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Homelessness

Funding boost for Good Sams’ crisis refuge for women and children 

The Good Samaritan Inn’s vision to expand its residential services for women and children fleeing family violence or homelessness is edging closer to reality, thanks to a Victorian Government grant and a donation from Marist Sisters Australia. Source: The Good Oil.

Disability Politics

Former NDIS minister says two changes can ‘save’ scheme

The Albanese Government must wrestle back control of the levers that can contain the surging costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in order to “save” it, a former Liberal NDIS minister has said. Source: The Canberra Times.

Gender

Dutch cardinal asks Vatican to issue encyclical on gender theory

Dutch Cardinal Willem Eijk has asked Pope Francis to issue an encyclical about gender theory, which he said “is being pushed in all kinds of organisations and we as a Church have not said much about it”. Source: The Tablet.

Asia Vatican

We must be realistic on engagement with China: Vatican official

An official who works in the Vatican office overseeing mission territories in Asia, Africa and the developing world says the Church must be “realistic” in its engagement with authoritarian governments, such as in China and Vietnam. Source: Crux.

Plenary Council Synodality

Bishops formally approve Plenary Council acts, decrees

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has formally approved the acts and decrees of the Fifth Plenary Council, which will now be sent to the Apostolic See for review. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Persecution Religious Freedom

Pontifical foundation sees red over persecution of Christians

Australian cathedrals will be illuminated in red next week as part of the international Red Wednesday campaign to call attention to religious freedom and persecuted Christians. Source: ACN.

Food Security

Australia can help feed the world, Albanese tells G20

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has told world leaders that Australian food exports could help avert global famine and declared the country’s prospects as a green energy giant will prove decisive in the shift to a low-carbon future. Source: The Australian.

Financial Abuse

Schemes increasingly becoming avenue for financial abuse, report finds 

Buy now, pay later schemes are becoming an avenue for financial abuse, according to a report by Good Shepherd, a Catholic charity that supports women and girls experiencing abuse and disadvantage. Source: The Guardian.

Education

Catholic school fees to rise by 7 per cent

Parents with students at Catholic schools in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese are facing a 7 per cent hike in fees next year. Source: RiotACT.