Pope Francis has strongly defended his record on naming women to positions of authority at the Vatican, saying in a new book that women do not need to be priests to serve as leaders in the global Church. Source: NCR Online.
Catholic Social Services Australia is among a coalition of more than 200 groups and individuals to sign an open letter calling on parliamentarians to block proposed changes to the responsible lending laws. Source: Australian Financial Review.
A delegation from the US National Basketball Players Association, the union representing NBA players, met Pope Francis yesterday to discuss their work in promoting social justice. Source: Crux.
A student event at the University of Sydney turned ugly after protestors attacked a pro-life stall, verbally abusing and physically threatening its organisers. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
There is a strong case that a well-preserved first-century house excavated at Nazareth was the childhood home of Jesus, a British archaeologist has claimed. Source: The Times.
Melbourne Archdiocese is encouraging families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday Gospels in its new weekly video series, Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
Claire Victory, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, is asking people in a position to do so to dig a bit deeper this year as Vinnies launches its Christmas Appeal after a very tough year.
Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Child Protection Studies is part of a new Global Safeguarding Alliance that will promote safeguarding and the prevention of abuse of children, adolescents and other vulnerable people.
Two of Melbourne’s oldest single-sex Catholic schools will merge into one co-educational school next year, although boys will outnumber girls by about five to one. Source: The Age.
A Queensland island is the unlikely home for a religious artwork brought to Australia 50 years ago by Pope Paul VI. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Sr Mary Leahy is one of only a select few that can board the ships to speak to the foreign seafarers stranded at Sydney’s sprawling Port Botany wharves due to COVID-19 border restrictions. Source: ABC News.
Young people from Panama handed over the World Youth Day cross and Marian icon to a delegation from Portugal after Mass at St Peter's Basilica yesterday. Source: CNA.
Pope Francis has urged young economists, entrepreneurs and business leaders to promote post-pandemic development models that involve the poor. Source: Crux.
The Sisters of St Joseph have applauded the decision by the Victorian Government to prioritise social housing in its upcoming budget and called on the Commonwealth to do more to address a chronic shortage of housing nationwide.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP commended the strength of Middle Eastern Christians as Sydney’s Melkite Catholic community planted a Lebanese cedar outside St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Trailblazing obstetrician Bernadette White has been awarded Catholic Health Australia’s Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award for her dedication to the health sector.
Australia’s Catholic bishops will tomorrow open their second plenary meeting of the year under COVID-19 restrictions, with almost 40 bishops and other senior Church figures to gather online. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Places of worship in Victoria will be able to hold religious ceremonies for up to 150 people indoors and 300 people outdoors from today after Premier Daniel Andrews further eased COVID-19 restrictions in the state. Source: The Age.