A scene from the official World Youth Day 2023 theme song video (Vatican News)

The official theme song of World Youth Day 2023 was released yesterday, exactly two years since Pope Francis announced Lisbon, Portugal, would be the host city. Source: Vatican News.

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UK’s bishops say providing food and water to very sick patients, even by assisted means, is a basic level of care (Bigstock)

Catholic leaders in the United Kingdom have reiterated their opposition to the definition of assisted nutrition and hydration as medical treatment. Source: Crux.

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The Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre when it was in operation in 2008 (Wikimedia/DIAC)

The Australian Government has been ordered to pay compensation to asylum-seekers whose details were exposed in a massive data breach seven years ago. Source: SBS News.

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Pope Francis during his 2016 visit to Auschwitz (Vatican Media)

Remembering the Holocaust and its victims is not only an act of solidarity but also serves as a warning to humanity that such horrors could happen again, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney will now be able to accommodate up to 500 people (Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

The New South Wales Government will ease some restrictions on places of worship and religious gatherings from tomorrow in the wake of no COVID-19 community cases over the past 10 days. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Brazil has the third highest prison population in the world, after the United States and China

The Catholic bishops of Brazil have documented worsening conditions and alleged torture in the country’s prisons during the pandemic. Source: CNA.

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Christian Nobleza speaks to young people (Catholic Voice)

A faith initiative is being piloted in a number of parishes across the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese to help young people explore life and faith in a fun and inspiring way. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Amazon Australia has provided one thousand $100 gift cards to the Society to distribute to families in need (Bigstock)

The St Vincent de Paul Society is providing more than 1000 students with back-to-school necessities thanks to a generous commitment from Amazon Australia.

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A new protocol to be introduced next week provides a framework for Catholic entities across Australia to respond consistently to people raising concerns or allegations of child sexual abuse. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Current Palms Australia missionary Liz O’Sullivan with a year 3 English class at Klothor School, Thailand (Palms Australia)

For 60 years Palms Australia has been recruiting, preparing and sending Catholics to fill overseas professional placements in response to requests from international community partners.

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Sr Celine Marie listens to the homily during the Mass for her religious profession (Hobart Catholic/Jess Leach)

The journey from desiring family life to consecrated life has been a long one for Sr Celine Marie Doodeman. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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A scientist filters out samples during the research and development of a COVID-19 vaccine, June 2020 (CNS/Anton Vaganov, Reuters)

The Pontifical Academy for Life has called for international cooperation in setting up COVID-19 vaccine production sites around the world. Source: NCR Online.

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Fr Stan Swamy (CNS screenshot/YouTube)

Indian Jesuit Father Stan Swamy marked 100 days in prison with a letter highlighting the cases of people languishing in jail who begin their trials without knowing their criminal charges. Source: UCA News.

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Mette Frederiksen (Wikipedia/News Oresund)

Churches in Denmark have condemned government-backed legislation requiring all sermons and homilies to be translated and published in Danish. Source: The Tablet.

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Exodus 90 is a spiritual exercise for men (Exodus 90 website)

Social media, alcohol and television are a few of the things that men across the world are sacrificing for Exodus 90, part of a Catholic spiritual exercise that extends Lent by 50 days. Source: Catholic Voice.

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart (UluruStatement.org)

The Sisters of Saint Joseph are advocating for a National Voice for First Nations people to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution, as proposed in the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann (Miriam Rose Foundation)

A Catholic Aboriginal artist, activist, writer and educator has been named the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year in the annual Australian Day honours. Source: Canberra Times.

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The summer school aims to help students transition into secondary school (Kolbe Catholic College website)

School’s already in for year 7 students at one Melbourne Catholic college, which is providing a "summer school" this week to help students get up to speed after extended remote learning in 2020. Source: Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.

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