Cardinal Anders Arborelius (CNS)

A senior cardinal in Sweden has condemned his country’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk it poses to the vulnerable. Source: The Tablet.

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

Church leaders must put prayer before all other things, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Archbishops Mark Coleridge and Anthony Fisher OP (ACBC)

The Catholic bishops of Australia have elected Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge to a second two-year term as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

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The research found principals are exposed to physical violence at 10.8 times the rate of the general population (Bigstock)

School principals are being exposed to record levels of violence and face burnout, according to new research by Australian Catholic University and Deakin University. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Notre Dame University

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The Government had resisted calls to increase Newstart (now JobSeeker) before the pandemic set in (Bigstock)

Labor says the Morrison Government may need to extend the JobSeeker and JobKeeper welfare measures beyond the legislated six-month time frame. Source: SBS News.

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Jabalpur Bishop Gerald Almeida (YouTube)

A freight train that ran over 20 migrant labourers who were sleeping on a track in central India, killing 16, shows the desperate situation and misery of millions in the country, say Church officials. Source: UCA News.

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Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ said the ability to go into a church and pray would be greatly appreciated by the faithful (Bigstock)

The Church in South Australia has welcomed the announcement by Premier Steven Marshall that churches may reopen for private prayer and that funeral attendance can be increased. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The service was held at the Berlin

In a joint service marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, Christian churches in Germany issued a call for a commitment to work for peace. Source: CNS.

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The report said half of the participants interviewed opposed the card trial while one fifth supported it (Bigstock)

The findings of a report into the Morrison Government’s cashless debit card have added weight to claims the card is causing welfare recipients significant stigma and stress. Source: The Guardian.

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ACU

Australian Catholic University’s Brisbane campus will offer an undergraduate law degree for the first time next year in a bid to rival “more established" tertiary institutions. Source: The Courier-Mail.

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

Christians must not confuse their sense of belonging to God's people with an “elitist” attitude that views others as inferior to them, Pope Francis said. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Priority will be given to those students who will benefit most from returning to school (Bigstock)

Catholic schools in the ACT are preparing students to return to school from Monday, May 18, based on the advice of government and health authorities. Source: Catholic Education Canberra-Goulburn.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal George Pell says he is “surprised” by some of the “views … about his actions” after being criticised by the child sexual abuse royal commission. Source: The Australian.

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Professor John Lippitt (UNDA)

Virtues for the Times, a new podcast from the University of Notre Dame Australia’s Institute for Ethics and Society, aims to demonstrate that social distancing does not have to mean social disconnection.

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Tom Holland and Chris Pratt lend their voices to the main characters in Onward (IMDB/Pixar)

Pixar’s latest film, Onward, is the story of two elf brothers who practise a spell they think will bring their dead father back to life. Source: ACOFB.

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Mother

A mother’s deep love for her child builds the faith that the child has in themselves and this provides a foundation for faith in God, writes Maitland-Newcastle Diocese’s Mary-Anne DeLuca. Source: MNNews.Today.

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Emilia and Karol Wojtyła Sr with their eldest child, Edmund (CNA/Krakow Archdiocese)

The sainthood causes of St John Paul II’s parents, Karol and Emilia Wojtyła, were formally opened in Poland yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Modelling predicts a generational mental health crisis linked directly to the pandemic (Bigstock)

Suicide rates in Australia are forecast to rise by up to 50 per cent due to the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus and tipped to outstrip deaths from the pandemic by up to 10 times. Source: The Australian.

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