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Female Under-Secretary for Dicastery

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Pope Francis has appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli as Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Her appointment has been welcomed as a sign of Pope Francis’ commitment to bringing about a ‘more incisive presence’ of women in the Church. Sr Smerilli was already an advisor to the Vatican City State, consultor of… Read More »Female Under-Secretary for Dicastery

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Seeking a Better JobSeeker

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In a submission to the Australian Government, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service has called for a substantial and permanent increase to the JobSeeker allowance. Rejecting the proposed increase to JobSeeker as inadequate, he said… Read More »Seeking a Better JobSeeker

Sign the Sydney Statement

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The Sydney Statement is an interfaith charter that details how to engage in interfaith relations with others – in daily life, in acting together for the common good, in sharing knowledge about each other’s religions, and in exchanging spirituality – and to promote interreligious dialogue… Read More »Sign the Sydney Statement

Rising Tides, Raising Voices

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The image on the cover of Rising Tides, Raising Voices shows coconut trees killed by the encroachment of sea water. Meanwhile the first words of the publication go to Tiiringatea, an I-Kiribati participant in the Pacific Calling Partnership’s climate leadership training program in 2014: “The… Read More »Rising Tides, Raising Voices

Volunteer with Palms

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Rising to the challenges of COVID-19 Palms Australia are actively recruiting Australian Catholics now to receive preparation and training to undertake overseas professional placements in late 2021 and early 2022. Palms recruits, prepares, sends and supports Catholics from all around Australia to fill overseas professional… Read More »Volunteer with Palms

Preparing the Future

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Almost as soon as the pandemic was declared, Pope Francis established the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. He understood that we can either emerge from this once in a generation crisis better or worse. How we respond to the pandemic now can help to prepare a better… Read More »Preparing the Future

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Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, has raised concerns with the Philippine Ambassador and the Australian Government about the killing of indigenous Tumandok people in Capiz on 30 December 2020. The killings occurred during a joint operation of… Read More »End Red-Tagging