The federal government and Labor are facing fresh calls to set up a national compensation program for thousands of stolen generation families who had their children forcibly removed over several decades. Source: SBS News.
In an interview to mark five years since Pope Benedict XVI's resignation as pontiff, his former secretary has revealed Benedict pledged his “total obedience” to Pope Francis on the evening of his election. Source: The Tablet.
Surfing will be banned at all Catholic schools on the North Coast of NSW due to the threat of shark attacks. Source: The Northern Star.
Children have been banned from entering churches in several regions of China. Source: ucanews.com.
Pope Francis has excommunicated a Sunshine Coast priest for breaching the secret of the confessional after a lengthy investigation which included allegations of misconduct. Source: The Courier Mail.
Researchers from Australia and the United States will present their findings on how young people perceive and engage with the Church during one of a series of significant events that will be held during the Year of Youth. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
A priest and several churchgoers were seriously injured at a Mass in Indonesia yesterday after they were attacked by a man wielding a sword. Source: Yahoo7 News.
On the feast of the patron saint of slavery victims, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP reminded the faithful that modern slavery, while largely hidden, is still embedded in the global economy. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Half of active Catholic parishioners say their opinion of senior Church leaders has been damaged by the revelations aired at the recent child abuse royal commission. Source: The Age.
Two priests have been killed in an armed ambush in Mexico, bringing to 21 the number of priests killed in the country in the past five years. Source: Catholic Herald.
When Wollongong Bishop-Elect Brian Mascord was ordained a priest in 1992, he took “For all things, give thanks" as his motto – words he will carry with him at his episcopal ordination on February 22. Source: Aurora Magazine.
Indigenous Labor Senator Pat Dodson has condemned the Turnbull Government for not committing to closing the gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. Source: SBS News.
The German bishops conference has sought to clarify remarks made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx regarding the "blessing" of same-sex relationships. Source: America Magazine.
Missionary priest Fr Warren Kinne is looking forward to one of the more unusual challenges of his religious life: he has signed up as an official Commonwealth Games chaplain. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Catholic Church has backed Malcolm Turnbull’s call for the states and territories to join the proposed national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors. Source: TJHC.
The National Catholic Education Commission says it remains committed to working with the Turnbull Government and other school sectors to ensure a fair distribution of funds for schools is achieved. Source: NCEC.
In the 1990s, Tonya Harding was a champion ice skater who was embroiled in the controversial injuring of her main rival, Nancy Kerrigan. In I, Tonya, she tells her own story. Source: ACOFB.
The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, and especially in Syria and Iraq. Source: CNA.