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Ecumenism Pope Francis Synod

Francis leads ecumenical prayer vigil on eve of Synod

On the eve of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, Pope Francis joined other Christian leaders in praying that the event will be a unifying process free from ideological and polarised division. Source: Crux.


Disability royal commission report calls for end to segregation and abuse

The final report of the disability royal commission has made 222 recommendations to improve the lives of the 4.4 million people living with disabilities in Australia. Source: SBS News.

Palliative Care

Funding for palliative care in NSW cut by $150m to help hire more nurses

A promised funding boost for end-of-life care in New South Wales will be cut by $150 million to help hire more nurses to fill staff shortages. Source: Yahoo News.

Architecture History

Sr Anne, 92, heads campaign to save Tiwi Islands church

Sr Anne Gardiner OLSH has one wish while she’s still alive – to see the first church where she served on the Tiwi Islands, off the coast of Darwin, restored to its former glory. Source: ABC News.

Digital Life Politics

‘Very concerned’ Pocock demands significant changes to misinformation bill 

Independent ACT Senator David Pocock holds serious concerns Labor’s proposed misinformation laws will jeopardise free speech and says he will not support the bill unless significant changes are made to address criticisms by legal and human rights experts. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

History In The Dioceses

Cross ‘returns home’ after almost 100 years

Former Perth Bishop Matthew Gibney’s crucifix has been returned to the Perth Archdiocese almost a century after his death in 1925. Source: The eRecord.

Global Church Vatican

Pope creates 21 cardinals from 15 different countries

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at a consistory on Saturday, reflecting on how the geographic expansion of the Church’s leadership represents a fulfilment of the promise of Pentecost. Source: National Catholic Register.

Central America Religious Freedom

Imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop nominated for EU’s top human rights award

Imprisoned Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez has been nominated for the European Parliament’s top human rights award, reflecting the international attention the prelate has received for defending religious freedom. Source: NCR Online.

United States

Almost two-thirds of US Catholics believe in Real Presence 

A new study shows that almost two-thirds of adult Catholics in the United States believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, a significantly different result from a 2019 Pew Research study that suggested only one-third believe in the Church’s teaching on the Blessed Sacrament. Source: CNA.