The Commissioner for Children and Young People said the number of allegations showed offences against children did not stop with the child abuse royal commission (Bigstock)

Almost 200 allegations against Victorian teachers, including claims of physical and sexual misconduct, have been referred to the state education regulator over a 12-month period. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate the 2019 Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter’s Basilica (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis will celebrate the Vatican’s traditional Christmas “Mass during the Night” on December 24 at 7.30pm, so that the few people invited to attend can get home in time to observe Italy’s 10pm. curfew. Source: CNS.

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Daniel Andrews (Bigstock)

Victoria is one step closer to banning gay conversion therapy after a majority of lower house MPs voted in support of the legislation. Source: The Courier.

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A Vinnies WA volunteer packs Christmas hampers for the needy (ABC News/Jessica Warriner)

The festive season is always a busy one for charities, but after a year spent grappling with a pandemic, they are seeing new faces this Christmas. Source: ABC News.

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Artwork encouraging the faithful to celebrate the Coronation of Our Lady of Feast at home (CNS illustration/TJ Birnbaum)

Pope Francis is offering Catholics worldwide the chance to obtain a plenary indulgence for marking the 125th anniversary of the Coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe tomorrow while remaining at home. Source: Vatican News.

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Professor Belinda Tynan (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has appointed Belinda Tynan to be its new provost from February 2021, based at the university’s Melbourne campus.

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Anne Hathaway in Roald Dahl’s The Witches (CNS/Warner Bros Entertainment)

Roald Dahl’s The Witches is a spirited second adaptation of the famed children’s author’s 1983 novel, which was first brought to the big screen in 1990. Source: CNS.

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Mass For You at Home will undergo some changes in 2021, including seeing Masses filmed in churches (Bigstock)

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has confirmed that Mass for You at Home will continue in 2021, correcting false media reports and social media commentary.

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Bishop Elect Michael Odiwa (The Southern Cross)

When anyone congratulates Adelaide priest Fr Michael Odiwa on his appointment as bishop of the Kenyan diocese of Homa Bay, he “tears up”. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Baden Ellis in the commercial kitchen at St Pius X High School (MNnews.Today)

Big things are on the horizon for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning’s food programs, which have recently teamed up with a Newcastle Catholic secondary school to use their commercial kitchen to cook meals for those in need. Source: MNnews.Today.

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The cards quarantine up to 80 per cent of a person’s welfare payments so money can’t be spent on alcohol or gambling (Bigstock)

Trials of the Morrison Government’s cashless welfare card will be extended for another two years after it failed to convince the Senate to roll the scheme out permanently in designated communities. Source: SBS News.

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Screenshot of speakers during the Vatican climate webinar (Vatican News)

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission hosted a webinar yesterday, gathering scientific and faith perspectives to discuss the global climate crisis and to chart paths towards a cleaner, healthier planet. Source: Vatican News.

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Senator Katy Gallagher announces six recommendations from the initial Senate Inquiry into COVID 19 (ABC News)

A Senate inquiry on COVID-19 has recommended permanently raising the rate of JobSeeker and establishing a national centre for disease control. Source: ABC News.

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Dr Nariman Al Mulla,  Lila McInerney and a student at the Mercy College meeting (Mercy eNews)

Interfaith dialogue was on the agenda when the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates visited a Melbourne Catholic girls’ secondary school last week. Source: Mercy eNews.

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Professor Greg Craven says ACU takes academic freedom seriously (Bigstock)

A review of universities has found that Australian Catholic University is one of only nine in the country that are compliant with federal Government recommendations on free speech.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP wants Sydney Catholics to ‘Come Home to Mass!’ (Sydney Archdiocese/Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has issued a new pastoral letter urging the faithful to return to Mass now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased in New South Wales. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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The new RE program is based on the work of educator Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavalletti, who founded the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program (Facebook/Bishop Columba MacBeth-Green)

Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese has launched a new religious education program developed for its Catholic schools that enables children to have a hands-on approach to learning the faith.

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Pope Francis during the general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace yesterday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays”, Pope Francis said at the general audience yesterday. Source: CNA.

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