Catholic and independent schools reignite feud over Government funding

1. “There are countless examples of independent schools that have the same SES as Catholic schools where Healthcare Card, levels of educational disadvantage, school fees and other data demonstrates that these ‘like’ schools are in fact serving demographically very different groups of families.

2. According to ISCA’s census data, 56 per cent of students who attend Catholic schools hail from middle-income families earning between $52,000 and $156,000, compared with 45 per cent for the independent sector.

3. The funding feud between Catholic and independent schools has been reignited today with the first meeting of a board reviewing how the Commonwealth resources schools.

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‘Crucified cow’ on display at center of Catholic church, locals outraged

1. The “artist” went through the grueling process of actually nailing the 500 kg corpse of a cow to a cross before covering it with silicone paint: it is the resulting mold that hangs, “crucified” in the center of the church as a sneering mockery of one of the most sacred images of the Catholic faith: that of the crucified God and Saviour of mankind.

2. November 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Local Catholics in a Belgian town are outraged as a cruciform cow has been erected as art at the center of a consecrated Catholic church.

3. The statement was published on November 7 and was not followed by any form of action on the part of the Catholic diocese of Hasselt to put an end to the defilement of the image of the crucified Christ in a church that, to LifeSite’s knowledge, still belongs to it.

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Join fight against ‘titans of technology’, UK union chief urges Catholics

1. The “global titans of technology” are forcing workers into a form of slavery, Britain’s trade union chief will tell Catholic and labour movement leaders at the Vatican on Friday.

2. The Vatican meeting follows a speech delivered by Pope Francis in June to the Italian Confederation of Workers’ Unions, in which he said: “The capitalism of our time does not understand the value of trade unions, because it has forgotten the social nature of economy, of business.

3. The church and the unions “share values of community, dignity and social solidarity … Together we can improve working lives and put dignity for working people ahead of market forces and freedom of capital.

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/11/17

1. Pope Francis held a prayer vigil for peace in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday.

2. St John Paul II predicted an Islamist “invasion” of Europe, a confidant has said.

3. More than a million refugees have fled the civil war in South Sudan (AP).

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Irish Catholic priest urges Christians to abandon the word Christmas

1. A registered psychologist and author as well as an Oblate priest, O’Donnell saidthe meaning of Christmas had eroded over time and become commercialised.

2. An Irish Catholic priest has called for Christians to stop using the word Christmas because it has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer”.

3. “We’ve lost Christmas, just like we lost Easter, and should abandon the word completely,” O’Donnell told the Belfast Telegraph.

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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/11/17

1. Gossip “destroys” dioceses, Pope Francis has said in an address to the Apostolic Confederation for the Clergy.

2. The Pope has reportedly approved the construction of a new Syriac church in Istanbul.

3. Iraq needs a new constitution to guarantee religious freedom, Bishop Shlemon Warduni has said.

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Live Updates: Frankenmuth takes on Grand Rapids West Catholic in Division 5 semi

1. Grand Rapids West Catholic will try to reach Ford Field again, while Frankenmuth hopes to get to the state finals for the first time in school history when the two teams meet in a Division 5 semifinal game.

2. West Catholic has won the last four Division 5 state titles and heads into Saturday’s semifinal with a 9-2 records, losing to Jackson Lumen Christi and Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

3. Grand Rapids West Catholic (10-2) vs. Frankenmuth (12-0).

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Room for many more banks in India, says Catholic Syrian Bank CEO

1. There is room for many more banks in India, given the population and needs, said Rajendran, and contrasted the situation with that of the US where the number of banks had come down from 8,000 to 5,000 after mergers.

2. He said banks had to do both and pointed out that if banks choose to ignore commercial banking, they would find that the social sector would not actually be able to absorb everything.

3. He pointed out public-sector banks still sanction a loan while private banks sell a loan.

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Catholics, Protestants seek reconciliation after Reformation

1. An ecumenical prayer service will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Nov. 21 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

2. Travis Heying The Wichita Eagle

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