The Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana where the federal death penalty is carried out (CNS/Andy Clark, Reuters)

Two United States bishops’ committee chairs have called on President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr to stop upcoming federal executions and to end the practice altogether. Source: UCA News.

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Catholic Health Australia has commended the Productivity Commission’s mental health report, saying its recommendations could provide far greater support for vulnerable people.

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Fr Maurizio Pettenà gives evidence to the Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration (ACBC)

An obsession with profits that ignores the rights of workers must be scrutinised and eliminated to protect vulnerable people, a Catholic expert in migration has told a Senate committee. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Bishop Nunzio Galantino and Pope Francis (CNS/Paul Haring)

A Vatican bishop said this week that a committee of outside professionals is being created to help keep Holy See investments both ethical and profitable. Source: CNA.

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Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha Raw in Misbehaviour (IMDB)

Misbehaviour is a comedy-drama inspired by the true story of a group of women who disrupted the Miss World beauty competition in London in 1970. Source: Jesuit Media.

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Pope Francis delivers his video message to the Latin American seminar yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Government leaders and authorities must not exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to discredit political rivals but instead set aside differences to find “viable solutions for our people”, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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Leopoldine Mimovich artwoks combine traditional iconography with native fauna and flora (Australia Post)

Religious artwork by the late Melbourne Catholic artist and sculptor Leopoldine "Poldi" Mimovich has been reproduced on two Christmas stamps. Source: The Good Oil.

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Bridget Sakr with her children Michael and the late Veronique (The Catholic Weekly/Supplied)

Bridget Sakr, whose 11-year-old daughter Veronique was killed by a drunk driver earlier this year, has launched a weekly prayer gathering for families experiencing grief. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Charles Smith (The Record/Jamie O’Brien)

West Australian politician Charles Smith has described a bill before the state’s Upper House as an attack on the freedom of Catholics to practise their faith. Source: The Record.

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President-Elect Joe Biden (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

Bishops in the United States have formed a working group to address issues surrounding the election of a Catholic president and policies that would conflict with Catholic teaching and the bishops’ priorities. Source: CNS.

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The coronavirus supplement for welfare recipients will be reduced to $150 a fortnight from January 1 (ABC News/Nic MacBean)

A further 330,000 people will fall below the poverty line when the Commonwealth reduces welfare support payments in less than two months, new analysis shows. Source: SBS News.

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Cardinal John Dew (CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal John Dew of Wellington has asked for an independent investigator to determine whether the late bishop of Dunedin took proper action when he received complaints of sexual abuse. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Steven Marshall (Facebook/Steven Marshall MP)

Churches and schools in South Australia will be closed for the next six days as the state implements a “circuit-breaker” lockdown to minimise spread of COVID-19. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.

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A fire at St Sulpice Church in Paris in 2019 is believed to have been deliberately lit (CNS/Instagram, agneswebste via Reuters)

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has documented more than 500 hate crimes against Christians on the continent in 2019. Source: CNA.

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Order of Malta volunteers in Melbourne (left) and Brisbane on World Day of the Poor (Order of Malta Australia)

The Order of Malta Australia marked the World Day of the Poor on Sunday by doing what it does every day – service to others.

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Headlines about the outcome of Cardinal George Pell’s first trial did not name him (ABC News)

A judge has reserved his decision on whether Australian media companies and journalists have a case to answer over the way Cardinal George Pell’s conviction was reported. Source: News.com.au.

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Danielle Binny reads her book on the Mass to two of her children (The Catholic Weekly)

Teaching children to live the faith is one of the most important things families can do, and it’s something Sydney mother-of-three Danielle Binny takes very seriously. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Australian medical research group Black Dog Institute estimates half all mental health problems emerge during adolescence – a figure described by Catholic school leaders as alarming but unsurprising. Source: MNnews.Today.

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