Shaunah Downton (The Catholic Leader)

A graduating Indigenous year 12 student has been awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with a Queensland hospital. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The construction of an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank (CNS/Ammar Awad, Reuters)

The Vatican reiterated its call for a two-state solution in the Holy Land after the US announced it would no longer recognise the illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Source: Crux.

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Pope Francis embraces a girl in traditional dress after arriving in Bangkok yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Arriving in Thailand after an 11-hour flight yesterday, Pope Francis was greeted by 11 children — one for each of the country’s dioceses. Source: CNS.

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Christian Porter at the National Press Club yesterday (ABC News)

The Morrison Government will give religious hospitals and aged care providers the same protections as faith-based schools and organisations to hire staff according to their beliefs in its religious discrimination bill. Source: The Australian.

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris (CNS)

The retired general supervising the reconstruction of fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral has been reprimanded for telling his chief architect to “shut up” about how to rebuild the monument’s spire. Source: The Tablet.

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The upCyclinc crew with denim cushions they have made for the pop-up shop (Facebook/upCyclinc)

Centacare Far North Queensland has opened a pop-up shop that sells handmade Christmas goods crafted by members of the Cairns refugee and migrant community. Source: Cairns Post.

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The Homeless Jesus statue at Newman College, Melbourne (Australian Jesuits)

A newly installed sculpture at a Jesuit-run residential college at the University of Melbourne will be a permanent reminder to students and visitors of the plight of the city’s homeless people. Source: Australian Jesuits.

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Toby oConnor (St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia)

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Morrison Government to pay back, in full, money erroneously paid to the flawed robodebt scheme.

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The confernece will provide liturgical education, training and experiences of different forms of liturgical prayer (NBLM website)

The organisers of next year’s National Biennial Liturgy Conference say the gathering will examine how the Church’s evolving liturgical practices can help make Christ present in the world. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Annie Flemming at Parliament House (Catholic Voice)

A year 1 student from a Canberra-Goulburn Catholic school has delivered a speech to politicians about the need for early intervention for children with hearing loss. Source: Catholic Voice.

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A statue of Mary atop the cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua (CNS/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)

A pro-government mob entered the cathedral in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua on Monday, damaging property, attacking hunger strikers inside the building and jostling a priest and nun. Source: Crux.

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Preparing a meal outside a makeshift shelter in Gumuruk, South Sudan, earlier his month (CNS/Samir Bol, Reuters)

A negligent and selfish culture of food waste is fuelling the global hunger crisis, damaging the lives of individuals and preventing the progress of all people, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen (CNS)

Venerable Fulton Sheen, the American television catechist, will be beatified on December 21 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Preoria, Illinois. Source: CNA.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNS/Erik Anderson, Reuters)

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell have until January 8 to file their written submissions in what will be his final shot at overturning his child sexual abuse convictions in a High Court appeal. Source: Herald Sun.

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Roger Cook (Wikimedia/Gnangarra)

The West Australian Government has revealed a handful of amendments to its draft euthanasia legislation, in the hope the upper house will sign off on the controversial laws by the end of the year. Source: WA Today.

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Christian Porter (ABC News)

Faith-based organisations have warned their charitable status could be stripped under a “public benefit” test over traditional marriage and gender beliefs. Source: The Australian.

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Pope Francis has also addressed the blight of violence against women (Bigstock)

The Council for Australian Catholic Women says the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 aims to bring about cultural change to address injustice, inequality, sexism and exploitation of women.

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The overhaul comes just months after Labor lent its support to a class action challenging the legality of the program (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government will overhaul its robodebt program, vowing to abandon a key part of the program’s automation that saw tens of thousands of welfare recipients overcharged for alleged debts. Source: The Guardian.

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