The commission argued that if it did not increase wages, some families could be forced into poverty (Bigstock)

The minimum wage will increase by $13 a week, affecting the pay packets of more than 2.2 million Australians as the nation deals with its first recession in decades. Source: ABC News.

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Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli slept in his car for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout (Melbourne Catholic)

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout might have been socially distant this year, but it still raised more than $5 million for the charity’s homelessness services. Source: Mirage News.

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The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, is currently used as a museum (CNS/Umit Bektas, Reuters)

Catholic bishops in Turkey won't contest plans to turn Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia cathedral into a Muslim place of worship. Source: UCA News.

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Pope Francis unveils a sculpture dedicated to migrants and refugees in St Peter’s Square in September last year (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has heightened awareness regarding the need to protect refugees and migrants and to care for the environment. Source: Vatican News.

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Cardinal George Pell (CNA)

Cardinal George Pell is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Church, politics and sport. Source: News.com.au.

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Students moved to the new St Paul

A Catholic school in Melbourne has been recognised for its state-of-the-art design that is helping to transform the lives of students with complex disabilities. Source: VMCH.

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Pope Francis at St Peter

Pope Francis has given the Virgin Mary three new titles that will be added to the Church’s traditional “Litany of Mary”, the Vatican has announced. Source: Crux.

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Dr Paul Morrissey (The eRecord/Joshua Low)

With the cost of humanities degrees set to double under a push to produce “job-ready” graduates, the Morrison Government has been accused of misunderstanding the role of humanities in developing a civilised society. Source: The Australian.

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Religious institute and ministerial public juridic person schools account for 17 per cent  of all Australian Catholic school enrolments (AMPJP)

The Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons has announced the members of a new national committee representing religious institute and ministerial public juridic person school authorities.

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A protester confronts police during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brisbane on Wednesday (CNS/Darren England/AAP Image via Reuters)

Speaking at a special United Nations discussion about racism and police brutality yesterday, a Vatican official said racism in any form is "absolutely intolerable". Source: CNS.

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0619book Stephen Kamal and his son Donovan with the books bound for Africa The Catholic LeaderJen Dainer Industrial Photo Video

Stephen Kamal has a dream – to deliver one million books to children in the war-torn region of Africa where he grew up. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The Vatican document was presented yesterday in Italian but will soon be available in other languages (CNS/Christopher Pike, Reuters)

With a new 200-page document, the Vatican is encouraging Catholics to put their faith into action to promote integral ecology and care of creation, following the inspiration of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical. Source: CNA.

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Tap and go is one of four payment options available to Canberra-Goulburn parishioners (Catholic Voice)

The collection plate is a thing of the past in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese, never again to be passed by parishioners along the pews after becoming the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Catholic Voice.

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The new guidelines focus on boarding schools managing the risks of students sharing accomodation (QCEC)

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission says boarding schools in the state are looking forward to welcoming back more students in term 3 following the release of new health guidelines for boarding facilities.

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The new timeframe will allow for a more extended period of individual and collective discernment leading into the first Plenary Council assembly (ACBC)

The two assemblies for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will be held in Adelaide from October 3-10, 2021, and in Sydney from July 4-9, 2022. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

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Josh Frydenberg (ABC News/Nick Haggarty)

The Morrison Government is poised to increase the unemployment benefit, recognising that Australia’s jobless rate is likely to remain high for some time. Source: ABC News.

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Garrett Hedlund in Burden (IMDB)

Inspired by true events, Burden is the story of a Ku Klux Klan member who is redeemed by a Baptist minister and by the woman he loves. Source: ACOFB.

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Msgr Georg Ratzinger and Benedict XVI (Vatican Media)

Benedict XVI has made his first trip outside of Italy since his retirement, heading to Germany to visit his brother Msgr Georg Ratzinger, 96, who is reportedly seriously ill. Source: Crux.

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