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Budget

Voters back migration cuts, but no Budget bounce

Australians have responded to the federal Budget with voters backing the case for lower migration and mixed reactions to the Albanese Government’s cost-of-living measures, according to two polls released today. Source: The Age and The Australian. 

Opinion Palliative Care

Palliative care needs greater support and vision: CHA

National Palliative Care Week (May 19-25) provides an important opportunity to raise awareness about palliative care, in particular the top-quality physical and spiritual care offered by Catholic providers all over Australia, writes Bridget Meney. Source: Catholic Health Australia.

Supernatural Vatican

Vatican sets new rules on ‘supernatural’ occurrences

In a new crackdown aimed to prevent scams and heresies, the Vatican has updated its guidelines for reviewing apparitions, visions and alleged revelations, reaffirming that only a pope can formally deem something to be “supernatural”. Source: NCR Online.

Anniversary In The Dioceses

Cathedral’s story shapes faithful people of Queensland

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge led hundreds of students, teachers, clergy, religious, church workers, parishioners, dignitaries and guests in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the blessing and dedication of St Stephen’s Cathedral. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Cyber safety

Children’s social media access under the spotlight

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has applauded the South Australian Government on its moves to ban children from social media.  Source: SBS News.

Prayer

Praying for God’s peace and love through Rosary event

Boosting Christian hope and joy are some of the aims of a nationwide Rosary event on Saturday, May 25. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Pope Francis

Gentleness and power found in Holy Spirit: Pope

Christians are called to proclaim the Gospel to everyone with gentleness and the power of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said on Pentecost yesterday. Source: CNA.

Middle East

Cardinal shows solidarity and hope in visit to Gaza

In a previously unpublicised visit, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa entered the Gaza Strip last week, visiting Holy Family Parish on his first pastoral visit since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. Source: OSV News.

Marriage South East Asia

Philippines takes step towards legalising divorce

As the Philippines moved closer to legalising divorce from marriage, a leading Catholic bishop warned that “divorce weakens the fabric of society”. Source: Crux.