A Catholic aged care organisation has affirmed that it will not participate in euthanasia if legislation allowing it passes in Tasmania. Source: The Advocate.
Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denounced media reports accusing him of using Vatican funds for questionable purposes, including to influence the criminal trial of Cardinal George Pell. Source: CNS.
Twelve delegates have been commissioned to represent the Perth Archdiocese at the Plenary Council, which Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says could be a “San Damiano moment” to renew the Church in Australia. Source: The eRecord.
A sharp rise in homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic will be made worse by the federal Budget’s failure to directly invest in social housing, advocacy groups warn. Source: The Age.
The Redemptorists’ annual St Gerard Majella family feast day blessing and celebrations in Melbourne will be livestreamed for the first time on Sunday, October 18. Source: Majellan Media.
The German Catholic bishops’ conference and the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany plan to continue their discussions about shared Communion. Source: Crux.
Mercy Sister Angela Mary Doyle has received a belated birthday gift worth $1 million, which will see her former convent turned into a sanctuary for mothers battling postnatal depression. Source: The Catholic Leader.
With a commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat, The Outpost seems likely to become an instant classic of the war-film genre. Source: CNS.
Spiritual wellbeing has been largely ignored in public discourse about Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown, writes Joanna Waloszek. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
The Morrison Government has slashed the maximum humanitarian intake by thousands on the basis it is too difficult to bring refugees into Australia in the same numbers as before the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
An additional 150 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by the end of next year due to conflict, climate change and COVID-19, the World Bank estimates. Source: The Guardian.
Pope Francis says health care must be made more accessible to the poor in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Source: CNA,
“Have you ever had anyone listen to you? I don’t just mean hear you, I mean listen to you? I did once – and I have never forgotten it,” writes Mother Hilda Scott OSB. Source: The Bridge.
Caritas Australia has applauded the Commonweath Budget announcement that Australia will increase economic support for COVID-19 response and recovery in the Pacific region.
Australian Catholic University has recognised Gerard and Anne Henderson with honorary doctorates for their influence on how Australian history and contemporary public policy issues are understood and debated.
Applications are now open for an Australian women’s leadership program that has been held up as an international exemplar for supporting the formation of Church leaders. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Despite criticism of a 2018 deal with China over the appointment of bishops, a senior Vatican diplomat is optimistic the accord will be renewed. Source: Crux.
Pope Francis has invited Catholics to rediscover the beauty of the Rosary prayer this month, encouraging people to carry a set of beads with them. Source: CNA.