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World

World’s oldest person, French nun Sr Andre, dies at 118

Sister Andre Randon, a French nun and the oldest person in the world, has died at the age of 118. Source: CNA.

University

University contributes more than $250m in benefits to local community

An independent review has found that The University of Notre Dame Australia contributed more than $252 million in social and economic benefits to the City of Fremantle in 2020. Source: UNDA.

Schools

Practice makes perfect for ‘big school kids’ in training

There likely won’t be a tear in sight among the prep class of 2023 at St Mary’s College Kingaroy on their first day of school next week. Source: Catholic Leader.

Marriage United Kingdom

Church of England proposes blessing of same-sex unions, but no marriage

The Church of England has rejected calls to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages but is proposing that couples who married in a civil ceremony may have their union blessed in church. Source: Guardian Australia.

Pope Francis

Church must seek out the ‘lost sheep’: Pope Francis

The Church is called to seek out those who have gone astray, with an apostolic zeal based on the identity of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, Pope Francis said at his Wednesday audience. Source: Vatican News.

Archaeology

Jerusalem pool where Jesus healed blind man to be opened to public

The Pool of Siloam, which the Bible says is where Jesus healed a man who was born blind, will be fully excavated and open to the public for the first time in 2000 years, Israeli authorities have announced. Source: Fox News Digital.

Funeral

Requiem Mass for Cardinal Pell to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral

A Pontifical Requiem Mass for Cardinal George Pell will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, February 2, before a private burial in the cathedral’s crypt, the Archdiocese of Sydney has announced.

Politics Welfare

Chalmers still open to boost in Jobseeker rate

Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has not ruled out raising the JobSeeker rate after key members of a committee reviewing the welfare payment backed its increase. Source: The Australian.

Abuse crisis

NZ Church leaders make commitments to abuse survivors

The bishops and the leaders of religious orders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have published a statement of commitments adopted in response to the continuing work of the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care. Source NZCBC.