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While the hundreds of Australians who participated in the latest round of discernment for the global Synod of Bishops process identified issues and challenges facing Catholics, there was a strong sense of hope for the Church’s future. Source: Media Blog.
Generous Australians are still dipping into their pockets to help others this Christmas, but cost-of-living pressures have driven an unprecedented surge in demand for support at what is already the busiest time of the year for many charities. Source: SMH.
The Diocese of Broken Bay will host one of Australia’s most powerful Catholic youth gatherings – the Ignite Conference – next September. Source: Ignite Conference.
Queensland has farewelled Constables Rachel McCrow and Matthew Arnold, the two police officers killed in last week’s horrific Wieambilla siege, in a public memorial service at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Pope Francis has again asked for prayers for the children of Ukraine this Christmas as he greeted a Ukrainian woman whose husband is a prisoner of war and their son, following his Wednesday audience. Source: Vatican News.
A growing number of people are being formed to become spiritual directors, with Australian Catholic University now offering their courses online, making them even more widely available.
A lot of audiences, young and old (except the littlies who might find it too scary), will enjoy this tale of Puss in Boots escapades over the holidays. Source: Jesuit Media.