Pope Francis has sent condolences to victims of wildfires in Greece and flooding caused by the collapse of a hydroelectric dam in Laos, expressing his “heartfelt solidarity” with those affected. Source: Crux.
Doctors in Belgium have killed three children by euthanasia in the past two years, official figures have revealed. Source: Catholic Herald.
Victoria’s top cop backed the right of priests to retain the seal of the confessional over mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse in answers to the inquiry that sparked the child abuse royal commission. Source: The Australian.
Pope Francis’ most senior adviser on child protection has called on the Church to move “swiftly and decisively” to adopt new policies for bishops and cardinals accused of sexual abuse and misconduct. Source: The Tablet.
Indonesia has passed an anti-terror law aimed at preventing suicide attacks, such as the May attack on churches in the city of Surabaya. Source: NCR Online.
Sr Patricia Fox, the Australian missionary who last week was ordered by Philippine authorities to be deported, is not leaving the country just yet. Source: ucanews.com.
Broken Bay Diocese hosted a one-day conference at the Caroline Chisholm Centre in Pennant Hills on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical on life and married love. Source: Broken Bay News.
A Catholic surgeon has vowed to lobby state politicians and enlist the support of doctors and nurses to highlight the dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland. Source: The Catholic Leader.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has not given retailers and residents his immediate backing to have a Catholic homelessness centre moved. Source: The Advertiser.
The Catholic school funding issue has spilt into the Longman by-election with a local school forum told last night that $57 million will be ripped from the sector in Queensland over the next two years. Source: The Australian.
The voices of young people who have had contact with the justice system are front and centre in a new campaign launched by Jesuit Social Services in Melbourne yesterday. Source: Mirage News.
A teary-eyed Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila lamented the deaths of innocent people killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. Source: Crux.
Several experts have questioned the scientific validity of a study on the Shroud of Turin that concluded that almost half the blood stains were “painted on”. Source: CNA.
The head of the Vatican office for laity and family said he was “shocked” when he heard allegations of years of sexual abuse and harassment by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Source: CNS.
Are funerals for the dead, or the living? It can be a difficult question to answer, especially for families who disagree about the role religion should play in the send-off of a loved one. Source: ABC News.
A Tasmanian family who traces its origins back to two convict brothers who were involved in the building of churches at Pontville and Colebrook gathered to celebrate 200 years since their family arrived in the state. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
Today’s politicians still claim to be family-friendly, but social and economic changes make such claims rhetorical, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.
“It was like you’re living in hell.” This is how an 11-year-old Iranian asylum-seeker described the five years she spent in detention on Nauru. Source: The Catholic Leader.