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Education Technology

English teachers split on legitimacy of digital games as a learning tool

More than half of Australian high school English teachers believe digital games are a legitimate text type to use in their teaching programs, but just 15 per cent have done so, Australian Catholic University research shows.

Middle East

Gaza ceasefire to begin tonight ahead of hostage release

Thirteen Israeli women and children will be released in the early hours of Saturday AEDT, the first of 50 to be freed over four days, in what the Vatican calls “a very important” step forward. Source: The Australian/Vatican News.

Plenary Council

Church in Australia carrying forward its pursuit of synodality

One “particular grace” of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia has been its encouragement of many initiatives in the Church across the country, according to a letter to the People of God prepared for the Solemnity of Christ the King. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


Cathedral casts red glow in support of persecuted Christians

St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne was one of many buildings around the world to be lit up red on Wednesday as a large congregation showed prayerful solidarity with the millions of Christians persecuted for their faith. Source: Melbourne Catholic/Facebook.

New South Wales

Minns delays gay conversion laws after pleas for more consultation

The NSW Labor Government has abandoned its promise to introduce new laws this year to outlaw gay conversion practices after church groups and LGBTQ advocates pleaded for more time to ensure the “sensitive” legislation strikes the right balance. Source: SMH.

Conflict Holy Land

Caritas worker and family killed in Gaza air strike

Caritas Australia is mourning the loss of another colleague from the Caritas Network who was killed in a bombing in Gaza.


Productivity Commission calls for three days of free childcare per week

All children in Australia under the age of five should be able to access at least three days of childcare a week regardless of their parents’ work and income circumstances, the Productivity Commission has said. Source: The Guardian.


Brisbane men say ‘yes’ to God’s call to permanent diaconate

Two Brisbane married men, Conrado Medequiso and Paul Jensen, will be ordained to the permanent diaconate at St Stephen’s Cathedral this Saturday. Source: Catholic Leader.


Indian Church ecology summit lauds ‘net zero’ parish

As Pope Francis prepares to take part in the COP-28 climate change summit in Dubai, a national ecological conference in India suggests the Pontiff’s agenda of environmental concern is taking root at the Church’s local level. Source: Crux.