Isabella Hollewand (The Catholic Leader)

A Queensland teenager’s compassion has inspired others to work for the freedom of two asylum-seekers held in detention for 17 years. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Jerese William, Ferguson Williams and Hamish Gothakchalkenin are doing their learning at Pormpuraaw State School library under supervision while St Teresa’s College remains closed (St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie)

While most Queensland students returned to the classroom this week after more than a month of learning from home, students at a remote Catholic boarding school remain in limbo. Source: ABC News.

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Health care workers with an elderly patient in a nursing home in Portsmouth earlier this month (CNS/Leon Neal, pool via Reuters)

The “extremely high death rate” in UK care homes for the elderly will go down as the greatest national failure of the coronavirus crisis, says a Catholic bioethics institute. Source: Crux.

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Notre Dame University

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Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the release of a key report calling for an overhaul of palliative care services in Australia.

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Bishop Michael Kennedy celebrates a Mass livestreamed from Sts Mary and Joseph Cathedral, Armidale (YouTube/Diocese of Armidale)

Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy is hopeful churches in his diocese will soon be able to admit at least as many patrons as pubs and clubs as COVID-19 restrictions ease in New South Wales. Source: Armidale Express.

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Bishop Mark Edwards OMI (ACBC)

Pope Francis last night appointed Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards OMI the sixth Bishop of Wagga Wagga. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Joe Zabar (CSSA)

Growing our economy with a job creation agenda at its centre is both decent and politically expedient, writes Catholic Social Services Australia’s Joe Zabar. Source: Pro Bono News.

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Pope Francis in prayer (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis will lead the major shrines around the world in praying the Rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNS.

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Fr Michael Kong runs his Father’s Kitchen Rules cooking session online (ACU)

With most Australian Catholic University students and staff working off-campus, the Melbourne campus ministry team is offering pastoral care and spiritual wellbeing online.

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The bishops of Australia have entrusted the nation to the care of Our Lady Help of Christians during this time of pandemic (ACBC)

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said it was Mary who understood the “suffering of her children like no one else can” as he celebrated the entrustment of Australia to the care of Our Lady Help of Christians. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Children wait in line for food at a school near Cape Town this month (CNS /Mike Hutchings, Reuters)

As South Africa prepares for the COVID-19 pandemic to worsen in the country, Church leaders are warning that the country must work to become more economically inclusive once the crisis is over. Source: Crux.

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Michael Willett (ACBC)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed Michael Willett as its first chief operating officer, a role established as part of the restructure of the organisation implemented in January. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Notre Dame University

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Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation founders Margaret Farrell, Jenny Ebsworth, Elaine Gordon and Daisy Barker (Caritas Australia/Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation)

To mark National Sorry Day today, Caritas Australia is acknowledging the work of one of its partners, the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation, which provides Indigenous families in Western Sydney support and connections to services.

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Pope Francis with other Christian leaders at an ecumencial event in Geneva in 2018 (Vatican News)

Pope Francis yesterday remembered St John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, Ut Unum Sint, on the 25th anniversary of its publication. Source: CNA.

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The image for this year

We mark this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in circumstances that we have never experienced before, writes Fr Gerard Kelly. Source: MNNews.Today.

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Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ hands the crozier to Archbishop Patrick O’Regan (The Southern Cross/Ben Macmahon)

Adelaide’s new Archbishop Patrick O’Regan was installed in a near-empty cathedral yesterday but the occasion was full of beauty, grace and emotion as the archbishop committed himself to his new flock. Source: The Southern Cross.

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A new report on palliative care has revealed more than $450 million could be saved by boosting funding for at-home end-of-life services and implementing a national strategy. Source: The Australian.

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Cardinal Charles Bo (CNS/Soe Zeya Tun, Reuters)

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has warned of the danger social media poses to the younger generation as it is fed by a toxic cocktail of “hatred, abusive behaviour and negativity.” Source: UCA News.

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