One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a “shocking increase” of religious-based threats and violence across the world, a global advocacy group said this week. Source: SBS News.
About half of Australia’s 1000 World Youth Day Panama pilgrims have made a pre-WYD stop in Washington DC to take part in the annual March for Life today. Source: CNS.
Women from across Australia will meet in Adelaide next month to be part of shaping the Church of the future. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Two new Vatican documents have emphasised the need to step up international collaboration and prosecution of human traffickers, while also providing support to victims. Source: Crux.
It is almost 50 years since Vanessa Redgrave appeared in the title role of Mary, Queen of Scots, with Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth. Source: ACOFB.
What if there was a way to give everyone who wanted to work a full-time job, asks Catholic Social Services Australia’s Joe Zabar. Source: Pro Bono Australia.
The distinguished medical career of Peter Steer began at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital and this month he will become the Mater Group’s new chief executive officer. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Education in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley is set to expand, with Brisbane Catholic Education announcing its plans to open a secondary college at Plainland in 2021. Source: Gatton Star.
The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its children’s Bible, God Speaks to His Children.
On the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis has reminded the faithful that “ecumenism is not something optional”. Source: Vatican News.
Britain is in an “amazing political mess” over Brexit, an English bishop said yesterday. Source: CatholicPhilly.com.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Washington’s retired archbishop, has apologised for what he called a “lapse of memory,” clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, but had “forgotten” about it. Source: CNS.
Palliative care patients at a Catholic hospital in Melbourne will be treated with the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms in a bid to reduce their anxiety during end-of-life care. Source: 9news.com.au.
While January is traditionally the biggest material donation month for charities, the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” craze is putting charities under extra pressure. Source: Pro Bono News.
A new Missal app tailored for Australian congregations, including local readings and responses, has been released for Android devices. Source: Catholic Voice.
The start of the 2019 school year will also herald new beginnings for Catholic education in South Australia as year 7 becomes part of secondary schooling. Source: The Southern Cross.
US President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, said he does not think his Catholic faith is an impediment to leading the Department of Justice. Source: CNA.
A summit at the Vatican to address child sexual abuse next month will include both a penitential liturgy and testimonies from survivors. Source: Crux.