The Morrison Government said there had been a spike in family violence reporting since the COVID-19 pandemic (Bigstock)

About 6000 women and children needing to escape family violence each year will have access to hundreds of new safe places across the country under a $60 million initiative. Source: News.com.au.

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Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where they signed  the Document for Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together in February 2019  (CNS/Paul Haring)

One of Pope Francis’s top aides insists the Pope’s new encyclical on human fraternity has nothing to do with some critics' concerns that it’s about one-world government and watering down religious differences. Source: Crux.

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Companies with annual consolidated revenue of over $50 million will have to detail how they are keeping supply chains slavery-free (Bigstock)

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has welcomed a commitment by the New South Wales Government to finally enact legislation passed by Parliament to provide greater protection for the victims of modern slavery. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.

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A number of Catholic organisations are members of the Everybody’s Home campaign (Everybody

More than 300 community groups have warned tens of thousands of Australian families could be left homeless if the Morrison Government does not boost support for social housing projects in this year’s Budget. Source: ABC News.

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Grafitti on the door of St Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, California (Facebook/Eparchy of St Peter)

A Chaldean Catholic cathedral in California was defaced on the weekend, with swastikas, an upside-down cross, and other messages spray-painted on the church’s doors and entryways. Source: CNA.

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The report says legislative changes are needed to move more patients to out of hospital care (Catholic Health Australia)

A major new report from Catholic Health Australia calls on the Commonwealth Government to unlock funding to allow more Australians to be treated at home.

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Zach Woodward (The Catholic Leader)

A Brisbane Catholic school teacher has launched a podcast to help teachers to “master their craft” through listening to the stories of beginner and experienced educators. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The Senate will vote next month on legislation that could see mobile phones banned from inside immigration detention centres (Bigstock)

Though disguised in beige words, legislation to ban mobile phones from people being held in immigration detention centres is a knife held at the throat of Australian decency, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

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Australians donated and claimed $3.75 billion as tax deductible donations in 2017-18 (Bigstock)

Australians might have upped their charitable giving by $265 million between 2016 and 2018, but the number of people giving is continuing to drop, new data shows. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Cardinal George Pell in Rome in 2015 (Fiona Basile)

Cardinal George Pell is set to return to Rome tomorrow, his first time back in the city since 2017 when he took a leave of absence from his role at the Vatican to face charges in Australia. Source: CNA.

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Joanne Gao wants to run Chinese tea ceremonies as a small business (ABC News Selina Ross)

A CatholicCare Tasmania project is helping people with migrant or asylum-seeker backgrounds to develop micro-businesses. Source: ABC News.

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Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace during the Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

The Christian life requires concrete commitments and spiritual combat in order to grow in holiness, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett at the announcement of her nomination for the US Supreme Court at the White House on Saturday (CNS/Carlos Barria, Reuters)

US President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a Chicago-based judge and a Catholic mother of seven, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Source: CNS.

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Francis Campbell and Anthony McClaren (UNDA and St Mary’s University)

The University of Notre Dame Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding with St Mary’s University in London, which will provide joint opportunities for both staff and students. Source: Mirage News.

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Joe Zabar (CSSA)

Australia’s economy is in trouble and will need more than economic first aid through measures like JobKeeper to get us back on track to recovery, writes Catholic Social Services Australia’s Joe Zabar. Source: Eureka Street.

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Worshippers will, from late November, notice a slight change to the words the priest prays just before the Liturgy of the Word, with the amendment supporting a more faithful understanding of the Trinity. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Sr Patricia Fox (The Catholic Leader)

The brutal killing of another Filipino rights activist is fresh in the mind of Sr Patricia Fox, spurring the 73-year-old Australian Sister of Our Lady of Sion to keep campaigning against oppression in the Philippines. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The bishops of Victoria say the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on places of worship fail the ‘pub test’ (Melbourne Catholic)

Victoria’s bishops have written an open letter to Premier Daniel Andrews raising concerns of unfairness in COVID-19 restrictions to people of faith. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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