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St Lucy’s School holds memorial service for ‘kind, cheeky, clever’ Sanad

Ten-year-old Sanad Shahriar was remembered as a “kind, cheeky, clever” boy at a memorial service held at St Lucy’s School following his tragic death in a lift accident at the school on November 1. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Christmas Pope Francis

Nativity scene echoes beauty of our faith: Pope

Whether simple or elaborate, the same every year or constantly changing, a Nativity scene echoes “the beauty of our faith”, Pope Francis has written in the introduction to a new book. Source: CNS.

Europe Martyrs

Catholics call for opening of canonisation cause for slain sacristan

Catholics in the southern Spanish Diocese of Cádiz and Ceuta are calling for the Church to promote the canonisation cause of Diego Valencia, a sacristan who was murdered by a Muslim extremist in January. Source: CNA. 

United States

US priest marries 18-year-old woman in civil ceremony 

A soon-to-be-laicised American priest has civilly married the young woman with whom he fled to Europe in July. Source: OSV News.

New South Wales

NSW to clamp down on threats and incitement of violence based on race or religion

The New South Wales Government will “streamline and strengthen” laws to clamp down on threats and incitement of violence based on race or religion, following an outbreak of anti-Semitic incidents since Hamas’ October 7 attacks. Source: The Australian.

HIgher Education

Classification a ‘momentous achievement’ for Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University has become one of the first Australian higher education institutions to receive the new Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

In The Dioceses

Merger of funds will help ‘meet demands of growing communities’

The Ballarat Catholic Development Fund will merge with the Catholic Development Fund of Melbourne, Sale and Bunbury. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Social Justice Youth

CRA calls on Queensland Government to help children, not jail them

Catholic Religious Australia has written to the Queensland Government with grave concerns about its recent decision to suspend the state’s Human Rights Act to permit adult watch houses to be used as youth detention centres.

Bishops Pacific

Episcopal Conference of the Pacific elects a new president

The Episcopal Conference of the Pacific, which is part of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference of Oceania, elected a new president at its plenary assembly in New Caledonia last week.