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The Vatican has issued a new instruction on the renewal of parish life, urging parishes to abandon “outdated” models and to embrace what Pope Francis has styled as a spirit of “missionary evangelisation”.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.
The increasing number of coronavirus cases in aged care facilities in Victoria has prompted the announcement of new measures to reduce the risk of spread. Source: Ballarat Courier.
New economic modelling suggests over half a million Australians would be thrown into poverty if the JobSeeker payment returns to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic level of $40 a day. Source: SBS News.
A new group has been launched to oppose euthanasia legislation in Tasmania, with legislation expected to be introduced to the state's parliament next month. Source: Tasmania Talks.
A Maronite church in western Sydney was closed on Saturday after a parishioner tested positive to COVID-19. Source: Daily Telegraph.
A new initiative to encourage parishes and local communities to harbour a fully inclusive Church environment has been launched by the West Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office. Source: The Record.
A fire at the cathedral in Nantes on Saturday is believed to have been started deliberately, French prosecutors say. Source: BBC News.
Caritas Internationalis has echoed Pope Francis’ call for debt relief to poor countries reeling from war, poverty and the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNS.
An Adelaide family has helped bring holy water to isolated senior parishioners who have missed regular connections with the Church during COVID-19 restrictions. Source: The Southern Cross.
Failing to address the unemployment and underemployment challenges facing Australia will have significant impacts on the social and economic wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of people for many years, writes Joe Zabar. Source: Pro Bono News.