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Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

POPE Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold its first plenary council – the most significant national church gathering  – in more than 80 years. “The Australian bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together ... Read More »

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

YOUNG people living in Australia have positive experiences of the Church in youth groups, festivals, Mass or liturgies, and outreach, but still feel dismissed for being “too young” or “too Catholic”, according to findings from a national youth survey. Youth ministers from across Australia at a two-day research seminar in Brisbane last week heard the results of the national youth ... Read More »

Experts advise caution on cyber safety program targeting children as young as four

Experts advise caution on cyber safety program targeting children as young as four

THE FEDERAL Government’s efforts to teach children as young as four about cyber safety must not sexualise or scandalise innocent minds, a relationships educator has cautioned. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia delivers sexual integrity presentations to 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, responded to the announcement that the Australian Federal Police’s ThinkUKnow cyber safety program ... Read More »

Levels of inequality in Australia need to be corrected as statistics show three million Australians are living in poverty

Levels of inequality in Australia need to be corrected as statistics show three million Australians are living in poverty

THREE million Australians, including more than 730,000 children, live in poverty, attendees at a Catholic Social Services Australia conference were told. “We are becoming a nation divided, with the spoils of economic growth becoming ever more concentrated in the hands of those already with wealth,” CSSA strategic operations and economic policy senior director Joe Zabar said. Mr Zabar quoted Pope ... Read More »

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for Australian laws to be updated to recognise religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right,” the bishops said in a submission to the Federal Government’s Religious Freedom Review. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commissioned the review following last year’s “yes” vote on same-sex marriage, with hearings conducted by a five-member expert ... Read More »

Former judge who served as Commissioner for NT Royal Commission to lead QCEC

Former judge who served as Commissioner for NT Royal Commission to lead QCEC

DISTINGUISHED former judge and law lecturer Margaret White is to be the new chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission from next month. The first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Queensland, Mrs White retired from the bench in 2013, then in 2016 took on the high-profile role of Commissioner in the Royal Commission into the Protection and ... Read More »

Australian Catholics asked to spend first three days of Lent in fasting and reparation for child sexual abuse victims

Australian Catholics asked to spend first three days of Lent in fasting and reparation for child sexual abuse victims

CATHOLICS across Brisbane archdiocese are being called to join in three days of fasting and reparation at the start of Lent for the victims of child sexual abuse. “Through fasting, we stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse whose much deeper hunger is for healing and peace in their lives,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said, coinciding with a joint ... Read More »

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