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Religious Freedom

Andrews kicks back, Costello pushes for bill of rights

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews responded to criticism from faith leaders over Andrew Thornburn’s short stint as Essendon Football Club chief, as Baptist minister Tim Costello called for a national religious bill of rights. Source: The Age

Pope Francis Saints

Saints have joyful hearts, not long faces: Pope

The holiness of saints is reflected not only in how they overcame struggles but by their ability to transmit the joy that comes from being loved by God, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: NCR Online.

Opinion Survey

Census data helping to build stronger Church

Data from the 2021 Census is helping Catholic health and social organisations build stronger, more faithful institutions, writes Brigid Meney. Source: Catholic Outlook.

Poverty

Goal to eradicate poverty by 2030 unlikely: World Bank

COVID-19 has dealt the “biggest setback” to global poverty reduction efforts in decades, and the World Bank has warned that the goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 likely remains out of reach. Source: SBS News.

Bible

Scripture scholars could ‘contribute a lot more’

Biblical scholars in Australia and New Zealand are hoping bishops will use their expertise more in considering issues in which the Church is engaged, as well as encouraging young people to take up biblical studies. Source: NZ Catholic.

Youth

Conference ignites faith, fun and friendship

The Ignite Conference returned to Sydney, following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, presenting the Catholic faith to young people over four days of faith, fun, music and friendship. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Film Review

Survival thriller hits dizzying heights

A necessary caution for those who are vertiginously inclined, afraid of heights and agoraphobic: As the title, Fall, indicates, in a film about climbers there is always the possibility of a fall. Source: Jesuit Media.

Synod World

Church must address causes of abuse crisis: German Catholics

German Catholics involved in the Synodal Path are convinced the Church must address the “systemic causes” of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and that will require change, according to Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof, a member of the German Synodal Assembly. Source: CNS.

Vatican World

Vatican releases program for Pope’s visit to Bahrain

Pope Francis is set to make an Apostolic Visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain in November to encourage the country’s small Catholic flock and to attend the “Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence”. Source: Vatican News.