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Christchurch attack highlights the first religious freedom – the freedom to worship safely

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attack, Australia’s religious schools, mosques, churches and synagogues are being offered $55 million in extra community grants to boost security. Announcing the grants, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said religious freedom started with the right to worship and meet in safety. “This must be the first freedom we secure, to practise their faith in ... Read More »

Church calling for an increase in minimum wage to support low-income Australians and their families

NEITHER employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, a Catholic Church submission has told the Fair Work Commission. A Church submission contends that the minimum wage of $719.20 per week is “manifestly inadequate” and cannot support working families at a decent standard of living. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for the ... Read More »

Leaders work for lasting peace to ‘promote harmony not discord’ after Christchurch massacre

BRISBANE archdiocese has expressed “solidarity” and promised to work with Muslim leaders “to combat hatred and violence”, after the terror attack that claimed at least 50 lives in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “Beyond Christchurch and New Zealand, the blood flowed right around the world; the entire human family has been grievously wounded by this violence,” Australian Catholic Bishops ... Read More »

‘This has to stop’ – school principals attacked and threatened at record levels, report finds

“WE are in trouble as a nation,” according to the author of an Australian Catholic University survey that reveals one in three Australian school principals have been attacked and half have experienced violent threats at work. “This is a reflection of our society, it is much bigger than schools,” the survey’s chief investigator associate professor Philip Riley, from ACU’s Institute ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell to be sentenced on March 13; his appeal against the conviction has been lodged

CARDINAL George Pell has spent his first days in jail after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, and awaiting sentencing on March 13. He has been found guilty of abusing two choir boys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996. Cardinal Pell’s conviction has shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world. During his appearance in the Victorian County ... Read More »

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