The St Vincent de Paul Society’s National Council has called on the Morrison Government to establish an expert panel to advise it on revisions to welfare payment rates that were originally designed to keep people out of poverty.
An archbishop in the Philippines has declared 21 days of prayer in his archdiocese to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and socio-political turmoil besetting government and Church authorities. Source: UCA News.
A Brisbane church described as “a freak of a building”, but also one of “unique beauty” has won the prestigious Enduring Architecture Award at the annual Queensland Architecture Awards. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Dancing at the Vatican is a moving documentary about a group from Latin America who have Huntington’s disease and travel to the Vatican to see Pope Francis. Source: ACOFB.
Bishop Anthony Randazzo has changed the age of children receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Broken Bay.
A German archdiocese is pressing ahead with plans to dramatically reduce the number of its parishes despite the Vatican’s decision to block a similar plan in another diocese. Source: CNA.
Elective surgeries will be postponed and a former hospital will be recommissioned as part of Melbourne’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Source: ABC News.
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith yesterday released a 17-page document offering a step-by-step guide for how bishops, religious superiors and canon lawyers handle clerical abuse allegations. Source: CNS.
CatholicCare Toowoomba says the refugee sector is “pushed to the limit”, as staff cuts at a major Queensland refugee service provider amid border closures create concern about support for thousands of new arrivals. Source: ABC News.
An expert witness has testified that the slayings of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989 was “premeditated” and preceded by campaigns to discredit the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus. Source: NCR Online.
Stories create an emotional connection and can inspire us to act to overcome bigotry and racism, writes Sr Patty Fawkner SGS. Source: The Good Oil.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will call for a slow “taper” in JobKeeper payments for millions of Australians, as the Morrison Government prepares to revamp the scheme. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
A media report on sexual abuse in the Catholic schools of Fiji has caused “great shame”, according to Suva Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. Source: Crux.
A ground-breaking study shows the Brisbane Archdiocese makes a $2.5 billion contribution to the Queensland economy through its parishes, schools and agencies. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Primary school teachers believe students struggling in mathematics build resilience and develop problem-solving skills, according to a new report partially funded by Catholic organisations. Source: EducationHQ.
New research by the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital has identified opportunities to improve palliative care for people in prison with terminal illnesses. Source: Persuit.
The COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 130 million people into chronic hunger by the end of the year, according to a new United Nations report. Source: Vatican News.