More than 10,000 asylum-seekers who arrived in Australia under the border policies of the Rudd and Gillard governments would be given a pathway to citizenship under a Shorten government. Source: The Australian.
Churches at the site along the banks of the Jordan River where Jesus is believed to have been baptised could reopen within a year, as thousands of landmines are cleared from the location. Source: CNA.
Pope Francis yesterday lamented that the poor, the unborn, those imprisoned and those who have been forcibly “disappeared” do not enjoy the same human rights protections as the wealthy. Source: Crux.
Pope Francis has invited Christians to live the Advent season preparing for Christmas by asking for the grace of keeping the faith. Source: Vatican News.
Ten years ago, I was privileged to chair the Rudd Government’s human rights consultation that recommended a national human rights act. Neither side of politics was interested in this suggestion, writes Fr Frank Brennan. Source: Eureka Street.
Members of Victoria’s deaf community and their families attended a special Christmas Mass Rally at the John Pierce Centre in Melbourne last week. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
Chaplains have reacted to the findings of a new youth survey, saying the high number of young people concerned about mental health should be a call to action to the Church as well as Australia’s health sector. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The education of Victorian children is being put at risk by Premier Daniel Andrews’ refusal to sign up to the Coalition Government’s school funding offer, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday. Source: The Age.
A researcher from the University of Notre Dame Australia has joined an effort to reduce the number of medical interventions that occur during childbirth. Source: The Record.
A major overhaul of the storage of vestments and other liturgical textiles is under way at Tasmania’s archdiocesan archives. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
The Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square were unveiled in a ceremony on Friday. Source: CNS.
The Church’s entry into the National Redress Scheme will take place as dioceses are ready, rather than the original plan to have all dioceses enter at once. Source: ACBC.
While the child abuse royal commission shone a much-needed light on clergy assaults against children, adults who have also been the victims of sexual misconduct by priests say they are yet to be properly recognised. Source: The Age.
A Sydney parish has been forced to cancel its inaugural Christmas light show after $10,000 worth of the display was stolen last week. Source: Daily Telegraph.
A visit from the Apostleship of the Sea ministry brought some early Christmas cheer for seafarers on three ships docked at Port Botany in Sydney. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis prayed for people struggling to survive and for families who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced. Source: CNS.
The Vatican’s foreign minister has told a group of his European counterparts that discrimination against Christians might well be termed “the last acceptable prejudice” in many societies. Source: Crux.
Seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during Algeria’s civil war were beatified on Saturday in the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation. Source: SBS News.