Despite the pandemic limiting access to the sacraments, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said confession by phone is still most likely invalid. Source: Crux.
The old rate of JobSeeker was leaving some people with as little as $7 per day after paying rent, a new Anglicare Australia survey has found. Source: SBS News.
Leading United States bishops are imploring the Trump administration to stop scheduled federal executions during the season of Advent. Source: CNA.
Pope Francis is set to break a 15-month hiatus from international travel with a historic visit to Iraq next year. Source: Vatican News.
Bishop-Elect Greg Bennet will this morning be ordained the 10th bishop of Sale Diocese, in a Mass livestreamed from St Mary’s Cathedral in Sale. Source: Sale Diocese.
Almost one in four Australians are experiencing feelings of loneliness in the lead-up to Christmas following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data. Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Australia’s faith leaders are urging Scott Morrison to put the implementation of a religious discrimination act at the top of his political agenda next year. Source: The Australian.
Pope Francis has set out a fresh and inspiring path for the Church that should prompt Australia’s Catholics to support environmental action as a central part of their faith, a national online forum has been told. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Australians are passionate about sport. But how are the Church, faith and sport connected and why should they be, asks Malcom Hart. Source: The Bridge.
The Benedictine community at New Norcia in Western Australia has installed an interactive memorial in honour of people who have experienced neglect or abuse. Source: The eRecord.
A Catholic organisation fighting modern slavery has welcomed ground-breaking statements by major supermarkets shining a light on a dark side of fruit and vegetable production. Source: The Catholic Leader.
There is no pandemic or crisis that can turn off the light of Christmas, Pope Francis told the faithful present in St Peter’s Square and following through the media during yesterday's Angelus address. Source: Vatican News.
Catholic schools in New South Wales have increased their enrolments for the second year running, driven by an influx of students from outside the religion. Source: The Australian.
Caritas Australia is encouraging Australians to buy a Christmas gift with meaning and help create life-long change for some of the world’s poorest communities through its Global Gifts campaign.
Catholic Health Australia has lodged its submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s consultation into voluntary euthanasia legislation.
Days after introducing a bill to criminalise gay conversion practices, the Victorian Government has been accused of over-reach as a contentious debate regarding human rights and religion looms in Parliament. Source: The Sunday Age.
Sydney Archdiocese has marked the 50th anniversary of the visit of St Paul VI to Australia in 1970 – the first papal visit to Oceania. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Working for Christian unity can no longer be seen as “optional” by bishops and Catholics should avoid polemics when it comes to ecumenical dialogue, according to a new document released by the Vatican. Source: The Tablet.