Almost 200 allegations against Victorian teachers, including claims of physical and sexual misconduct, have been referred to the state education regulator over a 12-month period. Source: The Age.
Pope Francis will celebrate the Vatican’s traditional Christmas “Mass during the Night” on December 24 at 7.30pm, so that the few people invited to attend can get home in time to observe Italy’s 10pm. curfew. Source: CNS.
Victoria is one step closer to banning gay conversion therapy after a majority of lower house MPs voted in support of the legislation. Source: The Courier.
The festive season is always a busy one for charities, but after a year spent grappling with a pandemic, they are seeing new faces this Christmas. Source: ABC News.
Pope Francis is offering Catholics worldwide the chance to obtain a plenary indulgence for marking the 125th anniversary of the Coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe tomorrow while remaining at home. Source: Vatican News.
Australian Catholic University has appointed Belinda Tynan to be its new provost from February 2021, based at the university’s Melbourne campus.
Roald Dahl’s The Witches is a spirited second adaptation of the famed children’s author’s 1983 novel, which was first brought to the big screen in 1990. Source: CNS.
Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has confirmed that Mass for You at Home will continue in 2021, correcting false media reports and social media commentary.
When anyone congratulates Adelaide priest Fr Michael Odiwa on his appointment as bishop of the Kenyan diocese of Homa Bay, he “tears up”. Source: The Southern Cross.
Big things are on the horizon for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning’s food programs, which have recently teamed up with a Newcastle Catholic secondary school to use their commercial kitchen to cook meals for those in need. Source: MNnews.Today.
Trials of the Morrison Government’s cashless welfare card will be extended for another two years after it failed to convince the Senate to roll the scheme out permanently in designated communities. Source: SBS News.
The Vatican COVID-19 Commission hosted a webinar yesterday, gathering scientific and faith perspectives to discuss the global climate crisis and to chart paths towards a cleaner, healthier planet. Source: Vatican News.
A Senate inquiry on COVID-19 has recommended permanently raising the rate of JobSeeker and establishing a national centre for disease control. Source: ABC News.
Interfaith dialogue was on the agenda when the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates visited a Melbourne Catholic girls’ secondary school last week. Source: Mercy eNews.
A review of universities has found that Australian Catholic University is one of only nine in the country that are compliant with federal Government recommendations on free speech.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has issued a new pastoral letter urging the faithful to return to Mass now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased in New South Wales. Source: Sydney Archdiocese.
Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese has launched a new religious education program developed for its Catholic schools that enables children to have a hands-on approach to learning the faith.
Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays”, Pope Francis said at the general audience yesterday. Source: CNA.