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Media Pope Francis Youth

Pope talks abortion, LGBTQ rights with young people in new documentary

“It’s boring to talk to a priest,” Pope Francis said with a smile as he began an upfront and informal conversation with 10 young people in Rome on their questions about faith and issues within the Church. Source: OSV News.

Film Review

Likeable sports dramedy a slam dunk

In Champions, an aggressive basketball coach caught drink-driving is sentenced to 90 days of community service – coaching a group of people with disabilities. Source: Jesuit Media.

First Nations Politics

Labor and Coalition strike deal on management of Voice referendum

The Albanese Government has struck a deal with the Coalition on legislation setting out how this year’s planned referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament will be managed. Source: ABC News.

Families Mental Health

Former convent transformed into ‘place of healing’ for struggling parents

Mothers and families experiencing severe postnatal depression and other mental illnesses will be cared for, with their babies, in Queensland’s first dedicated perinatal mental health centre. Source: The Australian. 

New South Wales

Sydney Archdiocese condemns violence outside parish event

Sydney Archdiocese has condemned violent behaviour on Tuesday by protesters outside St Michael’s, Belfield, describing it as “unacceptable”. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Pope Francis Prayer

Pope urges renewed consecration of Ukraine and Russia to Mary

Pope Francis has urged believers to renew the consecration of humanity – especially Russia and Ukraine – to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Source: Vatican News.

Digital Life Schools

Melbourne Catholic schools embrace use of AI tool

Catholic schools in Melbourne are being encouraged to harness artificial intelligence writing tool ChatGPT for teaching and assessment – instead of banning it, as state schools have. Source: The Age.

Education Religion

Illuminate project lights the way for religious education

A religious education project operating in some Toowoomba Catholic schools is “lighting the way” for teachers to foster the religious life of their school.

Health United States

Catholic health care institutions in US ‘should not perform gender transitions’

The United States bishops have issued new guidance that Catholic health care institutions must not perform gender transition interventions, whether surgical or chemical, on a person regardless of their age. Source: Crux.