Sr Nathalie Becquart (CNS)

While synods may be Pope Francis’ major tool for the reform of the Church, according to Sr Nathalie Becquart, he is also using them to gradually build consensus and preserve its unity. Source: Crux.

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Funeral procession for a a demonstrator killed during an anti government-protest in Najaf on Monday (CNS/Alaa al Marjani, Reuters)

Pope Francis has appealed to all citizens of Iraq to pursue the “path of dialogue and reconciliation” after nearly a week of renewed anti-government protests that have left hundreds of people dead. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Holy Spirit guides the Catholic Church’s mission, pointing the way to evangelise new lands and opening people’s hearts to be transformed by Christ, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Decriminalising brothels could further the market for trafficking, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ warned (Bigstock)

South Australian Catholics have been warned that a proposed bill to decriminalise prostitution would increase the opportunity for further exploitation and trafficking of women. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Vietnamese Catholics in a Hanoi church pray for 39 people found dead in a container truck in England (ucanews/nhathothaiha.net)

Bishops of a Vietnamese diocese that was home to many migrants found dead in a refrigerated truck in England have called on people to express their solidarity with the victims and their relatives. Source: ucanews.org.

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The number of older women experiencing homelessness in Victoria has risen by 48 per cent since 2013 (Pixabay)

There has been a 37 per cent increase in the number of older people using homelessness services since 2013, according to new research that has prompted calls for a boost to social housing investment. Source: Pro Bono News.

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The motion would see the Lord’s Prayer replaced with a meditation-style ritual (Bigstock)

The Greens in New South Wales want to axe an almost 200-year-old tradition of saying the Lord’s Prayer in the state's upper house. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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Sevenhill, South Australia (Australian Jesuits)

The Australian Jesuits yesterday announced a new operating model and governance structure for its spirituality ministry from 2020, in response to a changing world and an evolving, more spiritually discerning community.

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School Chaplaincy ACT has launched a campaign to save the chaplaincy program (Instagram/Saveourchaplain)

Canberra’s public schools will be “automatically worse off” once the ACT Government bans the national school chaplaincy program next year, a school chaplain has warned. Source The Australian.

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Ken Wyatt (Facebook/Ken Wyatt MP)

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says the Morrison Government must “listen to communities” as he takes the first step towards establishing an Indigenous “Voice to Parliament”. Source: The Age.

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The next hearing for the family of four is set for December 16 (Supplied)

The Morrison Government has failed to grant a request from the United Nations' Human Rights Committee to release a Tamil family from immigration detention on Christmas Island. Source: SBS News.

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Ming Chi Chen (Crux/Elise Harris)

A year after the Vatican made its agreement with China on the appointment of bishops, top Taiwanese officials have expressed doubt that the deal is making a difference for Catholics. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Christians can become stagnant if they do not have the crashing waves of hope moving in their lives, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Delhi Archbishop Anil Thomas Couto of Delhi (left) and Kolkata Archbishop Thomas D’Souza attend the national convention on Saturday (ucanews/supplied)

Christian communities have a progressive role to play in India’s socially diverse society by witnessing to their faith, Catholic leaders told a national gathering in Kolkata. Source: ucanews.org.

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The group argues there is no evidence to suggest lack of access to euthanasia drove cancer patients to suicide (Health Professionals Say No)

A nationwide network of health professionals has written to West Australian upper house members to warn that coronial data on suicides has been misused to help buttress support for euthanasia laws. Source: The Australian.

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Members of the Frassati Fraternity (The Catholic Leader)

Since 2011, the Frassati Fraternity in Australia has built a community of faithful Catholic men, under the patronage of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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World Day of the Poor will be observed on Sunday, November 17 (ACBC)

In the leadup to next month’s World Day of the Poor, the Church in Australia is recognising volunteers who work to bring hope to those in need. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Mandy Hayward (The eRecord/Supplied)

Perth secondary school teacher Mandy Hayward plans to combine her passion for teaching and her strong Catholic faith during her upcoming mission trip to Cambodia. Source: The eRecord.

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