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Nicaraguan bishop back in jail after refusing exile

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos has been sent back to prison after negotiations between the Nicaraguan bishops and the government of dictator Daniel Ortega broke down, Nicaraguan news sources reported. Source: CNA.


Cost-of-living and ‘brutal’ housing market forcing more onto the streets

The housing and cost-of-living crises have seen a 34 per cent increase in rough sleepers in the past year, with Vinnies saying almost a third of those seeking help are doing so for the first time. Source: ABC News.

Abuse crisis Crime

Convicted paedophile pleads guilty to another offence

One of Australia’s worst paedophile priests, Gerald Ridsdale, has pleaded guilty to another historical sexual crime after a 72nd victim came forward. Source: The Australian.

Pope Francis Ukraine

Pope Francis sends new cargo of humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Pope Francis is sending his Apostolic Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, to Ukraine on his sixth humanitarian mission to bring closeness and a cargo of humanitarian aid. Source: Vatican News.

Cost Of Living

Lights out for growing number of households struggling to pay power bills

The number of Australian households struggling to pay their electricity bills has grown by 50 per cent in just one year, with falling temperatures and rising prices pushing more families to the edge. Source: Daily Telegraph.


‘They are your brothers and sisters’: Catholics pray for refugees

Catholics across Australia gathered online this week for a prayer service for Refugee Week and were encouraged to look around their local parish and pay attention to those who have fled their homes in search of a new life. Source: Melbourne Catholic.


Pope tells young scientists to seek surprises in scientific discovery

Scientists studying the cosmos should be willing to be surprised by what their research reveals about the immensity and complexity of the universe, Pope Francis has told a group of rising astronomers. Source: CNS.


Synod document calls for a welcoming Church that embraces diversity

Synod of Bishops assembly members will be asked to find ways to build community, encourage the contribution of every baptised person and strengthen the Church’s primary mission of Gospel-sharing, said the working document for the October gathering. Source: CNS.


Diaconate council for Parramatta a first in Australia

In a first for the Catholic Church in Australia, the Diocese of Parramatta has become home to the first-ever Diaconate Council. Source: Catholic Outlook.