalists went on trial yesterday on charges they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s sexual abuse convictions in 2018 that have since been overturned. Source: Crux.

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After decades of underinvestment, Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing in Australia, with the number of households on the waiting list blowing out to more than 45,000 in June this year. Source: The Age.

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The Bishop family with baby Lilah Sophie in 2009 (The Southern Cross)

As the South Australian Parliament debates a bill that would enable abortions up until full term provided two doctors consent, one mother has spoken of the pressure she received to abort her child. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Madeleine Ogilvie (ABC News/Brian Tegg)

A push for a public inquiry into Tasmania’s euthanasia bill is gaining momentum, with balance of power independent Madeleine Ogilvie saying she will back the move. Source: The Australian.

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Catholic Mission is partnering with Lideta Catholic Cathedral School in Ethiopia this Christmas (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission has launched its annual Christmas Appeal, focusing on the work of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia and supporting the education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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The new model aims to train teachers in authentic Catholic teaching while giving them on-site practical experience (Campion College)

Campion College has forged a partnership with Catholic Education Tasmania to deliver a new program to train teachers in Catholic teaching while giving them on-site practical experience.

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Blessed Joan Roig Diggle (CNA)

A 19-year-old Spanish martyr who gave his life while protecting the Eucharist was beatified on Saturday at a Mass in the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona. Source: CNA.

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Fr Stan Swamy SJ (CNS screenshot/YouTube)

A special court in India has further extended the judicial custody of an elderly Jesuit priest facing sedition charges. Source: UCA News.

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A cuddle bed for end-of-life care at St John of God hospital in Western Australia (Supplied)

Perth’s St John of God Murdoch is the first West Australian hospital to offer large “cuddle beds” to support patients with a compassionate approach to end-of-life care. Source: The eRecord.

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A Xavier Jesuit School student (Jesuit Mission)

The COVID-19 pandemic is no obstacle for determined Xavier Jesuit School students in Cambodia, who eagerly ride great distances to their campus after six months of school closure. Source: Jesuit Mission.

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Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris Triomphe in Paris (Wikipedia/Aarya0141)

The French bishops’ appeal to continue public Masses during France’s national lockdown has been rejected. Source: CNA.

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Joe Biden (CNS/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Joe Biden has made history by becoming just the second Catholic to be elected president of the United States. Source: Crux.

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Catholic publications were among the winners at this year

The Archdioceses of Adelaide and Perth and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle were among Catholic winners of major prizes in the 2020 Australasian Religious Press Association awards. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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The Hutt St Centre has operated from the site for 60 years (Hutt St Centre)

A legal review by the Adelaide City Council has found the Hutt St Centre homeless service is operating within its land use agreements. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Bishop Anthony Randazzo (Broken Bay Diocese)

Celebrating the first anniversary of his installation as Bishop of Broken Bay, Bishop Anthony Randazzo has made announcements reflecting his vision for the diocese. Source: Broken Bay News.

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A bell is lifted into place in the St Patrick

Work has begun to hang eight new church bells in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, with the first bell lifted into position in the cathedral bell tower on Friday. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz (CNS/Ernst Herb, KNA)

A retired Polish cardinal has been banned from all public appearances and ordered to compensate his alleged victims after being investigated for sexual abuse. Source: CNS.

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