It’s the end of an era for a group of Melbourne volunteers who’ve supported thousands of children and their families across the globe for almost four decades. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
The month-long Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment wrapped up on Saturday, with the final document discussing sexual abuse, women in Church leadership, gender, sexuality and “synodality”. Source: Crux.
A decision on the future of the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been delayed to March or April. Source: Stuff.co.nz.
Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness. Source: CNS.
Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous has formed a taskforce to meet unmet needs around homelessness in Tasmania and is asking parishes to take part in tackling the issue. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
US Catholic bishops have condemned “all acts of violence” following the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Source: CNS.
Ireland has voted to lift a rarely enforced constitutional ban on blasphemy in the latest secular reform for the once staunchly Catholic country, referendum results showed on Saturday. Source: SBS News.
The training and formation of lay missionaries of the Church at all levels was high on the list of priorities for an international symposium in Rome. Source: Catholic Mission and OPW.
The Church in South Australia has added its voice to calls for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to bring to an end the suffering of children and families seeking asylum who are detained on Nauru. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.
More than 70 women gathered in Perth last week for a lively discussion on the role of women in the Church. Source: The eRecord.
A caravan of thousands has reignited the immigration debate in the United States just weeks before the country’s midterm elections. Source: America Magazine.
Walking an ancient pilgrims’ path, a group of about 300 Synod participants and young people from Rome parishes headed to St Peter’s Basilica to pray at the apostle’s tomb. Source: Crux.
A delegation of faith leaders has met with Immigration Minister David Coleman and shadow minister Shayne Neumann to discuss the plight of asylum-seeker children on Nauru. Source: Catholic Religious Australia.
Laws protecting gay students from discrimination at religious schools won’t come to Parliament until at least the final sitting of the year. Source: The Australian.
Australian diplomats are actively lobbying for the release of Asia Bibi, a Catholic Pakistani woman on death row for blasphemy. Source: SBS News.
Campaigning for action on climate change is a matter of survival for former Kiribati president Anote Tong and his people. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Making his directorial debut with a remake of the 1937 film A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper delivers a knockout meditation on celebrity and addiction, love and success. Source: ACOFB.
In his message for the second World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis has called for a new evangelisation that prompts Catholics “to make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor”. Source: ACBC Media Blog.