Pope Francis will write an Apostolic Exhortation on the Synod on the Family “soon” while “the iron’s hot,” the Vatican Secretary of State has confirmed, reports The Catholic Herald.
A Syrian priest who was held by Islamic State militants for nearly three months and threatened with execution has, for the first time, spoken about his ordeal, reports the BBC.
On Tuesday, Francis issued a letter reminding aides that although his council of cardinals is pondering reform of the Curia, all existing rules still apply. This was either a routine bureaucratic reminder or a rebuke of Cardinal Pell, writes John Allen.
A Christian Pakistani woman was set on fire and nearly burned to death in Punjab province after she refused to marry her former boyfriend, reports the Christian Post.
A priest who was dismissed from his roles in the Vatican after announcing he was in a gay relationship on the eve of the Synod of the Family has launched an attack on the Church in a letter to Pope Francis, reports The Tablet.
Two prominent priests say they are “appalled, ashamed and offended” that former prime minister Tony Abbott would cite the Bible on the world stage to argue for anti-immigration measures, reports Fairfax Media.
The Church has a unique role in combatting belief in sorcery and mob reprisal attacks against “sorcerers,” a bishop in Papua New Guinea has said, according to The Catholic Herald.
Nostra Aetate threw out the ancient “Christ killer” charge levied at the Jews for centuries. But more significantly, it demonstrates that Church teaching can be changed, writes Maureen Field, in NCR Online.
This Australian drama of unfolding intrigue tells the story of a glamorous dressmaker, who returns in the early 1950s to a fictional Victorian town to renew contact with her unstable mother, who she thinks has wronged her.
Enrolments have opened for Sydney’s first-ever purpose built Catholic Secondary Special School for children with moderate intellectual disabilities and complex learning needs, which is set to open in February 2016, reports Sydney Catholic.
A young woman’s sharing of hugs to raise money for a Queensland Catholic charity moved an Australian packaging company to donate a year’s supply of coffee cups to the homeless, reports The Catholic Leader.
The Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Bill Wright, has thrown his “full and unwavering support” behind his Anglican counterpart, who revealed he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy, reports the ABC.
Pope Francis has called on military chaplains to tend to soldiers’ wounds with the healing balm of the sacraments, reports the Catholic News Service.
The Archdiocese of Sydney, the ACU and the NSW Jewish community are hosting a conference on Christian-Jewish relations in Sydney today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.
The Turnbull government has not yet met the Church to discuss a national redress scheme for child abuse survivors, just months before it will decide whether to establish such a scheme, reports Fairfax Media.
Two emergency teams from Caritas are on their way to remote areas hit by an earthquake in north-eastern Pakistan, reports ucanews.com in The Tablet.
The British government has agreed to consider whether the slaughter and expulsion of Christians from the Middle East by Islamist terrorists constitutes genocide, but said it was reluctant to use the term, reports The Catholic Herald.
Pope Francis has introduced “a far more open approach to addressing pastoral issues in the Church” and “there is huge support among the bishops” for what he is trying to do, according to US Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Sr Anastasia Badeeff is expecting a chilly welcome when she returns home to Belarus this week, reports The Catholic Leader.
Given the hostility he faced from some of his own cardinals and fierce resistance from conservative lobbies, Pope Francis will have ended the Synod a happy man and with a document that has won approval from the worldwide episcopate, writes Christopher Lamb.