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Church Life Research

National survey shows Australia’s Catholics are online and multicultural

A new report has shed light on the changing nature of the Catholic Church in Australia, with more of the faithful shifting online and worshipping in non-English languages. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Cost Of Living Politics

Albanese ends second year with living cost appeal

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will tell Australian voters hit hard by the rising cost of living that he feels their pain and has not forgotten what it is like to “struggle and strive”. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Charity

Caritas gets aid to Gaza, but more access needed

Caritas Australia’s partners have reported a successful delivery of supplies to support 2,500 families in northern Gaza, after aid access to the war-torn region had dwindled to its lowest level since October.

Saints

Pope Francis recognises Blessed Carlo miracle

Pope Francis has recognised a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, paving the way for him to become the first millennial saint. Source: CNA.

Digital Life HIgher Education

Computer science course delivers cutting-edge skills

The University of Notre Dame Australia is launching a cutting-edge computer science program that gives students the opportunity to become experts in artificial intelligence, cyber security and data science.

Children Reflection

Humbly walking with God, SpongeBob and kids

It is my hope that World Children’s Day will enrich parish children’s ministries in the same way that World Youth Day enriches youth ministries, writes Kate Moriarty. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

United Nations Vatican

Modern warfare ignores civilian safe havens

The Holy See has reiterated its urgent call for the effective protection of those who face greater risks during conflict, including aid and health care workers, religious, journalists, displaced persons, women, children, and persons with disabilities. Source: Vatican News.

United Kingdom

Care for the poor key to election, UK Catholics urged

After British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a snap general election, Catholics have been urged to campaign on issues around “caring for the poorest and most marginalised people both here and overseas”. Source: The Tablet.

Film Review

Heart-warming adventure with imaginary friends

“IF” is an American live-action fantasy film about a young girl who begins to see imaginary friends who have been left behind as their real-life friends have grown up. Source: Australian Catholics.