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HIgher Education

ACU to use $45m grant to establish STEM centre

Australian Catholic University will establish a STEM Centre of Education Excellence at its Strathfield campus after securing a $45 million New South Wales Government grant.

In The Dioceses

Lay leader to head Adelaide pastoral council

Former South Australian Catholic education leader Monica Conway has been appointed as the inaugural chair of Adelaide’s Diocesan Pastoral Council. Source: The Southern Cross.

Africa Pope Francis

Pope’s presence ‘strengthened desire for peace’ in South Sudan

Brisbane Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said there was electricity in the crowd at Pope Francis’ Mass in Juba, South Sudan, on Sunday. Source: The Catholic Leader.


JobSeeker increase would raise millions out of poverty: Anglicare

A new Anglicare Australia report has found that increasing the unemployment payment to $88 a day would help lift more than two million Australians out of poverty. Source: SBS News.


L’Arche transcends crimes of its founder

Despite the revelations of abuse by its founder Jean Vanier, the communities of L’Arche have remained intact and welcoming with safety protocols in place, writes Fr Justin Glyn SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

South East Asia

Church slams bid to tighten Japan’s immigration law

Catholic bishops in Japan have collected more than 100,000 signatures in a campaign against the possible tightening of the country’s immigration law, calling it oppressive to refugees and immigrants. Source: UCA News.


Synodality, mission lead Oceania bishops’ Tuesday agenda

The bishops of Oceania were challenged to take up the path of synodality and be prepared to confront a “silent earthquake” in the Church on the third day of their quadrennial assembly in Fiji. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Aged Care

Catholic sector calls for wealthy to pay more for aged care

Wealthier Australians should contribute more for their aged care to make sure providers can remain open and the sector can survive to provide for those who can least afford it, says Catholic Health Australia.

Charity Disaster

Caritas responds to catastrophic earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

Caritas agencies are responding to a powerful and deadly earthquake in southeast Türkiye and Syria, where thousands of lives have been lost and the death toll increases by the hour.