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Liturgy Music

Creating a musical path back to Church

Liturgical music in the Catholic tradition has been preserved for centuries but Australian Catholic University theologian Clare Johnson says the Church should do more to draw young musicians in.

Ecumenism

Catholic-Orthodox dialogue looks at developments in synodality, primacy

Members of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue have agreed that shared responsibility and the exercise of authority as a service are both essential for the life and unity of the Church. Source: OSV News.

Africa Persecution

Report claims 700 Christians killed as ‘farewell gift’ to Nigeria’s ex-president

A leading Nigerian human rights organisation has published a report claiming that largely Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed about 700 Christians in May as “farewell gifts” to former president Muhammadu Buhari. Source: Crux.

Pope Francis Science

Satellite with Pope Francis’ words launches into space

A satellite with Pope Francis’ words from a blessing given during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic was successfully launched into space on Monday. Source: CNA.

Prayer Tragedy

Diocese offers prayer and pastoral support for local community after bus crash

The Maitland-Newcastle Diocese has offered prayers, sympathies and support to those affected by the Hunter Valley bus crash and will host memorial liturgies in the local church at Singleton and in Sacred Heart Cathedral, along with other pastoral support.

Indigenous

No reset for Yes campaign despite drop in support for Voice

Linda Burney and supporters of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament are rejecting calls to reset the Yes campaign or delay the referendum, with the Indigenous Australians Minister declaring Australia has come too far to turn back now. Source: The Australian.

Disability

Minister flags shake-up for disability employment services sector

Australia’s $1.4bn disability employment services program is in for a shake-up, with Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth flagging major changes as part of her plan to drive down the jobless rate among people with disabilities. Source: Herald-Sun.

Health

Calvary to put staff at centre of transition following court decision

Calvary has expressed disappointed at the ACT Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the application challenging the validity of the ACT Government’s attempt to compulsorily acquire Calvary Public Hospital and says it will continue to put its staff at the centre of the transition. Source: Catholic Voice.

Cost Of Living

Rise in childcare spend indicates people working more to meet living costs

Families are spending 30 per cent more on childcare than they were a year ago, despite its cost rising 6.8 per cent, in a sign parents are increasing their hours of work to cope with cost-of-living pressures. Source: SMH.