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Prayer Victoria

Parliament prayer is a rich and vital tradition: leaders

In response to a push by some parliamentarians to end prayer in the Victorian Parliament, Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has joined faith leaders in writing to state parliamentarians expressing “the fundamental and ongoing importance of prayer in Parliament”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

First Nations Victoria

Catholic Church’s history with Aboriginal people ‘predominantly positive’

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli yesterday told a Victorian truth-telling inquiry that the Catholic Church’s history with Aboriginal people was predominantly positive. Source: Yahoo News.

Health Victoria

Church takes Victorian Government to court over land acquisition

Church lawyers have taken the Allen Government to Victoria’s highest planning tribunal over the state’s newest public hospital, claiming it was severely shortchanged when it gave up the land. Source: ABC News.

Disability Victoria

Young regional Victorians launch into independence

An innovative home in regional Victoria is giving young locals with disability a springboard to launch their independence. Source: VMCH.

Social Services Victoria

Report demonstrates ‘the Church at work in the world’

Catholic Social Services Victoria has today released a report that maps out the work of its 40 member organisations, demonstrating “the Church at work in the world”.

Prayer Victoria

Pressure grows on Victorian councils to ditch opening prayer

There’s a renewed push for Victorian councils to remove the opening prayer at monthly meetings, with one council having removed the prayer after receiving a complaint it breaches human rights. Source: ABC News. 

Politics Prayer Victoria

Calls to abandon Lord’s Prayer ‘inward-looking and unenlightening’

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli says the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the start of parliamentary sitting days “is a community call to honour God, so as to love and serve others before ourselves”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Prayer Victoria

Lord’s Prayer could be axed from Victorian Parliament

For more than 100 years, Victorian MPs have started each parliamentary sitting day with the Lord’s Prayer. But this could soon change, with the new premier conceding the tradition does not reflect the state’s growing cultural diversity. Source: The Guardian.

Energy Victoria

Gas to electricity plan will ‘tax the poor to subsidise the wealthy’

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s general manager of policy and research says the Victorian Government’s plan to subsidise a transition from gas to electrical appliances will act as a tax on the poor. Source: The Australian.