ACRATH will highlight trafficking, slavery and forced marriage during the 16 Days of Activism campaign (UN)

ACRATH – Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – is encouraging all Australians to join the United Nations’ “16 Days of Activism” against gender-based violence, which starts today.

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Pope Francis’ new book will be released on December 1 (Vatican Media)

China criticised Pope Francis yesterday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. Source: Crux.

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Queensland has already ended protections for renters, while moratoriums in other states will end early next year (Bigstock)

Hundreds of thousands of renters could face eviction when moratoriums end around Australia, an advocacy group’s new report says. Source: The Guardian.

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The website has been launched ahead of the centenary of Eileen O

Sydney Archdiocese has launched a new website and social media platforms aimed at promoting the pathway to sainthood for Eileen O’Connor, the co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

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Chris Ellison (UNDA)

Chris Ellison has been reappointed chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia for a second term, with his new three-year tenure commencing in January 2021.

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Pilgrims rest outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on December 11 2018, the eve of the Guadalupe feast day (CNS/Carlos Jasso, Reuters)

The Church in Mexico has cancelled what is considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: The Age.

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First-time Edmund Rice Camps volunteer Bonnie Ranger is immersed in the experience of a family camp (The Catholic Leader)

Edmund Rice Camps Queensland emerged from a COVID-enforced six-month break with a special treat for six families that achieved “amazing outcomes”. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Steering committee members at the launch of Pilgrims 100 (The Southern Cross)

A mobile medical and food program and the education of high school children in Timor-Leste will receive a substantial financial boost thanks to a new project officially launched in Adelaide last month. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Julie Edwards (Jesuit Social Services)

Jesuit Social Services says the Victorian Government’s 2020/21 Budget provides unprecedented funding to vital social services and supports to help Victorians navigate the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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 Pope Francis with Francesca Di Giovanni, undersecretary in the Vatican

Pope Francis has strongly defended his record on naming women to positions of authority at the Vatican, saying in a new book that women do not need to be priests to serve as leaders in the global Church. Source: NCR Online.

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The letter says the changes to responsible lending laws would lead to a “ debt disaster” (Bigstock)

Catholic Social Services Australia is among a coalition of more than 200 groups and individuals to sign an open letter calling on parliamentarians to block proposed changes to the responsible lending laws. Source: Australian Financial Review.

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Pope Francis meets the delegation from the National Basketball Players Association during a private audience at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

A delegation from the US National Basketball Players Association, the union representing NBA players, met Pope Francis yesterday to discuss their work in promoting social justice. Source: Crux.

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The protest at the University of Sydney on November 12 (The Catholic Weekly/Chriscoveries)

A student event at the University of Sydney turned ugly after protestors attacked a pro-life stall, verbally abusing and physically threatening its organisers. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Archaeologist Ken Dark says this could be the house of Jesus in Nazareth (Ken Dark)

There is a strong case that a well-preserved first-century house excavated at Nazareth was the childhood home of Jesus, a British archaeologist has claimed. Source: The Times.

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Ten episodes of the digital liturgical resource for children have been filmed (Melbourne Archdiocese)

Melbourne Archdiocese is encouraging families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday Gospels in its new weekly video series, Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Vinnies national president Claire Victory said the appeal had been launched at the end of a year ‘many would rather forget’ (St Vincent de Paul Society)

Claire Victory, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, is asking people in a position to do so to dig a bit deeper this year as Vinnies launches its Christmas Appeal after a very tough year.

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The Global Safeguarding Alliance will serve as a sign of the Church

Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Child Protection Studies is part of a new Global Safeguarding Alliance that will promote safeguarding and the prevention of abuse of children, adolescents and other vulnerable people.

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The new co-educational school will be called St Mary’s (St Mary’s College website)

Two of Melbourne’s oldest single-sex Catholic schools will merge into one co-educational school next year, although boys will outnumber girls by about five to one. Source: The Age.

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