Recent progress in the Church on the inclusion of people with a disability is encouraging, but there is more to be done, says Zachariah Duke, who has been appointed as an advisor to Melbourne Catholic services provider VMCH.
Students at St Ignatius’ College Riverview have committed to walk 7000km - the distance from Sydney to Cambodia - to raise money for Cambodians whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19. Source: Jesuit Mission.
Consultations on the draft second edition of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards being developed by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd are now underway.
Pope Francis has donated a ventilator to a hospital in Brazil as the medical ship named in his honour is re-tasked to bring medical assistance to coronavirus-hit communities on the Amazon River. Source: Vatican News.
The Morrison Government’s decision on the future of the Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments must deliver an outcome that adequately supports those who are vulnerable, Catholic Social Services Australia says.
A report from the Nigeria-based International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law claims 620 Nigerian Christians were killed in the first six months of this year. Source: Crux.
Campion College will welcome students back to its Sydney-based campus for second semester with preparations being made for a return to face-to-face classes later this month.
The US government executed its first federal inmate in 17 years yesterday, following numerous delays and requests for clemency from the family of the victims. Source: CNA.
International students in Melbourne are turning to foodbanks to survive as casual work dries up in the second Melbourne lockdown. Source: The Guardian.
A group of parishioners has been among the first to answer the invitation from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB to make a submission to a parliamentary inquiry on the importance of the seal of the confessional. Source: The eRecord.
CatholicCare Wollongong has announced the commencement of the Bushfire Recovery Counselling Support Program and the appointment of a local recovery counsellor to assist people who have been affected by recent bushfires.
Pope Francis has appointed Bathurst’s Bishop Michael McKenna as a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. Source: Diocese of Bathurst.
Melbourne parents need to take the pressure off themselves now they are once again supporting their children's learning at home, according to two education experts. Source: ACU.
New research on disadvantage in Australia has found that it’s not just income that matters when calculating disadvantage, but other factors such as health and education. Source: The Conversation.
An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes this Sunday will "affirm the power of prayer" against COVID-19, said the shrine's vice rector. Source: CNS.
Cardinal George Pell says he was spat on and abused by fellow prisoners while serving time in jail for historical child sex offences and that, in his darkest hours, he contemplated abandoning his fight to clear his name. Source: The Australian.
Independent schools in Melbourne have backflipped on decisions to slash fees as thousands of students prepare for a return to remote learning. Source: Herald-Sun.
A US court has ordered a delay of the first scheduled federal execution in 17 years, saying the drug to be used would likely cause extreme pain and suffering, in violation of the Constitution. Source: CNA.
Several US bishops, along with clergy and religious brothers and sisters, have signed a statement opposing federal executions that are scheduled to resume this month. Source: CNA.