The program supports women to study at recognised theological institutions (Bigstock)

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are inviting Catholic women to apply for the Study and Mentoring Leadership Program, which offers financial and personal support while undertaking theological studies. Source: The Good Oil.

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Masses in Tasmania will continue to be celebrated in line with Government directions on COVID-19 (Hobart Archdiocese)

The practice of the Catholic faith in Tasmania has largely returned to normal with the reinstatement of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in by Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday (CNS/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

Catholic bishops, academics and policy experts in the United States have hailed the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Source: CNA.

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Notre Dame University

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Islamic scholar Haqqani reciting the Quran immediately before the blast (Twitter)

Church leaders in Pakistan are offering condolences to the victims of an explosion that killed seven people at a religious school near the Afghan border yesterday. Source: UCA News.

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Scott Morrison during Question Time yesterday (Facebook/Scott Morrison MP)

Scott Morrison has given his strongest indication yet that JobSeeker payments for the unemployed will continue to be paid at an elevated rate beyond this year. Source: SBS News.

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Practice development nurse Gabriella Nesci in the Catholic Health Australia thank you video (CHA)

Catholic Health Australia is paying tribute to the 80,000 hospital and aged care workers across its network for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 crisis with a series of new films. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Fr Pat Lopresti is congratulated by fellow priests following his ordination at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide on Saturday (The Southern Cross/Ben Macmahon)

The ordination of Adelaide Archdiocese’s newest priest, Fr Pasquale (Pat) Lopresti, at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Saturday was an opportunity to celebrate the “great generosity of God”. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Francis Sullivan (Melbourne Catholic/Fiona Basile)

Francis Sullivan has been elected the new chair of Catholic Social Services Australia Ltd during the first meeting of the entity since its recent consolidation.

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Tom Powell (Red Dust Healing)

A research report on environmental changes in Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific countries has found local indigenous communities are experiencing severe impacts as a result of a changing climate. Source: Caritas Australia.

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Pope Francis with teachers and students, from the Marianum pontifical institute for the study of Mariology, at the Vatican on Saturday (CNS/Vatican Media)

The Church needs to rediscover its maternal heart and the world needs Mary’s motherly guidance so it can become a place where everyone is welcomed as brothers and sisters, Pope Francis said at the weekend. Source: CNS.

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Gamblers are losing $18 million a day to gaming machines in New South Wales (Bigstock)

Church leaders are pleading with MPs to back the New South Wales Government’s plans for a state-issued gambling card, warning that harm minimisation measures are grossly inadequate. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki (CNA/Andreas Dueren)

The president of Poland’s episcopal conference has urged critics of a landmark abortion ruling to express their opposition “in a socially acceptable way” after protesters disrupted Sunday Masses. Source: CNA.

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Cardinal Joseph Zen (CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Joseph Zen has urged Australian Catholics to pray for Catholics in China enduring a “terrible situation” as a controversial Vatican-China agreement is renewed for two years. Source: The Catholic Weekly

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Laudato Si’ is the inspiration behind the reflection afternoon for Catholic women (ACGWT)

An interactive reflection afternoon for Catholic women hosted by the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocesan Women’s Taskforce will explore “a spirituality for our times”.

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Staff and students from Holy Family Primary School Indooroopilly, Queensland, took part in World Mission Month activities (Catholic Mission)

There has been much “storytelling” in some dioceses during October thanks to a youth-led World Mission Month initiative from Catholic Mission.

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The Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit sees ACU partner with organisations to address areas of disadvantage and marginalisation in the community (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has selected the five community-initiated research projects it will fund from the 2020 round of applicants to its Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit.

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People aged 65 and above remain Australia’s least digitally-included age group (Bigstock)

Many older and low-income Australians are missing out on the benefits of being online, putting them at greater risk of social isolation amid COVID-19 restrictions, new research shows. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Tasmania’s Legislative Council could pass a euthanasia bill this week, with expectations it could be put to a vote in the House of Assembly by the end of the year. Source: The Mercury.

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