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Europe

Frederik and Mary crowned King and Queen of Denmark

Frederik X and his Australian-born wife Mary Donaldson became King and Queen of Denmark yesterday following the formal abdication of his mother, Queen Margrethe II, who had been on the throne for 52 years. Source: Vatican News.

Holy Land Middle East

In the midst of war in Gaza, children receive First Holy Communion

In the midst of war and suffering, the Catholic faithful of Holy Family Parish in northern Gaza continue to walk in the light of faith, with eight children receiving their First Holy Communion on January 7. Source: CNA.

Reflection Ukraine

How peeling potatoes became a Ukraine volunteer’s expression of faith

Towards the end of last year, I made the decision to travel to Ukraine to spend over a week in the city of Lviv to help with the Ukrainian war effort, writes Anthony Rodrigues. Source: Catholic Herald.

Architecture Vatican

Canopy over main altar of St Peter’s Basilica to undergo restoration

The nearly 400-year-old sculpted canopy towering over the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica will be surrounded by scaffolding for most of 2024 as it is washed, repaired and restored. Source: CNS.

Bishops Christmas

Bishops offer invitation to experience the peace of Christmas

In their annual Christmas messages, Australia’s bishops have reminded the faithful that the peace, hope and joy of the Nativity can be an antidote to a world that is marked by war, poverty and despair.

Education Politics

Catholic Education calls on Government to renew election commitments 

The National Catholic Education Commission says 2024 will be a big year for the Albanese Government to renew its commitments to faith communities and schools.

Pope Francis Vatican

Pope urges Vatican bureaucrats to resist ‘rigid ideological positions’

In his annual Christmas address to members of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis urged the Church’s governing bureaucracy to be open to change and to resist “rigid ideological positions” that prevent them from moving forward. Source: Crux.

Charity Foreign Aid

Caritas and Catholic community ‘offer a beacon of light and hope’

Caritas Australia has announced that more than 760,000 people were directly supported through its long-term programs and emergency responses over a 12-month period.

In The Dioceses

Parish invites 10,000 to Mass

Parishioners of St Gregory’s in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, have been pounding the pavement to invite local residents to join them at Christmas Mass. Source: Catholic Voice.