A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer have been found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales. Source: NCR Online.
The Canberra Liberals are under renewed pressure to publicly lobby their federal counterparts to give the ACT and Northern Territory the power to legalise euthanasia. Source: Canberra Times.
As Joe Biden assumed the United States presidency, two of the country’s leading bishops clashed on how to respond to the new administration of the first Catholic president since John F. Kennedy. Source: Crux.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the case of the former altar boy who was abused by a priest in Perth in the 1970s highlighted the horror of sexual abuse and the dreadful effects it had on victims. Source: Perth Now.
Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolence for the victims of an explosion in the Spanish capital of Madrid, which killed four people including a local priest. Source: Vatican News.
The Funeral Mass of Archbishop Philip Wilson will be celebrated in Adelaide’s St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at 11am on Wednesday, February 3. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.
The Morrison Government has substantially lifted foreign aid spending in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, reversing some of the funding cuts made to poorer nations during the past decade. Source: The Age.
Sound basic values and obvious good intentions underlie The Marksman, but there’s a sketchy feel to director and co-writer Robert Lorenz’s action drama and it ultimately fails to make much of an impression. Source: CNS.
The Bishop Delegate for Social Justice has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging Australia to join the countries who have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons that comes into force today. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
The United States’ second Catholic president, Joe Biden, was sworn into office this morning, saying he was committed with his “whole soul” to bring the nation together. Source: CNS.
The Vatican health service has begun providing COVID-19 vaccines to homeless people who live in Vatican-owned shelters. Source: NCR Online.
The Church will make a $2.45 million payout to a clergy sexual abuse survivor in Western Australia, in what is believed to be a record payout. Source: WA Today.
Aged care-related complaints have risen in the past four years, with 34 per cent of older Australians reporting that their needs are not being fully met. Source: The Australian.
Refugee advocates expect nearly all detainees being held in a Melbourne hotel to be released into the community by the end of today, after more than 20 were granted bridging visas yesterday. Source: The Guardian.
In the construction industry, George Manassa is used to having all he needs to help complete a job. Now he’s created a toolbox for the ultimate earthly project – getting to heaven. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Caritas Australia's partners in Indonesia are responding to the immediate needs of more than 15,000 people displaced by twin earthquakes that have rocked the island of Sulawesi.
Pope Francis yesterday urged Christians to pray for “the gift of unity”, saying that the devil always seeks to sow division and discord. Source: CNA.
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched a pilot project in Mount Magnet in Western Australia to help women working in pastoral leadership in remote communities. Source: The Good Oil.