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Support network for graduate teachers more important than ever during pandemic

AS if embarking on a new career wasn’t enough of a challenge, graduate teachers were thrown into uncharted territory because of COVID-19, and schools moved to online learning. During her recent fortnightly meeting with the college’s graduate teachers, St Rita’s College deputy principal studies Maree Trims noticed that professional learning meetings for beginning teachers had been cancelled due to pandemic ... Read More »

Euthanasia cut from Queensland legislative agenda this term, palliative care must be focus

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has wiped euthanasia from her government’s legislative agenda for this term  – announcing in parliament that a scheme to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill needs “further, careful consideration”. The Premier’s decision means voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation will not go before lawmakers before Queensland heads to the polls on October 31. Instead, Ms Palaszczuk ... Read More »

Plenary Council sessions postponed until 2021 and 2022, an opportunity to use ‘extra time wisely’

THE long-anticipated Plenary Council 2020 sessions, the first of which had been scheduled for this October, were pushed back to October 2021 and April 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to postpone the opening assembly by 12 months. Adelaide remained the venue for the first assembly in October 2021.  Sydney remained the ... Read More »

John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm

THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the eradication of slavery globally. Mr McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012 to ... Read More »

Vatican announces Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday

THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the earth. “I’m delighted, and it brings great blessings as well,” Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said, describing the measures as a visionary step. “It is a great ... Read More »

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