George Newhouse (ABC News 24)

Asylum-seekers who have been sent to offshore processing centres can keep pursuing legal action against the Commonwealth in the Federal Court, the High Court ruled yesterday. Source: The Australian.

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The teacher training aims to combat rising levels of youth mental health issues (Bigstock)

Catholic Schools NSW has welcomed moves by the Berejiklian Government to strengthen mental health training for teachers. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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the book is meant to help readers learn more about the different aspects of the Zairean rite (Vatican News)

The approval decades ago of a Zairean rite of the Roman Missal demonstrated that it is also possible to develop a rite for the Amazon region, Pope Francis writes in a preface to a new book. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Fr Morgan Batt (The Catholic Leader)

The former parish priest of Port Arthur has criticised the decision to make a film detailing the events that led to the 1996 massacre. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The annoucement on the St Aloysius College North Melbourne’s Facebook page yesterday

Catholic girls secondary school St Aloysius College in North Melbourne will enrol boys from 2023 for the first time in its 130-year history. Source: Herald Sun.

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Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix in an empty St Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April (The Pope Video)

In a video message for his December prayer intention, Pope Francis speaks of the power of prayer to “change reality and our hearts”. Source: Vatican News.

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St Francis Xavier and the logo for International Day of Persons with a Disability (Wikipedia/IDPWD)

Today has a couple of interesting resonances for this blind Jesuit – it is the feast day of St Francis Xavier and is also the International Day of Persons with a Disability, writes Fr Justin Glyn SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Bishop Greg Homeming OCD (Lismore Diocese)

Lismore Diocese has entered a new partnership with a United States university to provide people within the diocese access to quality online faith formation courses and learning opportunities.

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The first Plenary Council assembly will be held in October 2021 (ACBC)

The first assembly of the Plenary Council will take place with a combination of online and face-to-face participation as uncertainty remains over restrictions on travel and gatherings. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Residents of Bethlehem are subject to a 7pm to 6am curfew in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 (CNA/Alexander Gatsenko, shutterstock)

COVID-19 has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town at the height of holiday season. Source: Crux.

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The Pacific leaders

Australian religious and political leaders have supported an open letter from 15 Pacific leaders to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, asking him to take climate action ahead of a United Nations summit next week. Source: Edmund Rice Centre.

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Cardinal George Pell attends the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday (CNS photo/Fabio Frustaci, Reuters pool)

Cardinal George Pell has spoken of his surprise at the apparent extent of “criminality” involved in recent Vatican financial scandals. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis delivers his video message to the judges conference on Monday (Vatican Media)

Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s wealth and everyone else’s right to a dignified life is disregarded, Pope Francis said on Monday. Source: CNS.

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Notre Dame University

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The safe house is now welcoming a new intake of vulnerable mums who have reached out for support to raise their babies (Bigstock)

There will be plenty of room at a Brisbane safe house this Christmas after it successfully transitioned its last live-in mother into secure accommodation. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and Pope Francis attend an interfaith prayer service for peace in Rome in October (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople that he is confident that Catholics and Orthodox Christians will attain full communion. Source: CNA.

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The report looks at rental affordability for different income groups (Supplied)

New analysis released yesterday revealed that while rental prices have fallen in many cities, rent is still unaffordable for low-income earners in every capital city. Source: News.com.au.

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Bishop Christopher Saunders (ACBC)

A prominent supporter of Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has demanded Western Australia Police “put up or shut up” in relation to its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. Source: ABC News.

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St Mary’s Cathedral with a COVID-19 sign-in line (The Catholic Weekly/Patrick J Lee)

New South Wales Labor has joined forces with religious leaders in the outcry of inconsistent restrictions placed on religious observances. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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