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Pope Francis Vatican

Light candles of hope in the midst of darkness: Pope

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis encouraged Christians not to be brought down by the “doom and gloom” of the world, but to witness to the joy of the Gospel through service to those in need. Source: CNA.

In The Dioceses

Diocesan Assembly commits to local mission

Participants of the Adelaide Diocesan Assembly have pledged to take practical steps to fulfil the mission of the local Church. Source: The Southern Cross.

Social Justice

Report says prison population could be safely reduced by one-third

Australia’s prison population could be reduced by one-third with little risk to community safety, according to research conducted for the Institute of Public Affairs. Source: The Guardian.

Opinion Poverty

Why we need a special day to see the poor

World Day of the Poor was marked yesterday. It deserves special attention because, as we all know, the rich get 364 days. There is just one for the poor, writes Michael McGirr. Source: Eureka Street.


Queensland named divorce capital of Australia

Queensland had the highest crude divorce rate in Australia last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Cost Of Living

Cost-of-living pressures not being felt equally

Low-income households, older households and households with mortgages are facing the highest cost-of-living pressures in Australia, according to new analysis. Source: ABC News.


Ancient order takes a novel approach to serving those in need

Tasmanian members of the ancient Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem have undertaken a novel initiative, working with the St Vincent de Paul Society to bring the pleasure of reading to those in need. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Abuse crisis

Vatican opens abuse investigation of French cardinal

The Vatican will open an investigation into French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, who admitted in a public letter that he had abused a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. Source: CNS.

Human Rights South America

Church groups in Brazil fight human trafficking in Amazon

The Church has been trying to raise awareness that Brazil’s Amazon region is seeing a rise in human trafficking but activists say it’s a battle of David against Goliath. Source: Crux.