The race that stops the nation and CathNews (Bigstock)

CathNews takes a break tomorrow for the Melbourne Cup public holiday. Our next issue will be published on Wednesday, November 6.

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Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto in March (CNS/Vatican Media via Reuters)

Pope Francis has decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Loreto be included in the Church’s universal calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated on December 10. Source: Catholic Herald.

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Cardinal Angelo Becciu (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Italian cardinal at the centre of the Catholic Church’s latest financial scandal has defended a $300 million property deal in London’s upmarket Chelsea as business as usual. Source: The Australian.

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Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green in his video message about the National Prayer Campaign for Drought (ACBC/YouTube)

Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE has released a video message to accompany the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s National Prayer Campaign for Drought. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Notre Dame University

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Pat Garcia said the interim report was unequivocal in the need for a better system of care for older Australians (Bigstock)

New Catholic Health Australia chief executive Pat Garcia says the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is a vital piece of work that has already begun to drive much-needed reform.

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The college received national recognition from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority for its improved reading results (Caroline Chisholm Catholic College website)

A Catholic secondary school in Melbourne’s western suburbs has gained national recognition for its improved reading results after it revived the use of the school library. Source: The Age.

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Fr Tim Norton SVD is a video prepared by Catholic Religious Australia (In The Word)

The Divine Word Missionaries and other culturally diverse congregations are sharing their experiences of interculturality as part of a Catholic Religious Australia initiative to support congregations in preparing for the future.

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The Catacombs of Priscilla  (Vatican News)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday for the souls of the dead in Rome’s Catacombs of Priscilla, saying the place of a Christian is in the safety of the hands of God, whatever the outside circumstances might be. Source: CNA.

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The proposed laws would prevent people protesting within 150m from the entrance of abortion clinics in South Australia (ABC News)

Proposed laws banning pro-life campaigners from protesting near abortion clinics in South Australia should be extended to all health services, the state’s Health Minister Stephen Wade says. Source: The Advertiser.

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Pope Francis with participants of the course in international humanitarian law for military chaplains at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Military chaplains are called to educate the consciences of members of the armed forces so that even in war, the opposing side is not viewed merely as “an enemy to be destroyed”, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

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Br Peter Mokaya Tabichi with his Person of the Year award at the UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya (CNS/United Nations in Kenya)

A Franciscan brother who teaches mathematics and physics in rural Kenya has been named Person of the Year in Africa by the United Nations in Kenya. Source: CNS.

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Nick Goiran (ABC News/Benjamin Gubana)

A West Australian Liberal upper house MP has submitted 357 proposed amendments to the state’s euthanasia bill, which may delay a decision on the legislation by months or even years. Source: The West Australian.

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Notre Dame University

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Another 550 organisations have joined the scheme, the Government announced yesterday (National Redress Scheme website)

More Catholic, Anglican and Baptist bodies have joined the National Redress Scheme, paving the way for payments and services to be provided to more child sexual abuse survivors. Source: 9news.com.au.

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Fr Frank Brennan SJ (Facebook)

Jesuit and lawyer Fr Frank Brennan has warned that Western democracy is in a “precarious condition” and proposes three key changes to help strengthen trust in Australia’s system of government. Source: The Australian.

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Renée Zellweger in Judy (IMDB)

Once upon a time, a Minnesota teenager named Frances Gumm was taken on by the MGM film studios and transformed into Judy Garland, a star of stars. Judy tells the story of the last year of her life. Source: ACOFB.

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Teachers in Catholic schools in Queensland are demanding a revision of workloads, job security and wage parity (IEUQLD)

Catholic school teachers and support staff across Queensland have voted to take industrial action, including strikes, next week. Source: The Courier-Mail.

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The commission found service shortfalls and substandard and unsafe care across the industry  (Bigstock)

An interim report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has found the nation’s aged care system tells a “shocking tale of neglect”. Source: ABC News.

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Bishop Christopher Saunder, Kirsty Robertson, Bishop Terence Brady and Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. (Caritas Australia)

New Caritas Australia chief executive officer Kirsty Robertson has spoken of a renewed urgency to help end extreme poverty in the world.

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Mass on Demand

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From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

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