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Charity Refugees

Vinnies backs Greens bill on asylum-seekers

The St Vincent de Paul Society says it welcomes the introduction of a bill to Federal Parliament supporting the transfer to Australia of the remaining asylum-seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

Charity People

Caritas worker discusses ‘forgotten crisis’ with Pope Francis

Lulu Mitshabu, Caritas Australia’s program coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among 40 aid workers to meet with Pope Francis during his visit to the African nation last week.

Politics Victoria

Victorian Government looks to drop Lord’s Prayer

As the Victorian Parliament returns for 2023, MPs will once again rise to the Lord’s Prayer regardless of their religious beliefs. But days appear numbered for the long-standing tradition. Source: SBS News.

Mental Health Victoria

Mental health workers say Victoria’s suicide spike happening nationally

Victoria has recorded its highest number of annual suicides since the Coroner’s Court started collecting suicide data in 2000, with mental health workers saying the trend is occurring nationally. Source: The Guardian.

Central America

Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences priest to 10 years in prison

A priest has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the alleged crimes of “conspiracy” and “spreading fake news” to the detriment of the Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship. Source: CNA.

East Asia

New South Korean envoy to Vatican reaffirms peace efforts

South Korea’s newly appointed ambassador to the Holy See has reiterated the nation’s commitment to hold peace talks with North Korea aimed at reconciliation and unification in the Korean Peninsula. Source: UCA News.

Bishops Oceania Synod

Opening Mass celebrated for Oceania bishops assembly

A Mass steeped in Fijian spirituality and tradition has opened the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania assembly – a gathering its president hopes will turn “a new page” in the bishops’ shared mission.


Video library brings evangelisation into the digital world

The Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry has launched a new online resource designed to enable more people to easily access formational Australian Catholic video content. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


Safeguarding expert’s meetings with local leaders ‘an encouraging opportunity’

International safeguarding expert Fr Hans Zollner SJ says his latest visit to Australia has been an encouraging opportunity to strengthen the global network of individuals committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable people from abuse.