Australian Catholics who normally attended Sunday Mass before COVID-19 restrictions are being invited to take part in a research project exploring the psychological impact of church closures. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman who was acquitted of blasphemy in 2018 after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, has dissociated herself from her autobiography due out later this month. Source: UCA News.
The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools will reduce school fees at every Catholic parish primary school in the state in 2021. Source: The Southern Cross.
Pope Francis said yesterday that gossiping, a “plague worse than COVID”, is seeking to divide the Church. Source: Crux.
In her first meeting with Pope Francis, Australia’s new ambassador to the Holy See discussed the importance of engaging with people of all ages during a time of “crisis in confidence” in the Church. Source: CNA.
Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the euthanasia bill to be debated soon in the Tasmanian Legislative Council. Source: The Examiner.
Knights and dames of the Order of Malta marked the 900th anniversary of the death of the Order’s founder, Blessed Fra’ Gerard, with a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.
Pope Francis will travel to Assisi next month to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God. Source: CNS.
Catholic Schools NSW and the Sydney Anglican Diocese are among groups that have declared support for a One Nation bill to amend religious discrimination laws in New South Wales. Source: The Sun-Herald.
Mt Isa parish priest Fr Michael Lowcock said a young Queensland veterinarian missing after a livestock ship capsized in rough seas off the coast of Japan was an “outgoing and gifted” member of the community. Source: ABC News.
An archbishop says he has obtained legal advice about being barred from re-entering Belarus and is counting on Vatican help in correcting the illegal action against him. Source: CNS.
The scientific community must not isolate itself in its own advancements and exclude religion from the search for ways to overcome today’s challenges, the Vatican secretary of state said this week. Source: Crux.
The Australian Catholic bishops’ Social Justice Statement on mental health offers a timely counterbalance to a public conversation on the pandemic marked by fragmentation, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand has joined the chorus of calls for urgent government action to improve the country’s welfare safety net.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has provided the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government.
St John of God Bendigo Hospital has welcomed Rosie the Groodle into the team to support her fellow caregivers in the hospital environment.
Who would have anticipated a version of the 1917 Marian apparitions at Fatima on the big screen in 2020? Filmed in Portugal with an international cast, Fatima is a reverential portrayal of this true Catholic story. Source: ACOFB.
A lobby group is using Facebook ads in a bid to sway public opinion in Tasmania against the state’s euthanasia bill.Source: The Advocate.