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Country towns recording rises in homelessness

Australia’s country towns are experiencing rising homelessness as rents skyrocket, vacancy rates plummet and people on low incomes find themselves unable to afford a home. Source: The Age.


Zelenskyy bans religious organisations in Ukraine loyal to Moscow

Ukrainian authorities have announced a ban on religious organisations “affiliated with centres of influence” in Russia and said an examination would be made of potential ties between Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches. Source: Crux.

Religious Freedom

Asia Bibi appeals for protection for Pakistan’s blasphemy victims 

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic woman who escaped death for alleged blasphemy and now lives in Canada, has appealed for the protection of victims of blasphemy laws in her country. Source: UCA News.


Territory governments regain right to make euthanasia laws

Laws restricting the ACT and Northern Territory from legislating on voluntary euthanasia have been repealed after more than two decades in place. Source: The Australian.


Report shows Columbans making child safety a priority

A safeguarding audit report of the St Columbans Mission Society published today by Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd has found the order is well progressed in its implementation of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

Human Rights Modern Slavery

Church in Australia ‘making a difference’ in fight against modern slavery

Today is the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Globally, Catholics have been called by Pope Francis to take action to end all forms of modern slavery. Source: Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network.


Brisbane launches Centre for Catholic Formation

Strong demand to learn more about the Catholic faith and how to share it with others has sparked Brisbane Archdiocese to launch the Centre for Catholic Formation, with courses on offer from early next year. Source: The Catholic Leader.


Broken Bay awards program tackles major teacher shortage

A new campaign to address the unprecedented teacher shortage has seen 22 pre-service teachers awarded a total of $205,000 in scholarships and secure placements to Catholic Schools Broken Bay for 2023 and beyond.


New café serving on-the-job training with a twist

A new café in Torquay, Victoria, is giving local residents with disability job skills opportunities – with an intergenerational twist. Source: VMCH.