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Funeral In The Dioceses

Final act of mercy brings dignity to Sydney four who died in poverty

Four Sydneysiders who died without the means for a burial were honoured at the Bringing Them Home interment service for the homeless at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery, led by Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Terence Brady. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Pope Francis Ukraine

Pope asks for renewed prayers for Ukraine on eve of its Independence Day

Acknowledging Ukraine’s celebration of Independence Day, Pope Francis yesterday pleaded with thousands of visitors at his weekly general audience to keep praying for peace in the country. Source: NCR Online.

Religious Freedom

Christians facing ‘rising tide’ of persecution

Christians in Asia and across the world are facing a rising tide of various forms of persecution, which require global attention and action, according to a new report. Source: UCA News.

Pope Francis

Pope honours mothers and grandmothers as ‘the first evangelisers’

Pope Francis has highlighted the important role mothers play in passing on the faith to the next generation. Source: CNA.

Education

One in three kids fails NAPLAN literacy and numeracy exams

Catch-up classes for struggling students will be prioritised by the Albanese Government after one in three children failed literacy and numeracy exams this year, according to NAPLAN results released today. Source: The Australian.

Reflection Ukraine

Visit confirms Church’s support for people of Ukraine

A delegation of Australian bishops, priests and laity has visited war-engulfed Ukraine in an extension of pastoral fraternity and humanitarian solidarity, writes Annie Carrett. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

First Nations Politics

Date of Voice referendum to be announced next week

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will announce the date of the Voice to Parliament referendum in the crucial swing state of South Australia at the end of next week. Source: The Age.

In The Dioceses Religious Orders

‘Community of communities’ plan sees Jesuits return to Brisbane

The Jesuits are returning to Brisbane as part of a new “community of communities” approach to ministry. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Charity Employment

Workers’ rights are human rights: Vinnies

The St Vincent de Paul Society is marking Social Justice Sunday this weekend with the launch of its new policy statement on secure work for all Australians.