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A tenfold over-representation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system shows Australia is failing vulnerable children, says Jesuit Social Services.
A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the unsportsmanlike behaviour of fans. Source: CNS.
A crowd of 7000 people took part in the annual Walk with Christ Eucharistic procession through the streets of Sydney yesterday. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Pope Francis yesterday appointed Port Pirie Bishop Gregory O’Kelly SJ as Apostolic Administrator of Adelaide Archdiocese. Source: ACBC.
After meeting with Pope Francis for more than four hours, a second group of Chilean sexual abuse survivors said they’re “trustful and hopeful” about reforms he’s begun in the Church in Chile. Source: Crux.
Five years after starting to lose her sight, Judith Terry is finding new hope – and she credits Centacare Brisbane with rekindling her spark for life. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Pope Francis is sending a special envoy to Medjugorje to care for the local parish that receives millions of pilgrims each year at the alleged Marian apparition site in Bosnia-Herzegovinia. Source: Crux.
Four out of five child sexual abuse survivors will be covered by the national redress scheme, after the Anglican Church, Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts Australia joined the Catholic Church in endorsing it. Source: Canberra Times.
The Government’s $247 million school chaplaincy program could face the axe under a prospective Labor government, with ALP Senator Doug Cameron calling for a “secular Australia” and separation of religion and the state. Source: The Australian.
Ahead of the Pope’s visit to Switzerland this month to celebrate the World Council of Churches’ 70th anniversary, a Council official has praised Francis for leading the way in ecumenism. Source: ucanews.com.
New guidelines from the Australian Electoral Commission on political expenditure have failed to quell fears that charitable advocacy is under threat. Source: Pro Bono Australia.
It was the example of other Jesuits that first made Nico Lariosa and Alan Wong desire to become priests within the Society of Jesus. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
North Stradbroke Island Catholic community elder Aunty Rose Borey had every reason to be brimming with pride when she turned up for Mass last Sunday. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Solo: A Star Wars Story lead actor Alden Ehrenreich would have been forgiven for having a bad feeling about taking on the role that made Harrison Ford into an overnight star. Source: ACOFB.
A Congolese priest who was placed into quarantine after testing positive for Ebola has reportedly been released and declared Ebola-free. Source: Catholic Herald.
Religious persecution is getting worse globally, and assaults have become so frightening that the less terrifying incidents are going unnoticed, according to the latest US religious freedom report. Source: The Tablet.
The jubilation of the Irish people over the referendum result that paves the way to legalise abortion in Ireland is hard to understand, writes Monica Doumit. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
As an investigation into the life of Catholic apologist GK Chesterton nears a close, admirers of the English writer voiced hope that his sainthood cause could soon be opened. Source: CNA.