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Papal Trip

Pope Francis will visit Mongolia in September

Pope Francis has confirmed he will travel to Mongolia in September, becoming the first pope to visit the Asian nation, which is home to a cardinal and about 1300 Catholics. Source: CNS.

Cost Of Living

Bishops call for urgent action to address cost-of-living pressures

Financial pressures on low- and middle-income families have made responding to the cost of living one of the country’s most important and urgent policy issues, Australia’s bishops told the Senate Select Committee on the Cost of Living. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Indigenous

Voice should advise ministers only: Brennan

Jesuit priest and author Frank Brennan has told a joint select committee the Indigenous Voice should be able to advise executive government via ministers only. Source: The Australian.

Synod

‘Experts from five continents’ begin drafting working document

A committee of 22 people, including two Australians, this week kicked off the writing process for the Synod on Synodality’s working document that will be the blueprint for discussions during the meeting of bishops in October. Source: CNA.

In The Dioceses

Archbishop Costelloe announces Diocesan Assembly for Perth

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has announced the convening of a diocesan assembly in September this year. Source: The eRecord.

Aged Care

Fast-tracked government reforms blamed for aged care closures

Two hundred aged care residents will soon be looking for new accommodation, with providers saying fast-tracked reforms have forced the closure of three Sydney homes. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Project Compassion

Caritas thanks schools and parishes for ‘helping to build a better tomorrow’

Caritas Australia says its annual Lenten fundraiser Project Compassion has been a success this year thanks to the dedication and support of more than 1700 schools and 1200 parishes across the country. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Homelessness

Premier to sleep rough in support of homelessness services

Chris Minns will be the first New South Wales premier to brave the cold alongside top business leaders when he takes part in the annual Vinnies CEO winter sleepout. Source: CountryNews/AAP.

Film Review

Ukrainian fantasy adventure created in a war zone

Made in Ukraine under difficult conditions, Mavka: The Forest Song tells the story of Mavka, a female character drawn from Ukrainian legends who stands for peace and love above hate, and good will above evil. Source: Jesuit Media.