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Election Victoria

Bishops release voting guide for Victorian election

Victoria’s bishops have written to the state’s Catholic community to provide an election guide designed to help them consider and navigate key issues of significance, particularly those related to the common good.

Climate Environment

Pope offers encouragement to delegates at COP27 conference

As delegates continue deliberations at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, Pope Francis offered his encouragement for efforts to protect the environment. Source: Vatican News.

Poverty Research

Report shows poverty growing globally

Declining access to food, greater discrimination against women and widening restrictions on religious freedom have contributed to a higher rate of poverty worldwide, said a new report by a Jesuit research university program. Source: CNS.

Mental Health

Effect of lockdown on Victoria’s kids revealed in new survey

The toll that COVID-19 lockdowns took on Victorian children’s mental health has been revealed in a new survey that contains reports of depression, self-harm and other effects of isolation. Source: Herald Sun.

Human Rights

Christmas boost will ensure modern slavery programs continue

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans is seeking to ensure its future by launching an appeal to keep the organisation operating beyond 2023.

Interfaith

Whatever the faith, consultation a sign of good leadership

What does leadership look like in a Catholic, Jewish, Anglican or Buddhist community? What are the differences and similarities? Those questions were answered at the Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Council’s first interfaith dialogue event. Source: MNnews.Today.

Education Leadership

Overseas immersion program will help students ‘join the dots’

Two of the world’s oldest cities will become classrooms for 25 Australian students participating in a once-in-a-lifetime immersion program this week with Australian Catholic University.

Germany

German bishops begin Rome talks on controversial Synodal Way

Amid ongoing concerns over the German Synodal Way, the president of the German Bishops Conference said yesterday unity and renewal in the Catholic Church was “truly not an easy task”. Source: CNA.

Africa

Congolese bishops announce march for peace amid ongoing violence

Bishops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have lamented the “serious” state of violence in the country and have called for prayer, fasting and a special march for peace. Source: Crux.