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Religious Freedom

Rise in anti-Semitic incidents ‘tip of iceberg’

The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Australia has jumped by more than 40 per cent in the past two years, with almost 300 cases of verbal abuse or assault reported between 2021 and 2022. Source: The Australian. 


‘Changing times’ sees Melbourne school go co-ed

One of Melbourne’s oldest girls’ schools will welcome its first boys next week, in a shift to co-education that its principal says will bring students into “an environment that more closely resembles the real world”. Source: The Age.


Catholic Mission helping Nilan to realise his mission

A young seminarian is pursuing his own spiritual development to become a future Church leader in Colombo, Sri Lanka, thanks to the support of Catholic Mission. 


Vatican ‘no’ to synodal council reignites row with Church in Germany

In a letter approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican has told the German Synodal Path initiative it does not have the competence to establish a nationwide permanent “synodal council”. Source: The Tablet.

Asia Disability

Japanese service provider ‘mandated’ sterilisation for people with disabilities

Authorities in Japan have ordered local officials to investigate the alleged forced sterilisation of people with disabilities following reports of malpractice by disability care service providers. Source: UCA News.

Film Review

Monstrous maestro faces the music

In Tar, a psychological drama, Australian Cate Blachett plays the role of a conductor and composer preparing to perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Source: Jesuit Media.

Communications Pope Francis

Amid polarisation in Church, we are called to speak truth with charity: Pope

Pope Francis has urged Christians to “speak the truth and to do so with charity” amid polarisation and divisions within the Church. Source: CNA.


Catholic Health Australia outlines social justice priorities for 2023

Catholic Health Australia has outlined four key areas on which it will build its focus and efforts in social justice over the next year.

Cost Of Living

Senate inquiry to probe cost of living, ‘the number one issue’ for Australians

Supermarket giants, energy producers and other major industries will front an inquiry into Australia’s cost-of-living crisis amid calls for the Albanese Government to do more to assist struggling households and business. Source: The Daily Telegraph.