A graduating Indigenous year 12 student has been awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with a Queensland hospital. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Vatican reiterated its call for a two-state solution in the Holy Land after the US announced it would no longer recognise the illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Source: Crux.
Arriving in Thailand after an 11-hour flight yesterday, Pope Francis was greeted by 11 children — one for each of the country’s dioceses. Source: CNS.
The Morrison Government will give religious hospitals and aged care providers the same protections as faith-based schools and organisations to hire staff according to their beliefs in its religious discrimination bill. Source: The Australian.
The retired general supervising the reconstruction of fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral has been reprimanded for telling his chief architect to “shut up” about how to rebuild the monument’s spire. Source: The Tablet.
Centacare Far North Queensland has opened a pop-up shop that sells handmade Christmas goods crafted by members of the Cairns refugee and migrant community. Source: Cairns Post.
A newly installed sculpture at a Jesuit-run residential college at the University of Melbourne will be a permanent reminder to students and visitors of the plight of the city’s homeless people. Source: Australian Jesuits.
The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Morrison Government to pay back, in full, money erroneously paid to the flawed robodebt scheme.
The organisers of next year’s National Biennial Liturgy Conference say the gathering will examine how the Church’s evolving liturgical practices can help make Christ present in the world. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
A year 1 student from a Canberra-Goulburn Catholic school has delivered a speech to politicians about the need for early intervention for children with hearing loss. Source: Catholic Voice.
A pro-government mob entered the cathedral in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua on Monday, damaging property, attacking hunger strikers inside the building and jostling a priest and nun. Source: Crux.
A negligent and selfish culture of food waste is fuelling the global hunger crisis, damaging the lives of individuals and preventing the progress of all people, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.
Venerable Fulton Sheen, the American television catechist, will be beatified on December 21 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Preoria, Illinois. Source: CNA.
Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell have until January 8 to file their written submissions in what will be his final shot at overturning his child sexual abuse convictions in a High Court appeal. Source: Herald Sun.
The West Australian Government has revealed a handful of amendments to its draft euthanasia legislation, in the hope the upper house will sign off on the controversial laws by the end of the year. Source: WA Today.
Faith-based organisations have warned their charitable status could be stripped under a “public benefit” test over traditional marriage and gender beliefs. Source: The Australian.
The Council for Australian Catholic Women says the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 aims to bring about cultural change to address injustice, inequality, sexism and exploitation of women.
The Morrison Government will overhaul its robodebt program, vowing to abandon a key part of the program’s automation that saw tens of thousands of welfare recipients overcharged for alleged debts. Source: The Guardian.