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Health fears for asylum-seekers on Manus and PNG
A report has revealed the asylum-seekers who remain on Manus Island are in a dire mental and physical condition, while a Salesian priest in Papua New Guinea says the men there are losing hope. Source: SBS News.

Catholics urged to help eradicate domestic violence
Australian Church leaders are backing Pope Francis’ condemnation of domestic violence and are encouraging Catholics to help eradicate violence against women – which has claimed dozens of lives this year. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees on the move
Pope Francis has shifted the Church’s annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees from January to September, Holy See spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement yesterday. Source: Vatican News.

Praying for the release of asylum-seekers on Nauru
Christians gathered in Adelaide’s Mary MacKillop Plaza for an ecumenical prayer vigil to encourage the Morrison Government to release refugee children being held in detention on Nauru. Source: The Southern Cross.

Agencies urge governments to end 'entrenched disadvantage'
Intergenerational welfare dependency cannot be addressed without first fixing factors affecting entrenched disadvantage, according to the Church’s peak national bodies for social services.

Hostile reception for caravan in Tijuana
The first participants in the caravan of Central Americans arriving in Tijuana, Mexico, were met with hostility as residents of an affluent neighbourhood confronted migrants wanting to camp on a beach near the US-Mexico border. Source: Crux.

Injustice is the perverse root of poverty: Pope
As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS

Health providers focus on anti-slavery measures
Many of Australia’s largest Catholic health care providers will gather across three cities today to hear how they can "slavery-proof" their supply chains and better treat people who have been trafficked. Source: ACRATH.

Parishes support World Day of the Poor
Parishes throughout Australia are answering Pope Francis’ call to mark World Day of the Poor on Sunday by hosting community events to support those in need. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Everyone needs a place to call home: Falzon
A massive funding injection is needed into social housing and homeless services, says the former head of the St Vincent de Paul Society, John Falzon. Source: The Advocate.

Senate rejects bid to fast-track asylum-seeker claims
The Senate has rejected a bid by Peter Dutton to subject 108 asylum-seekers in Australia to a fast-track refugee application process that limits their rights of appeal. Source: The Guardian.

Children to be sent back to Nauru
Scott Morrison says child refugees relocated from Nauru to Australia for medical attention will be sent back to the offshore processing centre. Source: The Australian.

PNG bishops question expense of hosting APEC
The Papua New Guinea Catholic Bishops Conference says it is concerned at the government’s huge spending on APEC, given the country’s limited resources. Source: Radio NZ.

ACTU calls for anti-slavery commissioner
An anti-slavery commissioner is needed to clamp down on corrupt business practices, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Source: SBS News.

Lack of clean water humanity’s shame: Pope
In a message to an international conference held in Rome on Friday, Pope Francis lamented the fact that many parts of the world do have access to clean water. Source: Vatican News.

Pacific funding ignores climate change: Caritas
The Morrison Government’s announcement that it will expand its assistance to the Pacific is welcome but misses an opportunity to address other needs in the region, says Caritas Australia.

‘See the world through the eyes of God’
When Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mercy Sister Denise Coghlan speaks to schoolgirls she encourages them to be part of a world that is bigger than themselves and gives everybody a fair go. Source: The Catholic Leader.

New youth detention centres ‘must be fast tracked’
An incident at Darwin's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre this week is further evidence that new youth detention facilities must be fast-tracked in the Northern Territory, says Jesuit Social Services.

Nauru children: Why did we wait so long?
The Morrison Government’s assurance that it will move most of the remaining refugee children from Nauru by the end of the year is welcome, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton. Source: Eureka Street.

Report queries effectiveness of Welfare to Work
The federal Government’s “Welfare to Work” policy designed to move people off single parent payments and into employment is not achieving its aims according to new research. Source: Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.

Border Force ‘denies’ baby Isabella a church baptism
Australian Border Force is preventing a baby who was born in immigration detention and is still there seven months later from being baptised in a church, according to the family and a Melbourne priest. Source: The Guardian.

PNG Catholics urge Australia to resettle refugees
A Papua New Guinea panel, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, has called for Australia to resettle the Manus refugees by Christmas. Source: Radio NZ.

All asylum-seeker children to leave Nauru
The Morrison Government plans to have all children of asylum-seekers still on Nauru relocated to Australia by the end of the year. Source: The Australian.

Seeking asylum not a crime: US Catholic leaders
As a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continues its trek north to the United States, the US bishops and Catholic aid agencies have urged government officials to treat migrants compassionately. Source: CNA.

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