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Archdiocese of Melbourne to host 2024 youth festival

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is coming back – and the countdown is on to the next event in two years’ time. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


Catholic priests might deny sacraments in euthanasia cases

Terminally ill people who end their lives with voluntary euthanasia could be denied the last rites when Queensland becomes the fourth state to operate a right-to-die program on January 1. Source: The Australian.

Advent Pope Francis

Pray for children of the world this Advent: Pope

The season of Advent is a time for people to be surprised by God’s mercy and compassion, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.

Cost Of Living

Power bills to fall for low-income earners under subsidy scheme

Catholic Social Services Australia says the Albanese Government’s plan to cut power bills will help millions of low-income Australians suffering power stress.


Parishes should be ‘pockets of belonging’ for all

Parishes should be well-placed to welcome all young families, but they can always do more to reduce the barriers some face when they have a child who experiences physical or cognitive challenges, says disability theologian Zachariah Duke. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Human Rights

Christmas concert shines spotlight on modern slavery

The Perth Catholic community came together at Aquinas College for an evening of music and reflection on the issue of modern slavery in Australia and the world today. Source: Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network.

Aged Care

Voters support funding aged care wage rise

A federal pledge to fund a pay rise for aged care workers has gained 59 per cent support from Australians ahead of the likely $1.8 billion annual cost of the move. Source: The Age.


Pope prays for peace in South Sudan

Pope Francis says he is following with concern the news about violent clashes in South Sudan, ahead of his February ecumenical pilgrimage of peace to the East African country. Source: Vatican News.

South East Asia

Love, reconciliation needed to heal Myanmar’s wounds: Cardinal Bo

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon says the Church in Myanmar is wounded and displaced as thousands of people are forced to flee their homes, villages are burned and churches are destroyed amid the conflict triggered by last year’s military coup. Source: UCA News.