“Serious injury” caused by conversion therapy is punishable with up to 10 years in jail under the proposed legislation (Bigstock)

Prayer-based religious practices are included in a bill introduced to the Victorian Parliament this week that would outlaw therapy that aims to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation. Source: Eternity News.

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The Australian and Aboriginal flags

The group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians designing the Indigenous voice to Parliament are divided over the Morrison Government’s plan to legislate the proposal before considering constitutional recognition. Source: The Australian.

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Amy Coney Barrett (CNS/Drew Angerer, Pool via Reuters)

The United States Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms. Source: SBS News.

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Notre Dame University

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Australian Defence Force chief General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Afghanistan inquiry on November 19 in Canberra (ABC News)

Like many of the 750,000 living veterans in Australia, Deacon Gary Stone has spent the past few days struggling with a diverse range of emotions following the release of a report into SAS war crimes in Afghanistan. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Sr Ivy Khoury (centre) in Mozambique (Caritas Australia)

Caritas Australia’s partners are responding to the effects of COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa, where communities that rely on small-scale agriculture have been severely affected by restrictions on gatherings.

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Dr Edmund Chia (ACU)

Australian Catholic University theologian Edmund Chia has become the first Australian invited to join an interfaith program working to overcome international religious conflicts.

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The handwritten letter from Pope Francis  (Crux/Twitter, Victoria Morales Gorleri)

Pope Francis has entered the debate over the decriminalisation of abortion in his Argentinian homeland, sending a handwritten letter asking, “Is it fair to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?” Source: Crux.

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Roberto Benigni, left, and Federico Ielapi in Pinocchio (IMDB)

For the second time in his career, Italian actor Roberto Benigni takes on Pinocchio, the story of a wooden puppet who comes to life. Source: Jesuit Media.

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The Church in Australia will celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God on the first Sunday in February each year, starting with February 7 in 2021. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Woolworths has identified 332 Australian fruit and vegetable suppliers within its supply chain where workers are at risk of slave-like conditions, as part of its first-ever review under new modern slavery laws. Source: ABC News.

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Flowers are seen on a mass grave of people killed during and after the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War in Ronda, Spain (CNS/Jon Nazca, Reuters)

Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of 127 Spanish martyrs, three Italian religious women, an Italian archbishop and three priests. Source: Crux.

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The Gospel of John is one of the books of the Bible that has been translated into Auslan (Eternity News)

When the history of Auslan Bible translations is written, 2020 will be marked as a truly significant year. And it’s not because of COVID-19. Source: Eternity News.

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The report will be a springboard for ACN supporters to advocate for the release of those unjustly detained (ACN)

The plight of Christians who are kidnapped or unjustly jailed is the focus of a new report produced by Aid to the Church in Need.

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Pope Francis delivers his weekly general audience yesterday (CNA/Vatican Media)

Catholics risk going astray if they neglect the four essential characteristics of Church life, Pope Francis said at his general audience yesterday. Source: CNA.

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Pip McIlroy (Melbourne Catholic/Fiona Basile)

St Catherine of Siena’s phrase “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire” resonates strongly with St Vincent’s Health’s Pip McIlroy as she strives to live a “whole-hearted life”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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A young woman wearing a World Youth Day 2023 t-shirt reads during Pope Francis’ celebration of Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS/Stefano Dal Pozzolo, pool)

The decision to move the local celebrations of World Youth Day from Palm Sunday to the feast of Christ the King addresses the pastoral needs of local churches, a Vatican official said. Source: CNS.

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Kevin Donahoe (left), Fr Josh Whitehead and Jacinta Elks (The Catholic Leader)

When Sunshine Coast siblings Jacinta Elks and Kevin Donahoe were tapped on the shoulder by a priest to be part of something new in their parish, it was just what they’d been looking for. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Cassandra Goldie (ACOSS)

Welfare groups have warned a Senate committee that the Morrison Government’s plans to cut the level of some welfare supports from January next year are “cruel and damaging”. Source: SBS News.

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