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Baroness challenges effectiveness of Vatican child protection body

A founding member of the Holy See’s child protection commission has echoed criticism of its leadership and questioned the wisdom of placing the body within the Vatican’s doctrine office. Source: The Tablet.

Central America

Nicaraguan court orders bishop to remain under house arrest

A Nicaraguan court has ordered that a Catholic bishop remain under house arrest on charges of “conspiracy” and “spreading false news”, a government media site said. Source: Crux.


Call for apology after false evidence used to incriminate Jesuit

Catholic activists and priests want the Indian government to “take full responsibility” for the custodial death of Fr Stan Swamy SJ after US-based digital forensic experts found false evidence was planted on his computer. Source: UCA News.


Parents need support for ‘crucial conversations’

Australian Catholic University child protection expert Professor Daryl Higgins has issued a call to action for more support to help families safeguard their children.


Slain officers remembered as ‘committed and courageous young people’

The tragedy of six people killed in an execution-style ambush and siege is being felt across Queensland. Source: The Catholic Leader.


War will not stop Christmas: Ukrainian archbishop

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church says the war in Ukraine, which has raged for 10 months, will not stop the joy of Christmas. Source: Vatican News. 


Ministers to seafarers celebrate their pastoral efforts

Dozens of people who minister to seafarers on behalf of the Catholic and Anglican churches gathered in Sydney recently for the Oceania regional conference of Stella Maris and Mission to Seafarers. Source: ACBC Media Blog.


Women’s groups join forces with eye to the future

While many faith-based groups and activities struggled to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, one group was exploring ways to grow and enrich its offerings. Source: The Bridge.

Employment Human Rights

Supermarket giant joins call to lift conditions for seasonal workers

Coles is calling for enforceable, uniform housing standards for seasonal farm workers and rules against unfairly docking their pay to prevent overseas labourers from living in poverty. Source: The Age.