Coronavirus restrictions have forced the Vatican to scale down this Sunday’s commemoration of the World Day of the Poor, a Vatican archbishop said. Source: CNA.
The funding of social services needs structural reform to offer greater certainty for charities and allow the sector to address long-term systemic issues, a new report says. Source: Pro Bono News.
Pope Francis called United States President-elect Joe Biden yesterday to congratulate him on winning the US presidential election. Source: CNS.
Pope Francis has blessed a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal ahead of its tour around Italy as part of an evangelisation initiative. Source: CNA.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week, the Australian embassy to the Holy See produced a video that highlights Indigenous knowledge and links this to Pope Francis’ call for the “care of our common home”. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Amid fears that labour shortages will leave crops unharvested due to coronavirus, one North Queensland community is singing the praises of Catholic pickers from East Timor. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Catholic Social Services Victoria has hosted a virtual launch for a new book that contains “a sense of hope” about the state of social services in Australia. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
The Girl on the Bridge is a New Zealand documentary but it tells a universal story on the theme of youth suicide – the pressures, desperation and its effect on those who are left behind. Source: Jesuit Media.
Addressing a New South Wales parliamentary committee, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP called for loopholes allowing discrimination against Christians in NSW to be closed. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
A report into child sexual abuse in the Church in England and Wales released this week criticised the leadership of Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and the Vatican. Source: BBC News.
First Nations people in the end stages of their life are receiving a comforting reminder of their home country and traditions through a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council project. Source: The Southern Cross.
Following the release of the Vatican’s report on Theodore McCarrick, Pope Francis has renewed the Church’s pledge to uproot the scourge of sexual abuse. Source: CNS.
Young adults have experienced a sharp decline in mental health since the arrival of COVID-19, research from the Australian Catholic University has revealed.
Hundreds of churches, monuments and buildings will be illuminated in red light this month in a global call for religious freedom. Source: ACN.
The Knights of Malta have elected Fra’ Marco Luzzago as their interim head, following a period of upheaval. Source: NCR Online.
Victoria‘s anti-corruption body will not investigate claims Vatican funds were transferred to Australia to influence the trial against Cardinal George Pell. Source: The Australian.
Health experts and faith leaders welcomed news that a COVID-19 vaccine secured by the Australian Government is free from any connection to a selective abortion. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
De La Salle Brother Phillip Elwin believes his mature years have brought him plenty of opportunities to live life to the full. Source: De La Salle Brothers.