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Pope Francis Seafarers

Pope encourages Stella Maris in apostolate to seafarer

Pope Francis has urged Stella Maris to never waver in highlighting issues affecting seafarers, pointing out challenges faced by the maritime community in his address to the 25th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea. Source: Vatican News.

Pope Francis World

Pope prays for football stampede victims

As Indonesian police come under mounting criticism after at least 125 people died in a soccer stadium stampede on Saturday, Pope Francis prayed for the victims. Source: UCA News.


Prayer is our weapon of response: Burkina Faso cardinal

As insecurity and political chaos continue in Burkina Faso, Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo called for prayers as the best way out of the crises for the West African country. Source: Crux.

Pope Francis Ukraine

Pope appeals to Putin for immediate ceasefire

Pope Francis yesterday made a direct appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin for an immediate ceasefire, imploring him to end the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine. Source: CNA.


New document to guide next phase of Synod

A group of experts, including several Australians, has met in Rome to draft the working document of the continental phase of the global Synod on Synodality. Source: NCR Online.


Australian joins pontifical safeguarding commission

Pope Francis has named Australian Missionaries of the Sacred Heart priest Fr Tim Brennan as one of 10 new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Source: OSV.


Ageism ‘most accepted’ form of prejudice in Australia

Ageism is more common and socially accepted than sexism and racism and shuts people out of the labour market and into poverty, according to the sector’s prime advocate, Kay Patterson. Source: The Australian.


Vinnies backs call for urgent reform of housing agreement

The St Vincent de Paul Society has backed the Productivity Commission’s call for urgent reform of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, which governs Commonwealth funding to the states for housing services.


Dioceses look to Ireland to fill gaps in regional schools

Education leaders from two regional Victorian dioceses will travel to Ireland this week in a bid to recruit teachers for local schools, as the struggle to fill vacancies continues. Source: Bendigo Advertiser.