"Pretty much everything a pope does exercises leadership and shapes culture in the Church, whether or not it comes wrapped in a binding magisterial declaration, and the creation of 17 new Cardinals was a case in point," writes John Allen.
Church leaders, parishes, and indigenous communities will gather together this Sunday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Saint John Paul II's visit to Alice Springs on November 29, 1986.
The remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen are to be moved from St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to the Illinois city of Peoria after a two-year dispute between the two dioceses. The Catholic Herald has the story.
Pope Francis In His Own Words, a new documentary containing some of the most important quotes from Pope Francis, has just been released. Rome Reports has the story.
A NSW Supreme Court judge has ordered that lawyers for the Church and two women suing it over their alleged child sexual abuse attempt to settle the case outside court, reports the ABC.
The Church in Rwanda has apologised for its role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regretted the actions of those who participated in the massacres, according to AP in Crux.
The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, says the happiest years of his priesthood were spent working with young Irish immigrants in New York in the 1980s. The Irish Catholic reports.
Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion, extending special permission he had granted them in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy, reports the Catholic News Service.
Pope Francis is trying to build a Church that emphasises inclusion and mercy, and focuses on serving marginalised people. Can he appoint enough like-minded Cardinals to ensure that his vision will endure after he dies, asks The New York Times.
The Archdiocese of Melbourne has announced that it will double the compensation cap available to survivors of child sexual abuse seeking redress through the Melbourne Response to $150,000.
Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over the beach when his Schoolies week came around. He thought he could avoid Schoolies all his life, until a recent appointment placed him as police chaplain on the Gold Coast, reports The Catholic Leader.
World renowned eco-theologian Fr Sean McDonagh, who helped contribute to early drafts of Laudato Si’, has just finished a speaking tour of Australia to spread its message. The Catholic Leader spoke to him.
The Church's 17 new Cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world, and sometimes a Church, often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said on Saturday, reports the Catholic News Service.
The debate over Amoris Laetitia has intensified, after Pope Francis suggested that some responses do not understand the document, according to The Catholic Herald.
The new Vatican commission studying the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Church will be meeting in Rome for the first time as a full group this week. NCR has the story.
"It would have been a dark day had the South Australian parliament authorised euthanasia, and it was a relief to read that the bill did not proceed to law," writes Greg O'Kelly, the Bishop of Port Pirie, in a pastoral letter.
Pope Francis has closed the Holy Year of Mercy by calling the Church back to its roots in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, telling clergy and pilgrims that using “power and success” to evangelise betrays the Gospel message. Religion News Service reports.
"Human trafficking and similar forms of exploitation affect every country on earth," writes Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC), in a new report on human trafficking and slavery.