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Pope Francis Synod

Synodality top of agenda for Pope, Archbishop Costelloe

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia and the global Synod on Synodality were key discussion points for Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB and Pope Francis when they met last week.


Labor reaffirms plan for religious freedom laws

NSW Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill has reaffirmed the Albanese Government’s commitment to introducing laws in the current Parliament allowing religious schools to preference hiring people of that same faith. Source: The Catholic Weekly.


Refusal to help migrants is sinful, criminal: Pope

The refusal to help desperate migrants “is revolting, it’s sinful, it’s criminal”, Pope Francis said as he canonised a bishop dedicated to assisting migrants and a Salesian brother who emigrated with his family to Argentina. Source: CNS.


Pro-abortionists gatecrash March for the Babies rally

Abortion protests from both sides of the debate were prevented from clashing in Melbourne on Saturday, with police removing abortion rights supporters who infiltrated the annual pro-life March for the Babies rally. Source: SBS News.


Maronite Eparchy ordains two priests

The Maronite Eparchy has two new priests, with Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay ordaining Fathers Joseph-Awtel Maroon and Robert-Pio Albayeh at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park in Sydney’s west.


Josephites release Laudato Si’ action plan

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, in collaboration with the Sisters of Saint Joseph Lochinvar, have released their joint Laudato Si’ action plan for the Josephite community.


New welfare card to replace Howard-era Basics Card

Tens of thousands of Australians will be given a new welfare card to replace the much-maligned Basics Card, as the Albanese Government moves to eliminate compulsory income management. Source: The Age.

Agriculture World

Kenyan bishops express concern after ban on GM crops lifted

As Kenya lifted a ban on the open cultivation of genetically modified crops, some Catholic bishops expressed reservations about the technology, citing ethical concerns about the farming and consumption of the foods. Source: Crux.

Euthanasia World

Uruguay cardinal decries passage of euthanasia bill

A cardinal in Uruguay has criticised the passage of a bill to legalise and regulate euthanasia in the country’s lower house. Source: CNA.