More than a quarter of Australian households suffer from energy poverty, risking their health and comfort during winter to avoid “billing anxiety”. Source: The Age.
More than 100,000 older Australians are waiting for at-home care packages they have already been approved for, with aged care groups warning the stagnating waiting list could prematurely force some into residential facilities. Source: The Guardian.
A bishop in the Philippines has defended a recent pastoral letter issued by the nation's bishops conference criticising the Duterte Government's new anti-terrorism law. Source: Crux.
Grants of up to $20,000 are now available to not-for-profit organisations throughout rural, regional and remote Australia to support projects that improve and strengthen the mental health of their communities. Source: CCI Giving.
Catholic Mission’s annual Socktober program, which encourages students to learn about mission and social justice through soccer, was launched in South Brisbane yesterday.
A Catholic secondary college in outer Melbourne has made Wednesdays a work from home day for year 11 and 12 students. Source: Herald Sun.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is under renewed pressure to permanently increase the rate of JobSeeker as he promises recipients they will receive a more generous amount than the $550 Newstart allowance into 2021. Source: The Australian.
After years of waiting, the Wagga Wagga Diocese will have a new bishop when Bishop Mark Edwards OMI is installed today. Source: The Daily Advertiser.
Pope Francis made a surprise visit yesterday to a sports camp for the children of Vatican employees. Source: CNA.
A Syrian Catholic cathedral struck by missiles over a five-year period has reopened following its restoration. Source: CNA.
The Vatican has issued a new instruction on the renewal of parish life, urging parishes to abandon “outdated” models and to embrace what Pope Francis has styled as a spirit of “missionary evangelisation”. Source: Crux.
Millions of workers will keep receiving the JobKeeper wage subsidy until the end of March in an extension of the $70 billion program under a fresh eligibility test to ensure the payments go to those in genuine need. Source: The Age.
Suicide is more than a mental health issue and reducing the suicide rate will require broad policy thinking and funding, an adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the issue warns. Source: The Australian.
Catholic lawyers have accused the New South Wales Government of delaying the start of anti-slavery laws that would force it to confront the risk of forced labour in its own supply chains. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Op shops have emerged as an unlikely winner amid the coronavirus pandemic, with stores reporting sales at far higher rates than before the virus forced many retail outlets to shut down. Source: ABC News.
Marists celebrated the joining of the District of Melanesia with the Province of Australia with a special online gathering yesterday.
The University of Notre Dame Australia has teamed up with Sydney Catholic Schools to support year 12 students studying maths.
Who will be allocated a ventilator, and who will miss out? Who decides, and on what basis, ask St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Erwin Loh and Daniel Fleming. Source: Insight+ Medical Journal of Australia.
A statue of St Michael in the west African nation of Benin has been condemned as racist as the Black Lives Movement continues to spark debate across the globe. Source: Crux.