OpenLearning chief Adam Brimo, managing director Cherie Diaz and ACU Professor Zlatko Skrbis (ACU)

Australian Catholic University has expanded its partnership with OpenLearning by signing a three-year usage-based agreement with the education software company.

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A painting of George Floyd on a wall in Minneapolis (CNS/Maria Wiering/The Catholic Spirit)

Much like the coronavirus pandemic, racism is a “spiritual” virus that has spread throughout the world and must be eradicated, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Charities that rely on volunteer fundraising drives and donations through major events will find recovery harder, says the head of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission’s philanthropy advisory group. Source: The Guardian.

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Notre Dame University

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Deacon Ralph Madigan and Fr Robert Greenup and the Coen parish community (The Catholic Leader)

It’s almost three months since a priest has visited the Catholic faithful of Coen, a remote Indigenous community in far north Queensland. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Welfare recipients won’t be penalised for failing to meet mutual obligation conditions during the initial restart (Department of Education, Skills and Employment)

There are fears Australia’s welfare system won’t cope with an influx of unemployed people when job hunting requirements restart. Source: SBS News.

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Pope Francis (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday promulgated a new law intended to control spending and prevent corruption in Vatican City State and Holy See financial transactions. Source: CNA.

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The hospitality staff at St Mary’s Gateshead (MNNews.Today)

The forced closure of its school canteen saw a Catholic secondary school in Newcastle rethink how it could best be “ready to serve” its community, writes DeAnna Addicoat. Source: MNNews.Today.

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The 1297 reports are available on the National Centre for Pastoral Research website (ACBC)

Profiles of almost 1300 Catholic parishes across Australia have just been published, offering insights that those parishes have been encouraged to use in their pastoral planning processes. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis joined an initiative of the Anglican Church, praying that people would be converted and use the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption to begin anew. Source: Crux.

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Funerals in the ACT can now have up to 50 people, but Masses can only have 20 participants (Bigstock)

New South Wales will allow Masses for 50 people from today and the ACT should do the same, the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese has argued. Source: Catholic Voice.

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The six Plenary Council themes (ACBC)

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the six discernment papers for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia signify the latest milestone as the Church considers its present circumstances and discerns its future.

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Catholic Schools NSW says the Catholic sector has a 20 per cent share of enrolments when systemic and independent Catholic school numbers are added together (Bigstock)

Independently run schools are expected to overtake the Catholic system as New South Wales’ second-biggest education sector in two years, projections show. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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Pope Francis prays after leading the recitation of the Rosary in the Vatican Gardens on Saturday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis led the recitation of the Rosary on Saturday and asked Mary to intercede to save the world from the pandemic. Source: CNS.

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Protesters at the site in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed on May 25 (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Catholic bishops in the United States said they are “broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African-American man being killed before our very eyes”. Source: Crux.

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Toorak Ecumenical Movement members Fr Brendan Hayes (Catholic), left, Rev Dr Christopher Page (Uniting Church), Rev Dr Peter French (Anglican) and Rev Vicar Katja Lin (Swedish Church) (St Peters Toorak)

A Melbourne Catholic parish is celebrating 40 years of ecumenical prayer and friendship with neighbouring Christian churches. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Services Australia said 470,000 debts would be waived, with refunds to be rolled out from July (Bigstock)

The Morrison Government has conceded hundreds of millions of dollars in debt were racked up unlawfully through its controversial Robodebt scheme. Source: ABC News.

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Zara Tai (Catholic Outlook/Supplied)

On the feast of Pentecost yesterday, consecrated virgins celebrated 50 years since the restoration of this ancient vocation, writes Zara Tai. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Nichii Mardon (The Southern Cross)

In a major boost for Catholic education in regional South Australia, Catholic Education SA will build a new secondary school at Renmark and expand a primary school at Wallaroo. Source: The Southern Cross.

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