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Synod

Pope launches study groups to analyse Synod’s key issues

Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyse key issues ahead of October’s Synod on Synodality assembly, the Vatican announced on Saturday. Source: CNA.

Education New South Wales

Catholic school closed after discovery of contaminated mulch

A Catholic school in Sydney’s northwest will remain closed for a week while authorities remove an estimated 30 cubic metres of asbestos-contaminated mulch. Source: ABC News.

Employment In The Dioceses

Archbishop Costelloe apologises for underpayment of staff

The Perth Archdiocese has admitted to underpaying more than 100 staff by more than $1.6 million over six years. Source: The West Australian.

Asylum-Seekers

Asylum-seekers taken to Nauru amid renewed political stoush  

More than 40 asylum-seekers have been taken to Nauru after they were found in a remote part of Western Australia. Source: The Guardian.

Laity

National Civic Council’s new generation takes the reins

For decades, the National Civic Council, led by its charismatic founder BA (Bob) Santamaria, was synonymous with lay Catholic action throughout Australia. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Books Theology

New Australian book ponders theology of the Holy Spirit

Australian theologians Dr Kevin Wagner and Dr Peter McGregor are eager to share the ideas of 20 contributors who have been pondering the theology of the Holy Spirit in their new book – Pneumatology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Germany

German bishops halt vote after Vatican request

The German bishops will not be voting on a step toward a forbidden “Synodal Council” at their upcoming plenary assembly at the Vatican’s request. Source: National Catholic Register.

United States

New York cathedral holds Mass of Reparation after ‘scandalous’ behaviour at funeral

A Mass of Reparation was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Saturday, after the New York Archdiocese claimed mourners at a funeral service for transgender activist Cecilia Gentili last week engaged in “scandalous behaviour”. Source: New York Daily News.

Africa Pope Francis

Pope appeals for peace in Sudan and Mozambique

Pope Francis has urged global leaders to push for peace in Sudan and northern Mozambique, where a Catholic mission was set ablaze. Source: Vatican News.