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Health Politics

ACT Parliament passes bill enabling takeover of Calvary hospital

Legislation to enable the compulsory acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce by the ACT Government has passed the territory’s Legislative Assembly after a day of acrimonious debate. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Bishops Ordination

Hundreds gather for ordination of second Syro-Malabar bishop

Hundreds of people gathered last night to celebrate the ordination of Bishop John Panamthottathil CMI as the second shepherd of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle in Melbourne. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


Catholic Education says Victorian Government must end ‘payroll tax grab’ 

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Jacinta Collins said the Victorian Government needs to end the “payroll tax grab” from non-government schools, which could affect about 20,000 Catholic school students and their families.

First Nations Politics

Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum bill passes lower house

The legislation to set up the referendum on enshrining an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution has passed the House of Representatives. Source: ABC News.

Education Employment

Catholic Schools Broken Bay and staff finalise new enterprise agreement

Catholic Schools Broken Bay has finalised a new enterprise agreement with the Independent Education Union covering staff at 44 diocesan schools.

Aged Care

Just one in 10 nursing homes meeting rules on care time

Fewer than 10 per cent of Australia’s nursing homes have enough care workers to meet the new Government-mandated staffing requirements coming into effect in July, aged care analysis has found. Source: The Australian.

Human Rights Pope Francis

Pope calls for end to ‘horror of torture’

Pope Francis has called on the international community to work against torture and to guarantee support to victims and their families. Source: NCR Online.

Europe Saints

Spanish banker killed in 2017 London attack on path to beatification

Spain’s Madrid Archdiocese is pressing for the beatification of a bank employee and skateboard enthusiast who was killed attempting to save passers-by during a 2017 Islamist terror attack in London. Source: OSV News.

Middle East

Iraq’s Christians launch TV channel to help save dying language

Iraq’s shrunken and conflict-scarred Christian community is launching a new television channel as part of efforts to save their dying language, spoken for more than 2000 years. Source: UCA News.