On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations says Dr King’s belief in the importance of non-violence and the need for global solidarity is shared by Pope Francis. Source: Vatican News.
Humanitarian migrants from eight countries will be prioritised under one of Australia’s refugee resettlement programs, with other nationalities told their applications are highly unlikely to be accepted. Source: The Guardian.
Political lobbying can be high-profile or less prominent. Last Wednesday I was in the Senate Courtyard as part of the supporting cast in a lower-profile activity, writes John Warhurst. Source: Canberra Times.
Pope Francis finished his weekly audience catechesis on liturgy yesterday by encouraging faithful to allow the “flowers of Mass” to blossom in their everyday lives. Source: Crux.
Just days before she succumbed to an aggressive type of breast cancer, a Sydney mum spoke of her opposition to assisted suicide. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Catholic athletes have displayed their rousing singing skills and a penchant for rosary beads as they tuned up for the Commonwealth Games, which begin on the Gold Coast today. Source: The Catholic Leader.
A partnership between two not-for-profit aged care providers will see more housing offered to older Victorians in need. Source: OCAV.
Bibles have reportedly been pulled from sale at online bookstores in China, sparking confusion and outrage from frustrated Chinese-Christians on social media. Source: ABC News.
A new project is changing the way maths is taught to primary school students in Sydney Catholic schools. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
The Turnbull Government’s plan to cut income support from up to 7,000 asylum-seekers could leave people destitute, hungry and at increased risk of self-harm, refugee advocates say. Source: The Guardian.
A Nigerian bishop says religious leaders in his country are “as divided as the people” and “seduced by the power of politicians”. Source: Crux.
Four members of a Catholic family were killed in a militant attack in southern Pakistan on Monday, a day after the minority community celebrated Easter. Source: Ucanews.com
Restricting the Vatican's control over the appointment of bishops in China does not infringe on believers' religious freedom, a Chinese official said yesterday. Source: Canberra Times.
Repeat child sexual abusers will face possible life sentences as NSW overhauls pedophile punishment laws, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has avoided introducing state laws to break the seal of confession. Source: ABC News.
The Majellan, a favourite among many Catholic families in Australia and New Zealand, this year celebrates its 70th year of publication. Source: Majellan Publications.
“Withhold judgement, and at the very least, offer a smile.” That’s the advice of Randa Habelrih, an advocate for people with autism and their loved ones. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Lana Turvey-Collins does not shrink from the challenge of leading a high-stakes national conversation about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.
This year marks 80 years of religious service for Ballarat-based Loreto Sister Caroline Deutscher. The 99-year-old will be celebrating the milestone with family and friends this Sunday. Source: The Courier.