Families in South Australia are still waiting for the state's education minister to deliver on a promise to ensure all children in rural areas, including those who attend Catholic schools, have access to a school bus. Source: The Southern Cross.
Cardinal Joseph Zen says the situation of the Church in China is dire and he predicts the end of the underground Church. Source: CNA.
A Nigerian bishop urged worshippers at the funeral of a seminarian killed by terrorists to uphold their faith and demand that the country’s president protect people of all faiths in violence-prone areas of the country. Source: Crux.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge says Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia is not just for a distant and alien part of the world, but has much to offer the Church in Australia. Source: ACBC.
Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected and the Church is present and active with “Amazonian features”. Source: CNS.
Australian Catholic University will run a short course on the themes for the Plenary Council 2020 at its Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney campuses next month.
Catholic community service providers are among faith-based organisations that have united to oppose draft religious discrimination legislation over fears it could favour religious expression over other rights. Source: SBS News.
Gerard Gaskin has been named executive director of Catholic Education Tasmania, replacing John Mula who last year took up a position with Catholic Education South Australia. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
Rain has brought hope to some of the country’s drought-stricken farm communities. Source: The Catholic Leader.
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx will not seek a second term as head of the national bishops’ conference, citing age and a desire to spend more time in his archdiocese as key reasons for the decision. Source: Crux.
Pope Francis has told health care professionals they must “promote the dignity and life of each person and reject any compromise in the direction of euthanasia, assisted suicide or suppression of life”. Source: CNS.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt says successive governments have “failed” to reach the lofty expectations of closing the gap in Aboriginal disadvantage set a decade ago – and a new approach is needed. Source: The Age.
The Missionary Sisters of Service returned to the Victorian birthplace of the congregation’s founder, Fr John Corcoran Wallis yesterday to launch a book of the visionary priest’s letters home.
An adequately resourced disability support system has taken nearly 50 years to establish and will probably take even more time to fully implement, writes Helen Burt. Source: Eureka Street.
“Pop, crack” is how neighbours described the sounds alerting them to a fierce blaze that destroyed a Queensland Catholic church early yesterday. Source: ABC News.
Former Macquarie Group chief executive Nicholas Moore has been appointed the new chair of the National Catholic Education Commission. Source: ACBC.
Pope Francis has told a group of US bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining married men and female deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic exhortation. Source: The Tablet.
Prosecutors in the Philippines have exonerated four bishops charged with plotting to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration. Source: UCA News.