Refugee Week has this year been swallowed by the disruption caused by COVID-19, and by the fracturing of society in the United States, writes Fr Andy Hamilton SJ. Source: Eureka Street.
Recommendations about what an Indigenous voice to Parliament should look like will be delayed until at least November, ending almost all hope of a referendum on constitutional recognition before the next election. Source: The Australian.
The Victorian Government’s $9.8 million funding to extend emergency accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and plan pathways into long-term housing is a positive step, says Jesuit Social Services.
The Vatican and bishops around the world have been urging governments and scientists to support the development of vaccines that have no connection to abortion. Source: CNS.
Australian Catholic University pastoral associate Gabrielle Fernandes spends her working days giving, and giving back – a gift she received when she was a schoolgirl. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Australia has had great success in flattening the coronavirus curve but that victory has come with a devastating side effect – massive unemployment. Source: MNNews.Today.
Pope Francis expressed “great apprehension and sorrow” after eight mass graves were discovered in Libya. Source: CNA.
Fifteen organisations have received funding from Catholic Emergency Relief Australia to support communities recovering from bushfires that devastated large parts of the country last summer. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
More than 100 Catholic schools in the United States are expected to close this year, largely due to financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession. Source: Crux.
The discovery that his two sisters are alive in Africa means the world to young Brisbane-based refugee Axel Dushime. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Calls to Centacare’s gambling helpline have spiked since Queensland TAB areas and pokies were switched off in March because of the coronavirus lockdown — but not because people were seeking help. Source: ABC News
In his message for World Day of the Poor 2020, to be celebrated in November, Pope Francis said a person’s prayer is pleasing to God when it is accompanied by a life of service to the poor. Source: CNS.
The Morrison Government will set up a $23 million scheme to receive reports of neglect or abuse in aged care, after a study estimated more than 50,000 claims went unreported in the last year. Source: Canberra Times.
India has rejected an annual report by the US Government that highlighted attacks and discrimination against religious minorities in the country. Source: UCA News.
Christ’s presence in the Eucharist heals wounds and transforms bitter negativity into the joy of Lord, Pope Francis said in his homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi yesterday. Source: CNA.
The final version of a report into diocesan and parish governance will be published after a series of amendments and clarifications have been made, likely by mid-August. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Australian Catholic University will use a combination of cost-saving measures and reinvestment of surpluses to address the financial impact of COVID-19 as part of its recovery management plan.
Telehealth has proved a lifeline through the COVID-19 crisis and could be here to stay, according to a number of Catholic hospital operators. Source: Catholic Health Australia.