The Catholic Church in China is a fundamental part of Chinese history and can play a leading role in promoting the common good of all its citizens, says Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Source: ucanews.com.
The Coptic Catholic community of Australia celebrated the long-awaited opening and blessing of St Mark’s Coptic Catholic Church in western Sydney on Saturday. Source: Catholic Outlook.
The constant temptation and cancer of corruption is one of the most devastating illnesses to befall society, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced $55 million in grants to toughen security at places of worship and religious schools amid growing concerns about extremism in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Source: The Age.
The Clemente program, an initiative of Australian Catholic University and St Vincent de Paul Society, is helping to put disadvantaged people on an upward path. Source: Canberra Times.
Caritas Australia is working with its partners in the Solomon Islands to address the problem of water access on the island nation.
The Archdiocese of Rouen in France has concluded its sainthood inquiry into the life and death of a French priest who was killed while celebrating Mass in 2016. Source: CNS.
Blind Eye homeless shelter in South Brisbane will host a monthly Sunday Mass during 2019, establishing itself as a bona fide Church for the people. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Queensland Catholic schools are starting an $80 million push to bring kindergarten kids on to campus. Source: The Courier-Mail.
Labor appears headed for political backlash after supporting a push to make more abortion services freely available as part of its federal election platform. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Church in Melbourne is experiencing its “darkest days” and is standing on “broken ground” in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has said. Source: The Weekend Australian.
For the first time in 300 years, the marble steps of the Holy Stairs will be free from the thick wooden panels installed in 1723 to protect the stairs and be left uncovered for the public. Source: CNS.
Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has appointed Paula Washington as the new executive director of Centacare North Queensland. Source: Townsville Diocese.
Neither employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, the Church has told the Fair Work Commission. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 50 people killed on Friday. Source: NZ Catholic.
Sydney’s Middle Eastern community has celebrated an historic occasion with the launch of the Arabic Contemporary Bible Commentary – the first book of its kind produced in 1000 years. Source: Hope 103.2.
Pope Francis has called for gestures of peace to oppose hatred and violence in the wake of attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. Source: CNA.
Low literacy levels in Australian children are setting up young people to continue the cycle of unemployment and socio-economic struggle, education experts have warned. Source: ACU.