Michael Gunner (ABC News/Bridget Judd)

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has launched a bold bid to force the Morrison Government to overturn Commonwealth laws blocking the Northern Territory from having the freedom to vote on euthanasia legislation. Source: News.com.au.

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As of September, almost 100,000 senior Australians were waiting for access to their approved home care packages (Bigstock)

Thousands of older Australians waited more than two years to access already approved high-level home care packages. Source: The Age.

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A 2016 demonstration in Washington DC against nuclear weapons (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

A Holy See-supported treaty banning the possession of nuclear weapons is buoying efforts by nations and non-profit and Church organisations working to abolish such armaments. Source: CNS.

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Sts Peter and Paul

A decades-long project to restore Goulburn’s Saints Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral is embarking on its next phase. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Greek Orthodox Bishop Silouan Fotineas and retired Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly at last year’s Walk for Life rally in Adelaide (The Southern Cross)

Thousands of South Australians are expected to demonstrate their opposition to abortion legislation currently before state Parliament at the Walk for Life 2021 rally on February 6. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Baby shoes hang on a wall at a cemetery in Tuam, Ireland, where the bodies of nearly 800 infants were uncovered at the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers and their children (CNS/Clodagh Kilcoyne, Reuters)

The Primate of All Ireland says the Church shouldn’t be scapegoated for the dire conditions in the country’s mother-and-baby homes in the 20th century. Source: Crux.

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Investigators can identify legitimate expenses for about $7m of the $9.5m transferred to Australia from the Vatican in the past six years (CNA/Bohumil Petrik)

Prosecutors examining money-laundering allegations at the Vatican have found a gap of more than $2 million in legitimate financial transfers to Australia from the Holy See between 2014 and 2020. Source: The Australian.

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Anglicare warns WA renters face tough times if rental price predictions of up to 20 per cent were correct (Bigstock)

Thousands of West Australians could be pushed to the brink of homelessness within three months when a moratorium prohibiting rent increases expires, one of the state’s leading homelessness support groups warns. Source: ABC News.

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Families in financial distress have been urged to consider government-backed no-interest loans to pay for back-to-school expenses, instead of credit cards or turning to payday lenders. Source: Good Shepherd.

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Marist Brothers say farewell to Red Bend College, flanked by principal Stephen Dwyer and Marist Schools national director Frank Molloy (The Catholic Weekly)

Students and staff of Red Bend Catholic College in Forbes have farewelled the Marist Brothers after 94 years of faithful service. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Funeral workers remove the body of a 75-year-old Covid victim in Manaus, Brazil, who died from a lack of oxygen (CNS/Bruno Kelly, Reuters)

Catholic bishops in Brazil have made a plea for the supply of oxygen after reports of dozens of people suffocating to death due to a lack of oxygen in hospitals in the Amazon city of Manaus. Source: CNS.

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Martin Luther King Jr (Vatican News)

Pope Francis says Martin Luther King Jr’s dream “of harmony and equality for all people” is still relevant today. Source: CNA.

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The Australian Family Association says a two-year waiting period for divorce would give couples a chance to reconcile (Bigstock)

The Commonwealth Government is considering a proposal to force couples to wait two years for a divorce under a controversial plan to repair broken marriages. Source: Herald Sun.

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Smoke rises from the explosion site in Beirut on August 4, 2020 (CNS/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)

Of more than $1 million raised in Australia after a deadly explosion in Lebanon last year, more than half came from an appeal established by the Maronite Diocese. But more is needed, says Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge (ACBC)

Catholic bishops have missed opportunities to stand up for democracy in the past. We can’t let it happen again, writes Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Source: America Magazine.

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Pope Francis greets a family in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, September 2020 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As the fifth anniversary of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia approaches, Pope Francis announced the Church will dedicate more than a year to focusing on the family. Source: CNS.

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South African pilgrims joined in the virtual Way to St James on January 9 and 10 (Hobart Archdiocese)

Tasmania’s version of the El Camino de Santiago has gone virtual and attracted pilgrims from across the globe. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Arpad Kiss sought help from this Vinnies shop in Stuart Park, Darwin (ABC News/Dane Hirst)

A simple funeral was held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Darwin for an elderly man who died without kin, attended by about a dozen people who were both strangers and the last people he encountered. Source: ABC News.

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