National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Linda Reynolds has conceded the Government does not have parliamentary support for its controversial plan to introduce independent assessments to the scheme. Source The Guardian.
Workers forced to stand down during pandemic lockdowns would receive a $3000 disaster recovery payment under a proposal from a key social services group. Source: The Age.
Pope Francis has released a sweeping revision of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, toughening up regulations on abuse, which now include lay people who commit offences while in office. Source: The Tablet.
Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR is halfway through a two-week quarantine period after flying to Australia from the Ukraine to take up his role as bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Ss Peter and Paul for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
Sunday marked the 130th anniversary of the death of St Mary MacKillop’s mother, Flora MacKillop – a woman who devoted her life to God, family and to the sisters who joined her daughter in her work. Source: Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Canada’s bishops expressed their “deepest sorrow” and pledged to “continue walking side by side” with indigenous people in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of 215 children buried at the site of a former residential school. Source: Catholic Register.
While inclement weather forced Adelaide’s Marian Procession and Peace Rally to be moved indoors, it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than 1000 faithful who gathered to honour Mary, Mother of the Church. Source: The Southern Cross.
Australian Catholic University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Marionne MacRitchie, a philanthropist who is changing the lives of women and children in Timor-Leste.
Quoting both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, Cardinal Peter Turkson has defined hunger as “criminal” and access to food as an “an inalienable right”. Source: Crux.
China has announced it is scrapping a policy limiting couples to two children and will now allow them to have three. Source: ABC News.
A visual representation of the unification of Catholic schools across Western Australia 50 years ago has been unveiled. Source: The eRecord.
Ending a month-long Rosary marathon, Pope Francis again turned to Mary, asking her to untie specific knots that have the world tangled in suffering and difficulty, either because of COVID-19 or people’s selfish reactions to it. Source: CNS.
The Archbishop of Paris has lamented an attack on Catholics taking part in a procession commemorating the city’s 19th-century martyrs. Source: CNA.
A monthly video featuring Pope Francis’ prayer intentions has given Catholics an opportunity to be united and feel a part of the universal Church, says the director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. Source: Crux.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, doctors and Catholic hospitals are spearheading a campaign urging the Queensland Government to spend more on the state’s palliative care services. Source: The Catholic Leader.
A new report has found that while COVID-19 came with a financial silver lining for some people, others are suffering ongoing and potentially lifelong impacts. Source: Pro Bono News.
Deon Testore should not be here. At least that’s what some people would have had his parents believe two decades ago. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
The St Vincent de Society National Council is marking National Reconciliation Week by reiterating its support for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution.