A Mass celebrated by Fr Lam Vu is livestreamed from Our Lady of the Rosary church in Caloundra, Queensland, in June  (The Catholic Leader/Fr Josh Whitehead)

Australian Catholics who normally attended Sunday Mass before COVID-19 restrictions are being invited to take part in a research project exploring the psychological impact of church closures. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Asia Bibi (CNS/Thomas Oswald, Aid to the Church in Need)

Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman who was acquitted of blasphemy in 2018 after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, has dissociated herself from her autobiography due out later this month. Source: UCA News.

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Tenison Woods Catholic School students with Fr Philip Marshall (left) and Catholic Education SA assistant director Bruno Viecelie at the fee reduction annoucement last week (The Southern Cross)

The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools will reduce school fees at every Catholic parish primary school in the state in 2021. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address from the window of the Apostolic Palace (CNA/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis said yesterday that gossiping, a “plague worse than COVID”, is seeking to divide the Church. Source: Crux.

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Chiara Porro presents her credentials to Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace on August 27 (Vatican Media/EWTN)

In her first meeting with Pope Francis, Australia’s new ambassador to the Holy See discussed the importance of engaging with people of all ages during a time of “crisis in confidence” in the Church. Source: CNA.

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Archbishop Julian Porteous says the state’s proposed euthanasia laws would have major implications for Catholic health and aged care (Euthanasia)

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the euthanasia bill to be debated soon in the Tasmanian Legislative Council. Source: The Examiner.

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Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta with Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Mary’s Cathedral on September 3 (Order of Malta)

Knights and dames of the Order of Malta marked the 900th anniversary of the death of the Order’s founder, Blessed Fra’ Gerard, with a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

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The tomb of St Francis in Assisi, Italy, where Pope Francis will sign his latest encyclical on October 3 (CNS/Octavio Duran)

Pope Francis will travel to Assisi next month to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God. Source: CNS.

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Mark Latham (Facebook Mark Latham’s Outsiders)

Catholic Schools NSW and the Sydney Anglican Diocese are among groups that have declared support for a One Nation bill to amend religious discrimination laws in New South Wales. Source: The Sun-Herald.

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Lukas Orda (Facebook/Lukas Orda)

Mt Isa parish priest Fr Michael Lowcock said a young Queensland veterinarian missing after a livestock ship capsized in rough seas off the coast of Japan was an “outgoing and gifted” member of the community. Source: ABC News.

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Students protest against the presidential election results in Minsk on Tuesday (CNS/Tut.By via Reuters)

An archbishop says he has obtained legal advice about being barred from re-entering Belarus and is counting on Vatican help in correcting the illegal action against him. Source: CNS.

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin has highlighted the need for dialogue between science and faith  (Bigstock)

The scientific community must not isolate itself in its own advancements and exclude religion from the search for ways to overcome today’s challenges, the Vatican secretary of state said this week. Source: Crux.

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The title of the Social Justice Statement emphasises the gift of each human being and the blessing that is mental health (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic bishops’ Social Justice Statement on mental health offers a timely counterbalance to a public conversation on the pandemic marked by fragmentation, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand has joined the chorus of calls for urgent government action to improve the country’s welfare safety net.

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St Peter

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has provided the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government.

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Rosie the Groodle at St John of God Bendigo Hospital (Kate Monotti Photography)

St John of God Bendigo Hospital has welcomed Rosie the Groodle into the team to support her fellow caregivers in the hospital environment.

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(From left) Jorge Lamelas, Alejandra Howard and Stephanie Gil in Fatima (IMDB)

Who would have anticipated a version of the 1917 Marian apparitions at Fatima on the big screen in 2020? Filmed in Portugal with an international cast, Fatima is a reverential portrayal of this true Catholic story. Source: ACOFB.

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(HOPE Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide)

A lobby group is using Facebook ads in a bid to sway public opinion in Tasmania against the state’s euthanasia bill.Source: The Advocate.

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