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Catechesis Pope Francis

To be an apostle is to serve, not move up Church’s hierarchy: Pope

Being an apostle does not mean climbing up the Church’s hierarchy to look down on others but humbling oneself in a spirit of service, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.

Europe

Pope’s top aide says Germany can’t proceed with blessing same-sex unions

The Vatican’s Secretary of State said there’s a need for dialogue with the German bishops after a recent vote in favour of blessing same-sex unions, insisting that the move does not align with official Catholic doctrine. Source: Crux.

Abuse crisis

Abuse a clear and present danger: Pope

Establishing clear procedures for protecting vulnerable people against abuse “must become a priority in every local church”, Pope Francis has told a Latin American congress. Source: NCR Online.

First Nations Religious Orders

Religious say Voice to Parliament  ‘important stepping stone’

An Indigenous Voice to Parliament is an “important stepping stone” towards “respectful engagement, treaty-making and truth-telling”, says a Catholic Religious Australia council member.

Appeal Charity

Project Compassion supports Indigenous ‘Young Mums and Bubs’ group

Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion this week highlights the work of Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation’s Young Mums and Bubs Group, which supports women with practical support and mentoring.

Refugees

Parishioners launch campaign to keep family together

Adelaide refugee advocates are urging the Albanese Government to intervene in the case of a Sri Lankan asylum-seeker facing deportation next month despite his wife and child having the right to remain in Australia under recent changes to immigration policy. Source: The Southern Cross.

Appointment

Sacred Heart Mission chief named president of ACOSS

Hang Vo, the chief executive of Melbourne homeless service Sacred Heart Mission, has been announced as the new president of the Australian Council of Social Service.

Education

It’s thumbs up for Perth’s Catholic schools 

National Catholic Education director Jacinta Collins has visited a number of Perth Catholic schools to see how Catholic education is serving families across Western Australia. Source: Catholic Education WA.

China Vatican

Vatican negotiating with China to make agreement ‘work better’

The Vatican’s foreign minister has said that the Vatican-China deal was “not the best deal possible” and that negotiations are underway to make the deal “work better”. Source: CNA.