Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been warned the social services system has “the capacity to ruin lives” if the Government does not take urgent action. Source: The Australian.
Giving hope and a helping hand is all in a day’s work for Maria Arema, a life coach based at Canice’s Kitchen who serves people who experience homelessness or isolation in Darlinghurst, in Sydney’s inner-east. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Pope Francis will confer the ministries of catechist, lector and acolyte upon lay men and women for the first time in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, the Vatican announced. Source: CNA.
At one point during the synagogue hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas, on January 15, interfaith leaders stationed at a Catholic church began a theological discussion about why bad things happen to good people. Source: Crux.
A canon lawyer has cast doubts on accusations against retired Pope Benedict XVI over possible negligence as Germans await publication of a report on how leaders of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising handled cases of historical abuse. Source: The Tablet.
Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous has defended the Morrison Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, saying that the legislation would recognise the importance of preventing religious discrimination. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
Australian Jesuit Fr Justin Glyn is featured in the latest episode of a Vatican video series highlighting the lives and contributions of people with disability in the Church. Source: Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life.
Caritas Australia is raising funds to support communities affected by the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai undersea volcano in Tonga.
Abortion was the leading cause of death globally in 2021, according to data aggregation site Worldometer. Source: Eternity News.
The Morrison Government has responded to calls from thousands of Australians who have demanded more time to review the Draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032. Source: SBS News.
Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land, calling it the “Fifth Gospel”. Source: CNA.
Even though the COVID-19 protocol in The Netherlands allows churches to admit 50 worshippers, six parishes in one archdiocese remain closed. Source: Crux.
Australian Catholic University researchers have been awarded more than $2 million in Australian Research Council grants that could have a positive effect on “education and health outcomes for all”.
Catholic Mission has launched its first appeal for 2022, supporting the formation of novice missionaries in honour of the upcoming beatification of Pontifical Mission Society founder Pauline Jaricot.
Pope Francis has announced that American Archbishop Charles Balvo, a veteran of the Vatican’s diplomatic service for more than 30 years, will serve as the next Apostolic Nuncio to Australia. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Family and friends of people in Tonga are nervously waiting for news of the impact of a massive undersea volcanic eruption that caused tsunami waves to swamp the tiny island kingdom and spread across the Pacific. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has consecrated St Joseph’s Church in Rosebery, 94 years after the church was first opened. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
In a message ahead of the World Day of the Sick next month, Pope Francis reminded Catholics that caring for the ill and infirm is not the calling of a few, but part of every Christian’s mission to show mercy. Source: CNA.