The Church’s view on the death penalty has “matured”, meaning that every life must be guarded without exception and that capital punishment is a “serious violation of the right to life”, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.
After calling the country’s Catholic bishops “useless fools” who should be “killed,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has now warned anyone against harming priests and prelates. Source: Catholic Herald.
The Vatican has announced Cardinal George Pell will be investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after he was found guilty of child sexual abuse. Source: CNS.
The Australian Human Rights Commission’s president has strongly criticised the ParentsNext welfare program, arguing it "risks further entrenching poverty and inequality”. Source: The Guardian.
Evil is limited compared to the expanding force of God’s holiness in the world, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
Catholic Schools NSW has written to its school communities, highlighting its wishlist and key issues in the lead-up to the New South Wales election next month. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
A pregnancy counselling and support organisation has expressed its deep concern for women’s physical and mental health if the South Australian Parliament passes abortion reform laws. Source: The Southern Cross.
Once a month, the Launceston Catholic Parish Centre becomes a busy dining room as people experiencing loneliness sit down to share a meal with new friends. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
One in three Australian school principals was physically attacked and one in two experienced threats of violence at work, according to a new survey released yesterday. Source: Catholic Voice.
The Maitland-Newcastle Diocese’s Development and Refugee Agency, known as DARA, helps provide integration opportunities and independence for migrants. Source: MNnews.Today.
Participants at a Scripture conference in Vietnam have urged Church leaders to develop Bible programs for Catholics to bear witness to God’s Word in their daily lives. Source: ucanews.com.
Pope Francis is calling on the faithful not to let the Lenten season of grace pass in vain. Source: Vatican News.
Thieves have broken into an Anglican church in Dublin, vandalising the crypt and taking the head of an 800-year-old mummy known as “the Crusader”. Source: Catholic Herald.
More attention needs to be given to the role of public policy in the medicalisation of Australian society, writes Catholic Social Services Australia's Brenton Prosser. Source: The Mandarin.
Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ’s legacy was celebrated in Melbourne on Monday at an event attended by two religious medical doctors visiting from India. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
The jurors in Cardinal George Pell’s trial must have judged the complainant to be honest and reliable even though many of the details he gave were improbable, if not impossible, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: Eureka Street.
Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty and faces jail for child sexual abuse – a court decision that shocked Catholics across Australia and around the world, including the bishops of Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Passengers on board an international cruise ship will be able to take part in an Ash Wednesday service thanks to ashes from the Adelaide Cathedral parish. Source: The Southern Cross.