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Anniversary Middle East

Church ‘never abandoned its people’ during Iraq war

On the 20th anniversary of the outbreak of war in Iraq, the then-apostolic nuncio to the nation recalls his time in Baghdad, where St John Paul II had sent him as a messenger of peace. Source: Vatican News.

Africa

African bishops appeal for help after deadly cyclone

After a deadly tropical cyclone ripped through southern Africa, killing more than 400 people at last count, the Catholic bishops of the region are calling for help to allow those affected to “restore their lost human dignity”. Source: Crux.

Bishops In The Dioceses

Bishop Michael Kennedy installed as Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle 

Bishop Michael Kennedy was installed as the ninth Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle in a liturgical reception at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, on Friday.

Euthanasia

Euthanasia law creates moral dilemma for clergy

The moral dilemma “forced upon” clergy and pastoral carers by the commencement of the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act in South Australia has been highlighted by bioethicist Fr Joseph Parkinson. Source: The Southern Cross.

Education

Half of school principals ‘at risk’ of serious mental health issues 

Escalating threats and violence, punishing workloads and chronic staff shortages have hit school principals hard with an alarming 47.8 per cent triggering “red flag” alerts in 2022, new Australian Catholic University research shows.

Ecology

Bishops Conference’s spirituality day explores ‘integral ecology of the heart’

Staff from its General Secretariat have extended the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s commitment to its Laudato Si’ Action Plan with a spirituality day focused on “An Integral Ecology of the Heart”. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Health

Give nurses and pharmacists a bigger role: Productivity Commission

Governments have created barriers to productivity across the nation’s burgeoning care economy by legislating innovation-stifling staff-to-client ratios and inefficient funding models in health care, the Productivity Commission warns. Source: The Australian.

Housing New South Wales

Housing crisis prompts parties to promise protections for NSW renters

Ahead of the New South Wales state election on Saturday, the Coalition, Labor and the Greens have all agreed to extend protections for renters from forced evictions with no legal appeals. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Pope Francis Sacraments

God lifts us up when we hit rock bottom: Pope

Pope Francis heard confessions at a parish in Rome on Friday and encouraged people to remember that God “holds out his hand and lifts us up whenever we realise that we are ‘hitting rock bottom’”. Source: CNA.