The proportion of women over the age of 50 on unemployment has climbed fourfold since 2001 (Bigstock)

Deliberate policies from both sides of politics have resulted in huge numbers of older women and those with young children relying on unemployment benefits, a new report reveals. Source: The Age.

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Bishop Enrique “Kike” Figaredo Alvargonzalez (second from right) with visitors to the Arrupe Centre and Outreach Program (Catholic Mission)

Today marks the beginning of World Mission Month, a time when Catholics join together to support and celebrate global missionary work. Source: Catholic Mission.

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In an apostolic letter dedicated to Sacred Scripture, Pope Francis says that even today, Christians can learn new things from the countless translations of the Bible that exist. Source: CNS.

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The Catholic Health Australia offices were blessed and opened on Tuesday (CHA)

Catholic Health Australia marked a new chapter this week by moving to new offices in Canberra with an official blessing by Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse.

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The new Carmelite Spirit website

The Discalced Carmelites of the Australia-Oceania region are sharing the riches of their spiritual tradition with the launch of their new Carmelite Spirit website.

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Notre Dame University

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Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS (Flickr/Archdiocese of Krakow)

The Church's universality was on display on Tuesday when new Port Pirie Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS was ordained in Poland by Philippines prelate and Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Darwin’s Plenary Council delegates were commissioned during the diocese’s Chrism Mass on Tuesday (Peter Edward photo)

Darwin Diocese is the first local Church to commission its delegates for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, the first assembly of which will open in Adelaide in 12 months’ time. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Brendan Long (ACT Labor website)

An ACT Labor candidate has expressed his support for boosting funding for Catholic schools and the school chaplain program, contrary to the party’s official position. Source: Canberra Times.

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William Wade arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre court complex (ABC News/Jamie McKinnell)

A former Catholic school principal believed to be the first to plead guilty to concealing child sexual abuse in Australia has escaped jail despite a judge acknowledging his inaction contributed to “terrible consequences”. Source: ABC News.

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Pope John Paul I at the Vatican in 1978 (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

Conspiracy theories and dark intrigue about Pope John Paul I’s untimely death just one month after his election should be set aside and his life and legacy made more widely known, said his niece. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Seniors rights groups are calling for a national register of powers of attorney to prevent fraudulent transactions (Bigstock)

Advocates for older Australians are warning of a hidden toll of abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, with reports of family members taking advantage of elderly relatives. Source: The Age.

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Pope Francis blesses an inmate during a visit to a jail in Philadelphia in 2015 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Even when physical proximity is impossible, Catholic communicators can use the media to reach out to people and invite them to follow Jesus more closely, the Vatican said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Fr Chris Ryan with Arete Centre 2020 participants (Katherine Ng MGL)

After a successful inaugural year, the Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership has launched its 2021 program, offering study opportunities for pastoral and ministry leaders to grow in the knowledge needed for the Church’s mission today.

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Cardinal John Dew (Facebook/Cardinal John Dew)

New Zealand Cardinal John Dew has joined 20 Christian leaders in publishing a joint statement on the country’s upcoming referendums on legalising euthanasia and marijuana, saying if passed they will inflict long-term damage. Source: Vatican News.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society says the a mobile phone ban in detention centres would punish all detainees for the criminal activity of a few (Bigstock)

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has joined other organisations calling on the Senate not to pass legislation next week that would prohibit mobile phones in immigration detention centres.

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The new Stella Maris mission logo (Supplied)

As it celebrates 100 years of global ministry to seafarers, the Apostleship of the Sea is also marking the occasion with the official adoption of the familiar name Stella Maris and launch of a new logo. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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A man waves China’s flag during Pope Francis

The Vatican has proposed to the Chinese government that they extend an agreement signed in 2018 regarding the appointment of bishops. Source: CNS.

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Legislation to change abortion legislation is expected to be introduced to South Australia’s Parliament within few weeks (Bigstock)

Public meetings are being held in South Australia to bring attention to proposed changes to existing abortion laws in the state, including legalising abortion up to birth. Source: The Southern Cross.

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