The Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank (NCR/Joshua McElwee)

A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer have been found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales. Source: NCR Online.

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Tara Cheyne (left) and Elizabeth Lee (ACT Parliament website)

The Canberra Liberals are under renewed pressure to publicly lobby their federal counterparts to give the ACT and Northern Territory the power to legalise euthanasia. Source: Canberra Times.

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The Field of Flags on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol ahead of inauguration ceremonies for President Joe Biden in Washington (CNS/Allison Shelley, Reuters)

As Joe Biden assumed the United States presidency, two of the country’s leading bishops clashed on how to respond to the new administration of the first Catholic president since John F. Kennedy. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said he was glad the survivor was able to share his story of abuse (Unsplash)

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the case of the former altar boy who was abused by a priest in Perth in the 1970s highlighted the horror of sexual abuse and the dreadful effects it had on victims. Source: Perth Now.

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The destroyed Church building in central Madrid (Vatican News)

Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolence for the victims of an explosion in the Spanish capital of Madrid, which killed four people including a local priest. Source: Vatican News.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson (The Southern Cross)

The Funeral Mass of Archbishop Philip Wilson will be celebrated in Adelaide’s St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at 11am on Wednesday, February 3. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.

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Recent increases take Australia’s foreign aid spending back to the same level as 2015-16 (CARE Australia)

The Morrison Government has substantially lifted foreign aid spending in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, reversing some of the funding cuts made to poorer nations during the past decade. Source: The Age.

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Liam Neeson in The Marksman (IMDB)

Sound basic values and obvious good intentions underlie The Marksman, but there’s a sketchy feel to director and co-writer Robert Lorenz’s action drama and it ultimately fails to make much of an impression. Source: CNS.

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Bishop Terry Brady (ACBC)

The Bishop Delegate for Social Justice has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging Australia to join the countries who have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons that comes into force today. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Joe Biden during his inauguration in Washington this morning (CNS/Patrick Semansky, pool via Reuters)

The United States’ second Catholic president, Joe Biden, was sworn into office this morning, saying he was committed with his “whole soul” to bring the nation together. Source: CNS.

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Cardinal Konrad Krajewski (standing) assists as homeless people receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI hall at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

The Vatican health service has begun providing COVID-19 vaccines to homeless people who live in Vatican-owned shelters. Source: NCR Online.

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The Church will make a $2.45 million payout to a clergy sexual abuse survivor in Western Australia, in what is believed to be a record payout. Source: WA Today.

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Notre Dame University

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The Royal Commisison into Aged Care will hand down its final report in February (Bigstock)

Aged care-related complaints have risen in the past four years, with 34 per cent of older Australians reporting that their needs are not being fully met. Source: The Australian.

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Detainees leave the hotel in a maxicab, cheered on by supporters (Twitter/PCarisbrooke, SBS News)

Refugee advocates expect nearly all detainees being held in a Melbourne hotel to be released into the community by the end of today, after more than 20 were granted bridging visas yesterday. Source: The Guardian.

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George Manassa at the launch of his book, The Art of Practical Catholicism, in Sydney (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

In the construction industry, George Manassa is used to having all he needs to help complete a job. Now he’s created a toolbox for the ultimate earthly project – getting to heaven. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Rescue workers in Sulawesi following the second earthquake (CNS/Sigid Kurniawan, Antara Foto via Reuters)

Caritas Australia's partners in Indonesia are responding to the immediate needs of more than 15,000 people displaced by twin earthquakes that have rocked the island of Sulawesi.

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Pope Francis delivers his general audience address yesterday (Vatican News)

Pope Francis yesterday urged Christians to pray for “the gift of unity”, saying that the devil always seeks to sow division and discord. Source: CNA.

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Cathy Jones and Sr Gerri Boylan SGS (The Good Oil)

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched a pilot project in Mount Magnet in Western Australia to help women working in pastoral leadership in remote communities. Source: The Good Oil.

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