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Education Victoria

Victoria backtracks on plan to impose payroll tax on ‘high-fee’ schools

The Victorian Government has watered down its plan to strip payroll tax exemptions from 110 non-government schools, with Daniel Andrews conceding the measure will not raise as much money as forecast in the state Budget. Source: The Guardian.


Catholic ethos makes hospital more than a facility: Archbishop Prowse 

“Efficiency had won, but humanity had lost,” Canberra-Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse said as he met Calvary Public Hospital Bruce staff less than 24 hours after legislation passed for the ACT Government’s forced takeover of the hospital. Source: Catholic Voice.


Bishops Conference launches Laudato Si’ Action Plan

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has launched its Laudato Si’ Action Plan on World Environment Day, outlining practical responses to Pope Francis’ landmark 2015 encyclical letter. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Education Natural disasters

Three flood-affected Lismore Catholic schools to relocate

Lismore’s largest school will be one of three relocated after a long-awaited review of the viability of Catholic schools in flood-affected areas. Source: ABC News.


Government digs in on $10 billion housing plan

The Albanese Government is refusing to give any ground to the Greens to pass the $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, despite the minor party opening the door to more concessions. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Papal Trip

Pope Francis to visit Mongolia

Pope Francis will travel to Mongolia this year, one of the most far-flung places he has ever visited and with one of the smallest Catholic populations. Source: SBS News.

India Pope Francis

Pope prays for Indian train crash victims

Pope Francis prayed yesterday for the victims of a train crash in India that killed at least 275 people on Saturday. Source: National Catholic Register.


Penitential rite held after naked man stands on St Peter’s Basilica’s main altar

Two days after a naked man stood on the high altar of St Peter’s Basilica in a shocking security breach, the basilica’s archpriest on Saturday held a penitential rite as required by canon law in cases where sacred places have been desecrated. Source: CNA.

United States

Vatican gives Texas bishop ‘full governing powers’ over Carmelite convent

The Vatican has declared a Texas bishop to be the “pontifical commissary” of a Carmelite monastery, giving him “full governing powers” over the cloistered community. Source: OSV News.