Recalcitrant states – rather than the churches – are looming as the biggest roadblock to the Commonwealth’s $4 billion sexual abuse redress scheme. Source: The Australian.
Despite improvement in Australia's ethical rating for fashion, less than 10 per cent of the nation's fashion brands would score an A or A+. Source: SBS News.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he personally ordered an investigation into Our Lady of Sion Sister Patricia Fox with a view to deporting her for “disorderly conduct” and being an “undesirable alien”. Source: ABC News.
The World Meeting of Families this August must offer a “clear and positive vision for family”, rooted in the traditional understanding of marriage, but the Church also must not be marred by homophobia, says an Irish archbishop. Source: Crux.
Tom Evans, the father of Alfie, yesterday met with Pope Francis, begging for his help and pleading for ‘asylum’ in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanised in England. Source: CNS.
Priests, religious and lay Catholics were among thousands of people who joined a candlelight march in India to express solidarity with the nationwide outrage over gang rape and murders, especially of minor girls. Source: Ucanews.com.
St Barbara, the patron saint of miners and tunnellers, was invoked in the blessing of a massive roadheader machine that will be used to dig tunnels for the Sydney Metro Railway Project. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has continued to strengthen the bond between North Queensland and Papua New Guinea during a visit last week to Port Moresby. Source: Townsville Bulletin.
Thousands of business leaders will swap their warm beds for concrete when they experience a night on the streets at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout in June to raise money to battle homelessness. Source: News.com.au.
Australia’s aged care system is set to be overhauled to ensure the 1.3 million older Australians in aged care across the country are treated with dignity and respect. Source: Herald Sun.
The Church needs men and women who are capable not only of bearing prophetic witness to the truth, but who are also examples of hope, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
The parents of Alfie Evans are making an appeal to Britain’s Supreme Court in order to try and keep their son on life support. Source: Crux.
Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers want the “impossible” historical sexual offence case against him thrown out, arguing the allegations are potentially motivated by a desire to punish the Church. Source: The Australian.
Our Lady of Sion Sister Patricia Fox was released by the Philippine authorities yesterday after being held for 22 hours. Source: CBCP News.
Up to 250 people from 50 countries, most of them priests, have arrived in Rome this week for an annual Vatican course on exorcism. Source: SBS News.
A lifelong connection with St Mary MacKillop has inspired a Brisbane primary school teacher to record an album of songs about Australia’s first saint. Source: The Catholic Leader.
St John of God Subiaco Hospital, founded by the Sisters of St John of God in April 1898, is this week celebrating its 120th anniversary.
Women’s voices must be integrated into all aspects of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and post-conflict operations, according to the Vatican's representative to the United Nations. Source: Vatican News.