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End suffering of Nauru kids: Bishop O'Kelly
The Church in South Australia has added its voice to calls for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring to an end the suffering of children and families seeking asylum who are detained on Nauru. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.

Australia urges release of Asia Bibi
Australian diplomats are actively lobbying for the release of Asia Bibi, a Catholic Pakistani woman on death row for blasphemy. Source: SBS News.

Kiribati could be ‘submerged’ within decades
Campaigning for action on climate change is a matter of survival for former Kiribati president Anote Tong and his people. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Pope urges faithful to respond to the ‘cry of the poor’
In his message for the second World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis has called for a new evangelisation that prompts Catholics “to make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor”. Source: ACBC Media Blog

Government seeks Labor's support for gay student protection
The Morrison Government was last night negotiating with Labor over legislation to prevent school students from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality. Source: The Australian.

Judge orders arrest of suspect in St Oscar Romero’s killing
A judge in El Salvador has issued an arrest order for a former military captain suspected of killing St Oscar Romero as the archbishop celebrated Mass in 1980. Source: CNS.

Support for Labor’s election promise on mental health
Jesuit Social Services has commended the Andrews Government’s commitment to establish a royal commission into mental health if re-elected next month.

Security concerns set to keep children in Nauru limbo
A quarter of the child detainees on Nauru are likely to remain in limbo after members of their families were rejected for resettlement in the US on security grounds. Source: The Australian.

Women working to end human trafficking: Cardinal Bo
Human trafficking and the role of women were discussed at the daily press briefing of the Synod of Bishops yesterday. Source: CNA.

Synod members ‘share the journey’ with migrants, refugees
Given what is going on in his country and throughout Central America, a Honduran bishop said he had to join the “Share the Journey” campaign of Caritas Internationalis. Source: Crux.

Bishops call for Britain to reform prison system
A new report on sentencing reform issued by the English and Welsh bishops has challenged the British Government to reduce the country’s prison population. Source: Crux

Transfer asylum-seekers on Nauru to Australia: Vinnies
The St Vincent de Paul Society has urged the federal Government to immediately remove asylum-seeker children and their families from Nauru, following an escalation in reports of catastrophic mental and physical challenges.

Prison Sunday to focus on youth justice
Inspired by the Church's Year of Youth in Australia, the focus of Prison Sunday on November 11 will be youth justice and juvenile detention. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Lack of progress fighting hunger shameful: Pope
At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and solidarity” enough to feed the world’s poor, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

Call to make St Oscar ‘doctor of the Church’
Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador has asked Pope Francis to proclaim St Oscar Romero the Church’s first Latin American “doctor of the Church”. Source: Crux. more

Church needs to ‘understand struggle of gender transition’
The Church needed to hear the struggles of a young man’s emotional conflict with gender transition and not “close the door” on him, Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has told a business breakfast. Source: Townsville Bulletin.

Australia pushes to ban death penalty
Australia will lead a push to stop pregnant women, children and people with mental or intellectual disabilities being handed the death penalty as a step towards its global abolition. Source:

Separated asylum-seeker families launch legal action
Pressure is building on the Morrison Government to resolve the position of asylum-seekers in offshore detention as a legal case against the Commonwealth is launched. Source: ABC News.

Housing stress keeps one in six kids in poverty
One in six Australian children is living in poverty, according to a new report to be released today at the start of Anti-Poverty Week. Source: The Guardian.

Vinnies CEO calls for action on housing affordability crisis
Sydney is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis, says St Vincent de Paul Society NSW chief Jack de Groot. Source: Daily Telegraph.

NATSICC assembly explores faith, spirituality and culture
Australia’s First Peoples gathered in Perth last week to explore the strong connections between faith, spirituality and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Former child soldier fights for refugees
A former refugee turned activist and author has delivered the MercyCare Oration in Perth, telling of her childhood experience of living in war-torn Cambodia. Source: The eRecord.

Indigenous voices heard in 'yarning circles'
Participants of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council assembly have contributed to the Plenary Council through the traditional format of the "yarning circle", writes Lana Turvey-Collins. Source: PlenaryPost.

Vinnies in new drive to help homeless
“Drive-In, Sleep-In” is a new community event that focuses on those whose only option is to sleep in their car. Source: The eRecord.

Long, difficult and winding road to recognition
Regardless of previous discussions about Indigenous constitutional recognition, we all need to accept that the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart is the new starting point, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

 courtesy CathNews.

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