Pope Francis at a lunch with poor people to mark World Day of the Poor at the Vatican in 2018 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Coronavirus restrictions have forced the Vatican to scale down this Sunday’s commemoration of the World Day of the Poor, a Vatican archbishop said. Source: CNA.

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The report said the non-profit sector needed more funding but must be accompanied by structural reform (Grant Thornton)

The funding of social services needs structural reform to offer greater certainty for charities and allow the sector to address long-term systemic issues, a new report says. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Pope Francis greets then US vice president Joe Biden at the Vatican in 2016 (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis called United States President-elect Joe Biden yesterday to congratulate him on winning the US presidential election. Source: CNS.

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Pope Francis places a rosary in front of a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has blessed a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal ahead of its tour around Italy as part of an evangelisation initiative. Source: CNA.

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Chiara Porro in a scene from the video

Celebrating NAIDOC Week, the Australian embassy to the Holy See produced a video that highlights Indigenous knowledge and links this to Pope Francis’ call for the “care of our common home”. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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East Timorese women performed traditional dancing as part of a farewell to the Bowen parish on October 24 (The Catholic Leader)

Amid fears that labour shortages will leave crops unharvested due to coronavirus, one North Queensland community is singing the praises of Catholic pickers from East Timor. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The book stemmed from the CSSV conference in February (CSSV)

Catholic Social Services Victoria has hosted a virtual launch for a new book that contains “a sense of hope” about the state of social services in Australia. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

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Poster for The Girl on the Bridge (Facebook)

The Girl on the Bridge is a New Zealand documentary but it tells a universal story on the theme of youth suicide – the pressures, desperation and its effect on those who are left behind. Source: Jesuit Media.

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Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP and Mark Latham (ACBC/Mark Latham-s Outsiders)

Addressing a New South Wales parliamentary committee, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP called for loopholes allowing discrimination against Christians in NSW to be closed. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols (CNS/Paul Haring)

A report into child sexual abuse in the Church in England and Wales released this week criticised the leadership of Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and the Vatican. Source: BBC News.

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Canberrans Fiona Smith (left) and Brenda Hay knit squares for the NATSICC palliative care blankets (The Southern Cross)

First Nations people in the end stages of their life are receiving a comforting reminder of their home country and traditions through a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council project. Source: The Southern Cross.

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Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Following the release of the Vatican’s report on Theodore McCarrick, Pope Francis has renewed the Church’s pledge to uproot the scourge of sexual abuse. Source: CNS.

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Young adults have experienced a sharp decline in mental health since the arrival of COVID-19, research from the Australian Catholic University has revealed.

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The Colosseum in Rome was lit in red in 2019 to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Hundreds of churches, monuments and buildings will be illuminated in red light this month in a global call for religious freedom. Source: ACN.

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Fra’ Marco Luzzago (Order of Malta Australia)

The Knights of Malta have elected Fra’ Marco Luzzago as their interim head, following a period of upheaval. Source: NCR Online.

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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in May 2018 (CNS/Daniel Pockett, via Reuters)

Victoria‘s anti-corruption body will not investigate claims Vatican funds were transferred to Australia to influence the trial against Cardinal George Pell. Source: The Australian.

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Australia has bought 10 million doses of the Pfizer COVI9-19 vaccine (CNA/Dado Ruvic, Reuters)

Health experts and faith leaders welcomed news that a COVID-19 vaccine secured by the Australian Government is free from any connection to a selective abortion. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Br Phillip Elwin (centre) with one of his Heart Foundation walking groups (De La Salle Brothers)

De La Salle Brother Phillip Elwin believes his mature years have brought him plenty of opportunities to live life to the full. Source: De La Salle Brothers.

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