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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.


Mentoring program to offer refugee families support

Parishes, school communities and Church agencies in the Brisbane Archdiocese are being invited to welcome and sponsor refugee families as part of a new initiative. Source: The Catholic Leader.


Nicaragua president calls Church a dictatorship

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega blasted Catholic leaders as a “gang of murderers” in comments amping up persecution of the Church and scorning Pope Francis’ call for dialogue in the Central American country. Source: CNS.


US Bible museum returns 1000-year-old Gospel to Greece

A United States museum has returned a valuable 1000-year-old Christian manuscript to a monastery in northern Greece it was looted by Bulgarian forces more than a century ago together with hundreds of other documents and artifacts. Source: Crux.