Bendigo Catholic Daniel Giles has been thinking a lot about Heaven and the meaning of life since the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Pope Francis yesterday expressed his closeness to the people of the Philippines suffering the devastation caused by a powerful typhoon and his sorrow for a tragic fire in a hospital in Romania for patients affected by COVID-19. Source: Vatican News.
At an event marking the 40th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service, President-Elect Joe Biden said he would raise the cap on the refugee intake in the United States from 15,000 to 125,000. Source: CNS.
Pope Francis said the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass marking World Day of the Poor yesterday. Source: CNA.
The Victorian Government has committed $5.3 billon towards building 12,000 social housing homes throughout Melbourne and regional areas. Source: The Guardian.
Catholic Schools NSW is pushing for major changes to the way schools in the state are run, saying principals are caught up in red tape and spending a day a week on unnecessary paperwork. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has written to state parliamentarians within his diocese to congratulate them on their Queensland election wins and reminding them of the importance of the common good in decision-making.
Catholic Health Australia has welcomed two new directors to its board who bring strong leadership and advocacy skills and a firm commitment to social justice.
Perth’s Plenary Council delegates met this month to pray, discern and reflect as they prepare to represent the voices of the archdiocese’s Catholic community. Source: The Record.
Coronavirus restrictions have forced the Vatican to scale down this Sunday’s commemoration of the World Day of the Poor, a Vatican archbishop said. Source: CNA.
The funding of social services needs structural reform to offer greater certainty for charities and allow the sector to address long-term systemic issues, a new report says. Source: Pro Bono News.
Pope Francis called United States President-elect Joe Biden yesterday to congratulate him on winning the US presidential election. Source: CNS.
Pope Francis has blessed a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal ahead of its tour around Italy as part of an evangelisation initiative. Source: CNA.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week, the Australian embassy to the Holy See produced a video that highlights Indigenous knowledge and links this to Pope Francis’ call for the “care of our common home”. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Amid fears that labour shortages will leave crops unharvested due to coronavirus, one North Queensland community is singing the praises of Catholic pickers from East Timor. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Catholic Social Services Victoria has hosted a virtual launch for a new book that contains “a sense of hope” about the state of social services in Australia. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
The Girl on the Bridge is a New Zealand documentary but it tells a universal story on the theme of youth suicide – the pressures, desperation and its effect on those who are left behind. Source: Jesuit Media.
Addressing a New South Wales parliamentary committee, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP called for loopholes allowing discrimination against Christians in NSW to be closed. Source: The Catholic Weekly.