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Pope sends prayers to Congo church attack victims

Pope Francis has conveyed his sorrow and closeness to the families of the dead and wounded after a deadly bomb attack on a Pentecostal church in north-eastern Congo killed nearly 20 people over the weekend. Source: Crux.


Vatican launches School of Arts and Trades for artisans of the future

The Vatican body that oversees the conservation and maintenance of St Peter’s Basilica has launched a new School of Arts and Trades to offer technical formation for future stonemasons, carpenters and marble craftspeople. Source: Vatican News.

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Church in Oceania prepares response to Synod of Bishops report

The rich diversity of the Catholic Church across Oceania, as well as its unity, was evident during a meeting in Melbourne last week of representatives of the region’s four bishops conferences and Eastern Catholic churches. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


Archbishop Fisher backs gambling reforms to prevent ‘social harm’

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has backed efforts to tackle problem gambling in New South Wales but stopped short of endorsing any specific method for imposing limits or restraints. Source: SMH.


Injury and abuse among thousands of incidents in disability group homes

There have been more than 7000 serious incidents in disability group homes over the past four years, with many including injury and abuse, according to the complaints watchdog for the NDIS. Source: The Australian.


Push to make medical abortion more available

A push is underway to make medical abortion more accessible across Australia by cutting down the regulatory barriers around who can prescribe the pill combination and where it can be stocked. Source: The Age.


Catechism in a Year podcast tops charts

For the third year in a row, a Catholic podcast has bolted out of the gate in the New Year to become the most popular on Apple Podcasts, beating out secular podcasts from The New York Times, NBC News and NPR. Source: CNA.


Release of detained immigrants a ‘sudden, fantastic relief’

About 100 people held in immigration detention centres across Australia were released in the few days before Christmas. Source: SBS News.


More than 100 priests, sisters kidnapped, arrested or killed last year

At least 12 priests and five religious sisters were murdered during 2022 while carrying out their mission. Source: The Catholic Leader