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Pope Francis

Pope goes to hospital for ‘diagnostic tests’

After telling people at his general audience, “I’m still a bit sick”, and having aides read most of his prepared remarks, Pope Francis yesterday paid a brief visit to Rome’s Gemelli Isola Hospital for “diagnostic tests”, the Vatican press office confirmed. Source: NCR Online.


Parties commit to conscience vote on NT euthanasia bill

If a bill to legalise euthanasia was presented to the Northern Territory Parliament today, only 40 per cent of NT politicians would actively support it. Source: NT News.


Leap of faith: Easter’s role in the development of leap year

The leap year is a well-known quirk in the Gregorian calendar by which much of the world organises itself, but the part played by the Church’s Easter celebrations in the development of the leap year is less known. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Aged Care

New online tool reveals how aged care homes spend taxpayer money

Aged care residents and their families will be able to see exactly how their home spends their money on food, care and services through a new online tool the Albanese Government says will hold providers to account for how they spend taxpayer money. Source: The Guardian.

Gambling Politics

Australia should have ‘Murphy’s law’ gambling ad ban by now: Costello

Australia’s most prominent anti-gambling advocate is disappointed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has not announced a betting crackdown before the Dunkley byelection to honour the legacy of the seat’s former MP, Peta Murphy. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

For The Diary

Spiritual advisor to Synod on Synodality to lecture in Sydney

Sydney Archdiocese’s “Scholarship at the Cathedral” series will host two Dominican speakers in back-to-back sessions in March. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Middle East Ukraine Vatican

Prospect of EU military intervention in Ukraine ‘frightening’

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that Europe could send ground troops to Ukraine opens a “frightening scenario”. Source: Vatican News.

Migrants United States

Texas suing ministries serving migrants and refugees

The Texas Attorney-General is suing a network of Church-related ministries to migrants and refugees after one of them – Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas – refused to surrender records about the people it serves. Source: The Tablet.


Bishop reaffirms Freemasonry incompatible with Catholicism

After participating in a seminar on the Church and the Freemasons, an Italian bishop reaffirmed that Catholics who belong to Masonic lodges are in a “serious state of sin” and cannot receive Communion. Source: OSV News.