Catholic women are invited to participate in a national consultation with two bishops later this month and to mark their diaries for a national gathering in September. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
A cut to the Jobseeker payment, increasing domestic violence and drug use are some of the major challenges facing South Australia’s Centacare Catholic Family Services in the months ahead, says new director Sarah McRae. Source: The Southern Cross.
Tasmania will join Victoria and Western Australia in legalising voluntary euthanasia, following the passage of a bill through the state’s lower house last night. Source: The Australian.
CathNews will not publish on Monday, March 8, due to public holidays in the ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
Reading the Bible has had a positive effect on people’s “mental wellbeing” during the pandemic, according to a Christian research survey conducted in the United Kingdom. Source: Crux.
Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Iraq, sharing a message of peace, fraternity and comfort ahead of his four-day trip to the country that begins today. Source: Vatican News.
Bishop Bede Heather, the first Bishop of Parramatta, was remembered yesterday as a man of humility and great faith at his funeral at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is a documentary on the Australian modern dance company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, that deserves to be seen. Source: Jesuit Media.
Melbourne teacher Christina Staunton-Burke has chalked up 50 years of service to Catholic schools – that’s a quarter of Catholic education’s 200-year history in Australia. Source: Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.
A Catholic religious facing arrest over conversion charges in India’s Madhya Pradesh state has appealed to the state’s high court for anticipatory bail after a trial court turned down her appeal for anticipatory bail. Source: UCA News.
The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria is seeking state and federal funding for its plans to open several schools in Melbourne’s fast-growing outer suburbs over the next two years. Source: The Age.
Pope Francis has commended a Russian version of his 2020 encyclical promoting human fraternity translated by a Moscow Muslim group that hopes the document will promote peaceful dialogue among religions. Source: RNS.
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for March seeks to highlight the joy that the sacrament of Reconciliation brings and reminds the faithful it is a loving and merciful encounter with God. Source: Vatican News.
To mark Pope Francis’ trip this week to Iraq, Aid to the Church in Need has announced a $2.3 million program to support young Christian students in the country.
A years-long project to produce a book that contains the prayers the celebrant prays from the presider’s chair has been completed, with the new book now on sale in Australia. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Caitlin Swan hopes her new television show will raise the Australian profile of her great-great-great aunt, St Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The passing of legislation allowing late-term abortions in South Australia has sparked calls for greater involvement of pro-life advocates in the political arena. Source: The Southern Cross.
The number of people accessing Victoria’s euthanasia program is rising as the scheme appears to gain momentum in the state. Source: Herald Sun.