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Catholics honoured on Australia Day

From music to social work, building up parishes and religious life, sustaining charitable organisations, healthcare and industry, Catholics are among those named in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Pope Francis

Being homosexual is not a crime: Pope

Pope Francis has condemned the criminalisation of homosexuality and backed the repeal of such legislation in countries where it exists, saying that the Catholic Church must work towards an end to what he described as “unjust” laws. Source: NCR Online.


ABC program ‘seems to be an attack on the Catholic faith’

A group of schools has warned parents of a “targeted attack” by the ABC it says is designed to smear them, the Church and the New South Wales Liberal Party as religious extremists. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Religious Freedom

Rise in anti-Semitic incidents ‘tip of iceberg’

The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Australia has jumped by more than 40 per cent in the past two years, with almost 300 cases of verbal abuse or assault reported between 2021 and 2022. Source: The Australian. 


‘Changing times’ sees Melbourne school go co-ed

One of Melbourne’s oldest girls’ schools will welcome its first boys next week, in a shift to co-education that its principal says will bring students into “an environment that more closely resembles the real world”. Source: The Age.


Catholic Mission helping Nilan to realise his mission

A young seminarian is pursuing his own spiritual development to become a future Church leader in Colombo, Sri Lanka, thanks to the support of Catholic Mission. 


Vatican ‘no’ to synodal council reignites row with Church in Germany

In a letter approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican has told the German Synodal Path initiative it does not have the competence to establish a nationwide permanent “synodal council”. Source: The Tablet.

Asia Disability

Japanese service provider ‘mandated’ sterilisation for people with disabilities

Authorities in Japan have ordered local officials to investigate the alleged forced sterilisation of people with disabilities following reports of malpractice by disability care service providers. Source: UCA News.

Film Review

Monstrous maestro faces the music

In Tar, a psychological drama, Australian Cate Blachett plays the role of a conductor and composer preparing to perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Source: Jesuit Media.