The Australian Council of Social Service has called for Labor to back an immediate increase to Newstart, rejecting the need for a review. Source: The Australian.
The Holy See is calling for the promotion of the family as the “fundamental and basic unit of all societies”, saying its defence needs to be sustained for the common good of the international community. Source: Vatican News.
An independent organisation founded with the help of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences is logging accounts of attacks against churches in Europe. Source: Crux.
Paul O’Callaghan, the chief executive officer of Caritas Australia, the Church’s international aid and development agency, tendered his resignation yesterday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Jesuit Social Services has called for national leadership to reform youth justice systems across Australia in light of Monday’s Four Corners episode on ABC TV.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has told a Chinese state-run publication that he welcomed the opportunity for China and the Holy See to work together to “build a more secure and prosperous world.” Source: CNA.
Shamiran Merkhaal arrived in Australia as an Iraqi refugee with only a few words of English. A decade later, she teaches disadvantaged youth in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Source: ACU.
Members of an Adelaide parish honoured Mother’s Day on Sunday in a different way – by digging deep into their pockets to support women giving birth in developing countries. Source: The Southern Cross.
Scott Morrison has hit back at a series of uncomfortable questions about whether he believes God will decide the election outcome by saying he is running for prime minister, not pope. Source: The West Australian.
An aide to Pope Francis has shimmied down a manhole in order to restore electricity for hundreds of homeless people living in an unused state-owned building in Rome. Source: The Guardian.
The teachers’ union has been accused of running a misleading campaign on school funding, including cherrypicking data to back up its claim that Catholic schools receive more government support than public schools. Source: The Australian.
The deeper connection with the Rosary that a Canberra priest and parishioner felt last October – while on opposite sides of the world – was the genesis of a new video series that launched on Mother’s Day. Source: Catholic Voice.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has intensified pressure on the workplace umpire to lift wages for up to 2.3 million workers within a matter of weeks, making the decision one of his first priorities if he takes power. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
A diocese that cares more about being an organised workplace than announcing the good news can fall prey to clericalism and distance itself from Christ, Pope Francis said. Source: NCR Online.
Diversity, inclusivity and joy were the key themes addressed on the opening day of the “Mission: One Heart Many Voices” conference in Sydney. Source: Catholic Mission.
Canadian parliamentarians are attempting to pass a law that would protect the conscience rights of doctors, as government leaders look to expand access to euthanasia in the country. Source: CNA.
Since taking on the role of Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese last year, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ has travelled thousands of kilometres commuting between his episcopal seat of Port Pirie and Adelaide. Source: The Southern Cross.
The religious Left may not wield the same political power as the Christian Right, but it is emerging as a diverse, passionate and active voting bloc in Australia. Source: ABC News.