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Employment HIgher Education

ACU informs staff of $30m savings plan

Australian Catholic University will cut jobs, travel and consultancies to save $30 million next year as it suffers the financial impact of losing domestic students who have abandoned higher education to take jobs or travel. Source: The Australian.

Abuse crisis Safeguarding

Former Federal Court justice to chair appeals panel

Former Federal Court justice Duncan Kerr has today been announced as the new chair of the Church’s National Appeals and Review Panel. Source: Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd.

Euthanasia Politics

Date set for territory rights vote

A late-night sitting of the Senate is set to resolve the 25-year fight to restore the rights of the ACT and Northern Territory to legislate on euthanasia. Source: Canberra Times.

In The Dioceses Priesthood

New priests, deacons for Melbourne

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli ordained three new priests and three transitional deacons for the Melbourne Archdiocese at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Health

Catholic Health urges insurers to pay out more to members

Many of Australia’s biggest health insurance companies are failing to provide good value for customers by keeping too much of their premium revenue for themselves instead of paying it out to patients, says Catholic Health Australia.

Charity Governance

Pope appoints temporary administrator to Caritas Internationalis

Pope Francis has suspended the secretary-general and other top officers of Caritas Internationalis, appointing a temporary administrator to oversee management policies and to prepare for the election of new officers in May. Source: CNS.

Education

Hackers steal student data from Xavier College

Hackers have threatened to publish the personal information of current and prospective students of Xavier College online after a cyberattack, the Melbourne Catholic boys school says. Source: The Age.

Interfaith Pope Francis

Pope, Vatican officials meet with World Jewish Congress

Christians and Jews are called to give witness to their faith by “working to make the world more fraternal, combating forms of inequality and promoting greater justice”, Pope Francis told members of the World Jewish Congress. Source: NCR Online.

United States

Catholic leaders respond to nightclub shooting

Catholic leaders in the United States have condemned an attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado that killed at least five people and injured at least 25. Source: Crux.