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First Nations

Guide aims to encourage prayer and conversation about the Voice 

With a vote on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament due this year, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council has prepared a guide to encourage prayer and discussion about the referendum.

First Nations

Albanese remains confident despite falling support for Voice

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has shrugged off polls showing slipping support for the Voice to Parliament, but concedes the Government needs to “make it clear” what is at stake as the referendum campaign begins in earnest. Source: The Guardian.

First Nations Politics

Albanese seeks to place legal limits on Voice

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seeking to place limits on the scope of the Voice to Parliament and executive government by assuring Australians its remit would be restricted to issues that “specifically or differently” affect Aboriginal people. Source: The Australian.

Education First Nations

Organisation that helps First Nations Catholic students gets top award

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, which has helped thousands of Catholic school students complete years 11 and 12, has been named the 2023 Philanthropic Foundation of the Year at the Queensland Community Foundation Philanthropy Awards. Source: The Catholic Leader.

First Nations

Church celebrates journey towards reconciliation in Rome

Fifty years after the first Aboriginal Liturgy was held at the 1973 Eucharistic Congress in Melbourne, Cardinal Arthur Roche joined Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumannn and senior Australian Catholics at Domus Australia in Rome to celebrate the Church’s ongoing journey towards reconciliation. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

First Nations In The Dioceses

Sydney Archdiocese’s Reconciliation Action Plan an ‘opportunity, not a task’

Sydney Archdiocese has launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, with Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP asking Sydney Catholics to commit to acknowledging and healing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

First Nations

NATSICC launches website on Indigenous Voice to Parliament

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council has launched a new website called “One Journey, Together” for Catholics to learn about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

First Nations Pope Francis

Pope receives Voice to Parliament message

Pope Francis has received a book advocating for a Voice to Parliament from long-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocate Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: The Australian.

First Nations Religious Orders

Catechist formation program a new chapter for Central Australia

A formation program to enable Indigenous catechists from the Arrernte and Walpiri people of Central Australia to hand on the faith in their culture is underway in Alice Springs, with the local parish embracing the opportunity. Source: In the Word.