Southern Cross Care says that as a Catholic organisation, it affirms the sanctity of life (Supplied)

A Catholic aged care organisation has affirmed that it will not participate in euthanasia if legislation allowing it passes in Tasmania. Source: The Advocate.

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Cardinal Angelo Becciu (CNS/Junno Arocho Esteves)

Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denounced media reports accusing him of using Vatican funds for questionable purposes, including to influence the criminal trial of Cardinal George Pell. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB with Perth’s Plenary Council delegates (The Record/Ron Tan)

Twelve delegates have been commissioned to represent the Perth Archdiocese at the Plenary Council, which Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says could be a “San Damiano moment” to renew the Church in Australia. Source: The eRecord.

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A sharp rise in homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic will be made worse by the federal Budget’s failure to directly invest in social housing, advocacy groups warn. Source: The Age.

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A painting of St Gerard Majella (1726 – 1755) (Majellan Media)

The Redemptorists’ annual St Gerard Majella family feast day blessing and celebrations in Melbourne will be livestreamed for the first time on Sunday, October 18. Source: Majellan Media.

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Notre Dame University

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A Catholic priest distributes Communion at a church in Vallendar, Germany, in May (CNS/Harald Oppitz, KNA)

The German Catholic bishops’ conference and the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany plan to continue their discussions about shared Communion. Source: Crux.

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Bob Sharpless, Sr Angela Mary and Maha Sinnathamby (The Catholic Leader)

Mercy Sister Angela Mary Doyle has received a belated birthday gift worth $1 million, which will see her former convent turned into a sanctuary for mothers battling postnatal depression. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Scott Eastwood in The Outpost (IMDB)

With a commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat, The Outpost seems likely to become an instant classic of the war-film genre. Source: CNS.

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Practising religion can be an effective way to cope in difficult circumstances (Bigstock)

Spiritual wellbeing has been largely ignored in public discourse about Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown, writes Joanna Waloszek. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Australia’s humanitarian intake has been reduced from 18,750 places to 13,750 over the next four years (Pixabay)

The Morrison Government has slashed the maximum humanitarian intake by thousands on the basis it is too difficult to bring refugees into Australia in the same numbers as before the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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World Banks says by 2030, 7 per cent of the world’s population could be living on less than $1.90 a day (Bigstock)

An additional 150 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by the end of next year due to conflict, climate change and COVID-19, the World Bank estimates. Source: The Guardian.

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A researcher at a Russian laboratory works on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Anton Vaganov, Reuters)

Pope Francis says health care must be made more accessible to the poor in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Source: CNA,

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Notre Dame University

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Mother Hilda Scott OSB (Wollongong Diocese/Daniel Hopper)

“Have you ever had anyone listen to you? I don’t just mean hear you, I mean listen to you? I did once – and I have never forgotten it,” writes Mother Hilda Scott OSB. Source: The Bridge.

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Bangladesh is one vulnerable country that needs foreign support during the COVID-19 pandemic (Caritas Bangladesh/Caritas Australia)

Caritas Australia has applauded the Commonweath Budget announcement that Australia will increase economic support for COVID-19 response and recovery in the Pacific region.

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Anne and Dr Gerard Henderson with Professor Greg Craven (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has recognised Gerard and Anne Henderson with honorary doctorates for their influence on how Australian history and contemporary public policy issues are understood and debated.

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The Leadership for Mission course has been designed by women for women (Supplied)

Applications are now open for an Australian women’s leadership program that has been held up as an international exemplar for supporting the formation of Church leaders. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Archbishop Paul Gallagher (ACBC)

Despite criticism of a 2018 deal with China over the appointment of bishops, a senior Vatican diplomat is optimistic the accord will be renewed. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis said the Rosary has nourished the faith of Christians through the centuries (Bigstock)

Pope Francis has invited Catholics to rediscover the beauty of the Rosary prayer this month, encouraging people to carry a set of beads with them. Source: CNA.

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