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Cardinal George Pell has said his first Mass in public in Rome since leaving the eternal city 2017

JACQUI Remond is enjoying the challenge of her role in the Church’s mapping of a post-COVID world, including her late-night connections with Rome. Based in Sydney, she is co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a Laudato Si’ consultant. The Rome discussions are part of her involvement with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. She is a co-ordinator of an ecology taskforce within one of the commission’s five working groups.

  • The Catholic Leader.


CARDINAL George Pell has said his first Mass in public in Rome since leaving the eternal city 2017. He celebrated Mass on the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop in the chapel of Domus Australia. It capped off a big week for the cardinal who shortly after returning to the Vatican on 30 September was also received in a private audience by Pope Francis.

  • The Catholic Weekly.


TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has added to the voice of Queensland Church leaders by criticising Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with peoples’ emotions”. She used a campaign launch to promise Labor would fast-track Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation if the party wins the state election on October 31.

  • The Catholic Leader 

LOCKDOWNS, economic distress and the constant stream of bad news from the coronavirus pandemic have all taken their toll on the mental health of Australians, a Catholic psychologist has said. Brisbane psychologist Nahum Kozak said there had been a sharp increase in the number of people seeking help with a great demand being placed on psychologists. His comments echo Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt who said there had been a 15 per cent rise in the number of Medicare-subsidised mental health services being delivered.

  • The Catholic Leader


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MELBOURNE Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) has been established to assume the governance and operation of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli says. The change in governance arrangements will see all 293 schools owned by the Archdiocese, its parishes or associations of parishes transferred to MACS. “Building on the significant legacy of parish-priest led and governed schools, MACS will usher in a new era for Catholic education in the Archdiocese,” he said.

  • Melbourne


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