The first Torres Strait Islander to be ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church converted to Catholicism five years ago and says he desired to become Catholic from the time he was a child. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
The Supreme Court in Canada has opened the door for discrimination based on a person’s religious beliefs and moral values, Canadian bishops say. Source: The Catholic Register.
The official commission for dialogue between the Catholic and Anglican churches has published its first document in 13 years, focusing on how each institution can learn from the other in balancing ecclesial authority. Source: NCR Online.
A delegation of American bishops has travelled to the US-Mexico border to meet people affected by the US government’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Source: CNS.
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson will learn today if he is to go to jail for concealing child sexual abuse by a pedophile priest. Source: 9news.com.au.
Global leaders in the Catholic and business community converged in Vatican City for the third “Rome Roundtable”, cementing actions to make the world’s economy fairer and more sustainable. Source: Catholic Outlook.
A new "memory café" in rural southeast Queensland aims to support people with dementia and those who care for them. Source: The Catholic Leader.
An expert in the theology of childhood says the Church must better understand children in order to develop appropriate strategies for their care. Source: CPSL.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has supported new legislation to help eradicate the scourge of modern slavery. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Having “no religion” is becoming the new “normal” in Australia. This has profound effects in ways that are only just becoming apparent, writes Gary Bouma. Source: ABC Religion and Ethics.
Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin, which hardens and kills the soul, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNA.
Pope Francis was the surprise guest at a dinner for poor and homeless people in Rome on Friday. Source: Vatican News.
A merger between Mercy Health and Southern Cross Care (Vic) has created one of the largest not-for-profit providers of aged and home care services in Australia.
For possibly their last project, the Presentation Sisters have invested in the future of theology in Australia by funding the employment of a female theologian with a deep interest in eco-theology. Source: BBI-TAITE.
Kathleen Clubb, who last year became the first person to be convicted under abortion protest laws in Victoria, is heading to the High Court in what may become one of Australia's most important free speech cases. Source: The Weekend Australian.
Australian Catholic University health experts are warning that children are dropping out of sport and their general activity levels will continue to decline unless drastic action is taken. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Pope Francis has appointed Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne. He will take on the role from August 1. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Western Australia is the latest state to consider laws that would see priests face criminal charges if they refuse to break the seal of confession to report child sexual abuse to police. Source: Perth Now.