Christians have the teachings and the responsibility to address growing fear of and discrimination against immigrants and refugees, said speakers opening a Vatican-sponsored conference. Source: Crux.
Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, yesterday called Pope Francis an “extraordinary man for extraordinary times” in a press conference at the Vatican. Source: CNS.
Broken Bay Diocese officially launched its new Diocesan Office for Safeguarding last night, following an extensive review of its safeguarding structures. Source: Broken Bay News.
Many saints have demonstrated that despite a difficult childhood, hope can still be found in Christ and the mission received from him, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
Catholic schools have accused the Victorian Government of “starving” them of money for new buildings and upgrades as the non-government sector fights for funding ahead of the state election. Source: The Age.
The recent 12th international gathering of Teams of Our Lady was a deeply moving experience for five Canberra couples. Source: Catholic Voice.
The Senate has ordered the Morrison Government to release a review of religious freedom led by former Liberal minister Philip Ruddock. Source: SBS News.
Visiting US Cardinal Edwin O'Brien says we shouldn't sell our priests short when it comes to maintaining vows of celibacy. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Two Sisters of the Good Samaritan had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week while attending a worldwide gathering of Benedictine sisters and nuns in Rome. Source: The Good Oil.
Staffing needs in aged care homes have dominated early discussions as the federal Government thrashes out the scope of its royal commission into the sector. Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Pope Francis has announced new rules to bolster the contribution of lay people in the Synod of Bishops process so it can become a “privileged instrument of listening to the People of God.” Source: The Tablet.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is promising to pump at least $4 billion into schools funding under a complex new deal to appease Catholic and low-fee independent schools. Source: The Australian.
California’s Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him. Source: Crux.
At the age of 85, and after a lifetime as a declared atheist, former Labor leader and governor-general Bill Hayden has been baptised as a Catholic. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards OMI led 400 people through the city for a “Walk of Witness” before the archdiocesan launch of the 2018-19 Social Justice Statement, A Place to Call Home. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
A Catholic social services agency has launched two short films aimed at debunking misconceptions and reinforcing the importance of foster care in the community. Source: MNnews.today.
A new study has shown Australian teenagers have complex views on religion and spirituality, write researchers Andrew Singleton, Anna Halafoff, Gary D Bouma and Mary Lou Rasmussen. Source: The Conversation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will enact “preventative regulation and legislation” to shield freedom of religion from future enemies, giving a hint about his government’s intentions regarding religious freedom laws. Source: The Age.