The asylum-seeking Tamil family who settled in Biloela in outback Queensland has now spent more than 1000 days in immigration detention. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Andrews Government’s broad-brush approach to ban gay conversion therapy in Victoria might unintentionally intrude on rights and freedoms that are precious to everyone, writes Barney Zwartz. Source: The Age.
The United States episcopal conference is encouraging Catholics to get a coronavirus vaccination because it is a “moral responsibility for the common good”, even if some vaccines are connected to abortion-derived cell lines. Source: Crux.
People grieving the loss of loved ones have gathered at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney for Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria’s annual ecumenical and interfaith Christmas Remembrance Service. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Former Australian trade union leader Sharan Burrow, who is now the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, has been appointed to a new Vatican body aimed at reforming capitalism. Source: The Australian.
To celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Melbourne Archdiocese is hosting a televised Jesus is Christmas carols special this Sunday, which can also be viewed online. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
Parramatta Diocese's nine Plenary Council delegates have met face-to-face for the first time and were encouraged to be open to “what the Spirit is saying” to the Church in Australia. Source: Catholic Outlook.
The Morrison Government will commit to $1 billion in aged care funding as part of the mid-year Budget update, in a bid to create another 10,000 home care packages. Source: Canberra Times.
It is impossible to know if the “Great Conjunction” of planets Jupiter and Saturn taking place next week has any connection to the Star of Bethlehem, a Vatican astronomer said. Source: CNA.
Protests against the imprisonment of an 83-year-old Jesuit priest in India have taken place in London and across India. Source: The Tablet.
The economic fallout from the coronavirus is expected to result in a nine per cent increase in homelessness and a 24 per cent rise in families experiencing housing stress next year, according to new analysis. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
The Vatican will begin a campaign to provide its small population of residents and staff with new coronavirus vaccines “in the first months” of 2021, the head of the city-state’s health department said. Source: NCR Online.
Students from 26 Catholic schools across Victoria have shared stories through prose, poetry and art, with many focusing on the pandemic as part of the annual Shared Stories Anthology. Source: Catholic Education Melbourne.
Pro-life advocates have expressed hope that a controversial abortion bill passed by South Australia’s upper house may still be quashed by the lower house next year. Source: The Southern Cross.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has slammed the “politicisation” of voluntary euthanasia after the Queensland Government roped in a leader of the right-to-die lobby to announce it was delaying its legislation. Source: The Australian.
At the end of this most challenging of years, it is vital that we make sure that women and children have a safe haven to turn to, writes Jack de Groot. Source: Philanthrophy Australia.
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has appointed Tamara Domicelj as its new director, commencing next month, to succeed Carolina Gottardo.
Hanar Keka, a young Iraqi Catholic studying in Brisbane, is over the moon that Pope Francis will visit her home country next year and would love to be there for it. Source: The Catholic Leader.