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Pope Francis

Pope discusses Church division, women, abortion

In a new interview, Pope Francis decried Church polarisation, ruled out women priests and emphasised the importance of the ministry of individual bishops over the role of a bishops conference. Source: CNS.

Appeal Ukraine

Bishops encourage Australian Catholics to show their support

The country’s bishops are encouraging Catholics to respond to the call from the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia to provide financial support to people in the war-torn nation as winter arrives. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Social Services Welfare

Catholic sector welcomes plan to establish welfare payments panel

Catholic Social Services Australia has welcomed Albanese Government plans to establish an independent panel to annually review support payments such as JobSeeker and parenting payments ahead of each federal Budget.

Indigenous Politics

Nationals to oppose Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s hopes of securing bipartisan support for a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous Voice to Parliament have been dashed after the Nationals said they would oppose the proposal in a referendum. Source: The Australian.

Lecture Social Teaching

Pope wants us to behave ‘like the siblings we are’

The Church’s current social teaching is profoundly rooted in the Second Vatican Council and oriented to the urgent needs of today, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ said in the Australian Cardijn Institute’s annual lecture. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Appointment Families

Centacare appoints new leadership team

Child protection and family support services specialist Leanne Haddad has been appointed director of Centacare Catholic Family Services in South Australia. Source: The Southern Cross.

Education

Virtual classes help regional schools expand

A virtual learning model is supporting the expansion of two schools in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese. Source: Catholic Voice.

Finance Vatican

Vatican offers guidelines for ethical investing

No investment of money is morally neutral; “either God’s kingdom is being advanced by the assets we deploy, or it is being neglected and undermined”, said a new Vatican document. Source: Franciscan Media.

Europe

Dutch acolyte wears his faith on his sleeve

For one day only, St Nicholas Basilica in Amsterdam turned into the workplace of tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher. The well-known Dutch artist tattooed his recently auctioned image of St Nicholas on the forearm of the lucky winner. Source: Crux.