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New Zealand

Catholic school makes room for cyclone-hit state school students

A small Catholic school in a cyclone-hit region of New Zealand has doubled its student population by opening its doors to accommodate the local state school students. Source: NZ Catholic.


Dominican Sister to head Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Pope Francis has named Dominican Sister Helen Alford, dean of the faculty of social sciences at the Angelicum University in Rome president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Source: CNS.

Cost Of Living

Catholic Church backs 7.2 per cent minimum wage increase

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has told the Fair Work Commission a 7.2 per cent increase in the minimum wage is needed to protect workers at risk of poverty – and analysis shows it is affordable.

Family Violence Research

Two-thirds of abused children face more than one type of maltreatment

Australian-first research into the prevalence of childhood maltreatment has revealed almost two-thirds of children who experience any child abuse or neglect have been subjected to more than one type. Source: ACU.


Voice debate a conversation about the nation’s soul

Australians must have their say on Voice to Parliament legislation “respectfully and cautiously” because “we are talking about the nation’s soul”, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: The Australian.

In The Dioceses

Nuncio receives warm Kimberley welcome

The Apostolic Nuncio to Australia Archbishop Charles Balvo has visited a number of remote communities in the Diocese of Broome, describing his time there as one of “encounter”.

Religious Freedom Schools

Queensland anti-discrimination law changes to affect religious schools

New laws making it harder for religious schools to sack LGBTQ+ teachers and staff living out of wedlock will be introduced in Queensland by the end of the year. Source: The Australian.

Charity Leadership

New Vinnies NSW boss committed to mission of ‘radical inclusivity’

The newly appointed chief executive officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, Yolanda Saiz, says she is looking forward to bringing the organisation’s mission of ‘radical inclusivity’ to life in providing care to people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Aid Ukraine

Women’s group supports parishioner’s work to bring New Dawn to Ukraine

Members of an Adelaide Catholic Women’s League group have been raising money for local parishioner Maurice O’Connell, who recently returned to Ukraine to continue volunteering for a local aid organisation. Source: The Southern Cross.