Bishops in the United States have welcomed news that the state of Virginia is likely to the first Southern state to outlaw capital punishment. Source: NCR Online.
Pope Francis prayed yesterday for justice and national stability in Myanmar as tens of thousands protested against the February 1 military coup. Source: CNA.
French missionary Sr Nathalie Becquart will be the first woman with a right to vote at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Source: CNS.
Thousands of protesters have rallied in Adelaide demanding a halt to the Marshall Government’s abortion law reforms. Source: The Advertiser.
Maitland-Newcastle Diocese has welcomed its newest school, with the opening of Catherine McAuley Catholic College in Medowie. Source: Newcastle Herald.
A majority of Queensland MPs remain guarded about where they stand on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s election promise to legalise euthanasia in the state. Source: The Courier-Mail.
Australians have donated $250,000 to help Christians in Lebanon through an Aid to the Church in Need Australia emergency appeal.
Senior Australian of the Year Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann calls people to a deep, attentive listening to the other and to creation, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: Australian Jesuits.
The St Vincent de Paul Society has called on the Morrison Government to address several key social policy issues in the 2021-22 Budget, including Jobseeker.
A plan to force aged care providers to report a broader range of alleged abuse or neglect incidents to the sector’s watchdog has been criticised by Labor for excluding vulnerable Australians receiving home care services. Source: The Age.
While the pandemic silenced many concert halls and restricted the use of congregational singing in many churches, Pope Francis prayed that musicians were using this time to listen. Source: Crux.
Gay conversion therapy has been banned in Victoria after a late-night parliamentary debate and despite concerns about the legislation from psychiatrists, religious organisations and lawyers. Source: The Australian.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB this week issued a pastoral letter encouraging the Perth Catholic community in light of the COVID-19 lockdown and bushfires. Source: The Record.
In instituting the Word of God Sunday, Pope Francis has offered a wonderful invitation for people to set their hearts on the Word, writes Rosemary Canavan. Source: The Bridge.
Pope Francis’ ongoing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue will be highlighted in a new series of Vatican stamps. Source: Crux.
Backers of a proposed New South Wales law to affirm parents as the primary educators of their children say it will increase transparency in teaching and resist the undermining of families wishing to pass on values. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
High Ground is an ambitious film that takes up the challenge of honestly examining the life of Australia’s First Nations peoples after 1788 – acknowledging the oppression, massacres and exploitation. Source: Jesuit Media.
Missionaries in Papua New Guinea are promoting eco-sustainable development projects and activities in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. Source: Vatican News.