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Vatican

Pope issues new constitution for Vatican City State

Pope Francis has issued a new constitution of the Vatican City State that further emphasises the power of the Pope over the sovereign state. Source: CNA.

Ethics Science

Ethicists warn birth of ‘three-parent baby’ comes at high moral cost

Catholic ethicists greeted the news that the first baby has been born in the United Kingdom after being conceived via a “three-parent” embryo modification technique with caution and strong criticism. Source: NCR Register.

Health

Archdiocese ramps up campaign against hospital takeover plan

The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese is ramping up a campaign against the ACT Government’s planned takeover of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Source: Canberra Times.

Migrants Pope Francis Refugees

People should be free to choose, not forced, to migrate: Pope

Everyone should be free – not forced – to leave their homeland, to remain in their new host nation and to return to their country of origin, Pope Francis says in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Source: CNS.

Modern Slavery

Human trafficking survivors benefit from Budget

Catholic organisations working to eradicate modern slavery have praised measures in the Budget to support victims and survivors of human trafficking and the establishment of a national anti-slavery commissioner. 

Housing Politics

Greens join Coalition to block vote on housing fund vote

The Greens and Coalition have joined forces in a move that leaves the Albanese Government’s $10 billion housing policy plans at a major roadblock. Source: ABC News.

Evangelisation

Evangelist wants Catholics to ‘break the silence’ about Jesus

Evangelist and best-selling author Sherry Weddell wants Australian Catholics to “break the silence” about Jesus. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Prayer

HeartFELT call to join Rosary crusade 

Sydney Catholic Bridget Sakr is so convinced of the power of prayer she is leading a call to raise 100,000 pledges to pray a daily Rosary during this month for the protection of every Australian. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Ecumenism Saints

Pope includes Coptic Orthodox martyrs in Catholic compendium of saints

Pope Francis has inserted 21 Coptic Orthodox martyrs killed by ISIS into the Church’s formal martyrology, marking one of the rare occasions in which non-Catholics have been approved for veneration in the Catholic Church. Source: Crux.