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Communications Pope Francis

Amid polarisation in Church, we are called to speak truth with charity: Pope

Pope Francis has urged Christians to “speak the truth and to do so with charity” amid polarisation and divisions within the Church. Source: CNA.


Catholic Health Australia outlines social justice priorities for 2023

Catholic Health Australia has outlined four key areas on which it will build its focus and efforts in social justice over the next year.

Cost Of Living

Senate inquiry to probe cost of living, ‘the number one issue’ for Australians

Supermarket giants, energy producers and other major industries will front an inquiry into Australia’s cost-of-living crisis amid calls for the Albanese Government to do more to assist struggling households and business. Source: The Daily Telegraph.

Social Justice

Report ‘shows effectiveness’ of restorative justice programs

Jesuit Social Services says new data on the Australian Government’s spending on youth justice highlights the effectiveness of restorative justice programs.

First Nations Spirituality

Retreat to bring together Aboriginal and Benedictine spirituality

Having read an article years ago on the similarities of Aboriginal spirituality and early Christian desert spirituality, Benedictine Sister Antonia Curtis dreamed of creating a retreat bringing the two together. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Gambling New South Wales

NSW gamblers lose $2.1b on pokies in less than 100 days

Gamblers lost more than $2.1 billion on poker machines in fewer than 100 days last year – the highest losses in New South Wales history – an outlay critics say reinforces the need for reform. Source: Sydney Morning Herald. 


Theology of the Body comes to Australia

Visiting Theology of the Body expert Christopher West drew about 1000 people over two events in Sydney last weekend to listen to his message of hope and the meaning of human sexuality. Source: The Catholic Weekly.


Ukraine’s top Catholic opposes ban on Orthodox church loyal to Moscow

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has opposed a draft bill banning the activities of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine, saying the measure would turn Russia’s supporters into martyrs. Source: Crux.

United Kingdom

British diocese reeling after launch of four inquiries

England’s Hexham and Newcastle Diocese is in turmoil after four inquiries, including one by the Vatican, have been launched into what happened there during the tenure of its former bishop, Robert Byrne. Source: The Tablet.