Pope Francis hopes that this week dedicated to Laudato Si’ will rekindle the energy the encyclical contributed to protecting the environment, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Catholic Outlook.
The annual diocesan celebration of World Youth Day is an important event that emphasises the role young people play in the Church, the Vatican has said. Source: Crux.
Hong Kong Bishop-Elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan says people must start with a sense of faith and not assume Beijing is the enemy, and he hoped for dialogue to develop a better understanding. Source: CNS.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Linda Reynolds has defended plans to introduce independent assessment reforms to the scheme but left the door open to changes in response to strong community backlash. Source: SBS News.
The $8.2 million restoration of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John in Bathurst has won a National Trust Heritage Award at the National Trust (NSW) annual awards. Source: Bathurst Diocese.
Jesuits in India have petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to examine the health of jailed priest Fr Stan Swamy SJ following suspicions he has contracted COVID-19. Source: UCA News.
Queensland is potentially a step closer to becoming the next Australian state to legalise euthanasia, with a bill to be introduced to the state’s Parliament next week. Source: The Catholic Leader.
People across the country are being invited to join a months-long prayer campaign in the build-up to the first assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
With the assistance of staff at Catholic Healthcare’s St Hedwig Village Aged Care in Sydney's Blacktown, resident Hellmut Schroeder has reconnected with his long-lost sister and children in Germany.
Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers has indicated Australia’s welfare bill would not rise significantly under a Labor government, instead proposing to use national cabinet to work with state leaders to tackle disadvantage. Source: The Age.
At least 117 Catholic priests in India died in the 33 days between April 10 and May 14, according to a list compiled by a Capuchin priest. Source: Crux.
Abuse against a minor is a kind of “psychological murder” that can destroy the victim’s childhood, Pope Francis has told an Italian association active in the fight against child abuse and online child pornography. Source: The Tablet.
Pope Francis urged Europeans on Friday to reflect on what they treasure, and whether they consider children to be the valuable gift they are. Source: CNA.
Striking images of the life and legacy of former US president John Kennedy are now on display in a new permanent exhibition at Australian Catholic University’s North Sydney campus.
Inspired by Laudato Si’ and Pope Francis’ call to ecological conversion, Peter Henry and his family have transformed their bare Murray Mallee property into an oasis where native grasses, trees and birdlife flourish. Source: The Southern Cross.
Catholic student leaders in Perth have shared their reflections on the life and legacy of Australian missionary Sr Irene McCormack RSJ, who was killed by terrorists in Peru 30 years ago this week. Source: Catholic Mission.
Celebrations are continuing for 200 years of Catholic education in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first ‘official’ Catholic school, which opened in Parramatta in October 1820.
“Can you get me a bit of paper, love … I want to write my story.” That request from a dying man inspired Sally FitzGerald to create care packages for Indigenous people in palliative care. Source: The Catholic Leader.