Caring for the sick, especially those near death, cannot be reduced simply to giving them medicine, but must include providing healing and comfort that gives their lives value and meaning, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.
Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna says he is willing to seriously consider the issue of married priests but he sees the benefits of celibate clergy. Source: Central Western Daily.
The Tasmanian Government aims to make it mandatory for religious leaders to report sexual abuse of children heard in the confessional. Source: The Mercury.
A Vietnamese Catholic mother faces an anxious wait to learn if a Melbourne judge will support her proposed deportation and separation from her baby daughter. Source: The Guardian.
Pope Francis has asked every Catholic to pray the Rosary each day this month for the protection of the Church from attacks by the devil. Source: CNS.
The Caritas international network is responding with emergency assistance following a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia that has killed more than 840 people and left thousands homeless. Source: Caritas Australia.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her cabinet were met by pro-life protesters last week voicing opposition to the Government’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment will see Church leaders share wisdom and learn from the world’s youth, according to Australia’s bishop delegates. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
An Adelaide church built in 1985 has become the youngest Catholic church to be listed on the South Australian State Heritage Register. Source: The Southern Cross.
The Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: The Tablet.
In a ceremony rich with Catholic tradition and Aboriginal culture, the Diocese of Darwin last night welcomed Bishop Charles Gauci as its new shepherd. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Pope Francis has written to members of the Catholic Church in China, asking them to have faith in the Vatican’s judgment in signing an agreement with their government. Source: NCR Online.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez says Hispanic Catholic leaders are living an important moment in the history of the Church in the United States and are called to rise and continue the work of building the Church. Source: CNS.
Legal barriers that have prevented child sexual abuse survivors from suing institutions will be removed following the introduction of new civil litigation laws in the NSW Parliament. Source: Ten Daily.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists he’s not sitting on a report into religious freedoms until after a by-election in the Sydney seat of Wentworth next month. Source: The Australian.
Queensland Catholic schools are digging deep to support struggling farm families caught in the long drought. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Ladies in Black tells the story of a group of feisty women who are employees of a clothing store in Sydney in the summer of 1959. Source: ACOFB.
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