Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai (CNS/UCA News)

The Vatican and the Chinese government will extend an agreement signed in 2018 regarding the appointment of bishops. Source: CNS.

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Sydney parishioners are being invited to participate in a prayer campaign for the success of a new evangelisation mission plan in the Sydney Archdiocese. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Pilgrims pray at a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNS/Paul Haring)

A laicised priest who had been the spiritual director to six people who said they experienced visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has been excommunicated. Source: CNA.

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The final submission to the aged care royal commission recommends an overhaul of the aged care sector (Bigstock)

Catholic Health Australia has joined other sector representatives in responding positively to proposed recommendations to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to revive the aged care sector. Source: Aged Care Guide.

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In 2019-20, there were 223 reports of modern slavery cases in Australia (Unsplash)

The Morrison Government has allocated $10.6 million to tackle modern slavery, with forced marriage and sexual exploitation the areas of most concern. Source: Sunday Herald Sun.

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory (CNS/Bob Roller)

Pope Francis has named 13 new cardinals including the Archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, who will become the first African-American to hold that title in the Church. Source: The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Cardinal George Pell arrives in Rome last month (CNA/Daniel Ibanez)

Victoria Police says it has received information about money transferred from the Vatican to Australia but will not be investigating further as there was no evidence of suspicious activity. Source: ABC News.

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Bishop Tim Harris (ACBC)

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has criticised Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with people's emotions”, after she promised to rush through euthanasia laws if Labor wins Saturday’s Queensland election. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Vickie Chapman (Facebook/Vickie Chapman MP)

South Australia’s Attorney-General has called for calm over the abortion debate as the battle for the conscience vote of local MPs starts to intensify. Source: Sunday Mail.

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During the 2019/20 financial year, the Australian Federal Police received 92 reports of forced marriage (ACRATH)

Forced marriage and slavery-like practices are going unchecked because social services and other frontline workers do not recognise this form of human trafficking, according to a Flinders University criminologist. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis said people must pray with their hearts and not “pray like a parrot” (Bigstock)

Being indifferent to or hating others is to deny the existence of God’s presence in one’s neighbour, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis backed civil partnerships while Archbishop of Buenos Aires but this is the first time he has publicly supported such unions as Pope (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has come out in support of civil partnerships for LGBT Catholics in a new documentary, marking the first time he has publicly supported such unions since becoming pope. Source: The Tablet.

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Notre Dame University

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Fr Peter Phuc SJ (left) and friends with aid for flood victims in central Vietnam (Jesuit Mission)

Jesuits in central Vietnam are responding to a flood crisis, where 84 people are confirmed dead and another 34 are missing, following the country’s third typhoon in a month. Source: Jesuit Mission.

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Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd will assume governance for 293 Catholic schools in Melbourne (Catholic Education Melbourne)

A new company is to assume the governance and operation of Catholic schools in Melbourne Archdiocese, Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has announced. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Bartosz Bielenia in Corpus Christi (IMDB)

Corpus Christi is a conundrum. Nominated for an Oscar for best international film, it takes Christian faith seriously, but its often-cynical portrayal of the priesthood and the faithful may disturb. Source: CNS.

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The virtual symposium will feature keynote addresses by Dr Carol Campbell and Professor John Haldane (NCEC)

Registrations are open for the National Catholic Education Commission’s Faith in the Future Virtual Symposium, to be held Friday, October 30.

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The AFL Grand Final is being played in Queensland, but Victorians still get a public holiday on Grand Final Eve (Bigstock)

CathNews will not be published tomorrow, October 23, due to the public holiday in Victoria.

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People maintain social distancing at St Mary

Groups of 300 people will be able to gather in New South Wales churches, temples and mosques this weekend, in further eased COVID-19 restrictions in the state. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

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