Scott Morrison says child refugees relocated from Nauru to Australia for medical attention will be sent back to the offshore processing centre. Source: The Australian.
At the urging of the Vatican, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss this week regarding their response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Source: CNS.
The West Australian Government will press ahead with a bill to legalise voluntary assisted suicide for patients suffering from a terminal illness. Source: ABC News.
A tent hospital has been erected near St Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the World Day of the Poor this Sunday. Source: Rome Reports.
The Papua New Guinea Catholic Bishops Conference says it is concerned at the government’s huge spending on APEC, given the country’s limited resources. Source: Radio NZ.
A royal commission into abuse in state care in New Zealand has been expanded to include those abused in faith-based institutions such as churches and religious schools. Source: The Guardian.
A man has been jailed for breaking into dozens of Catholic churches and priests’ homes in Victoria to seek revenge for sexual abuse he says he suffered as a child. Source: 9News.com.au.
When Brisbane mother Melissa Haworth pitched the idea of a saint peg doll exchange to the Mother Effect Ministry team four months ago, she had no idea the impact it would have on mums around Australia. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Catholic women from throughout Australia will gather in Adelaide early next year to explore how to create a Church that is inclusive, missionary and discerning. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
An anti-slavery commissioner is needed to clamp down on corrupt business practices, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Source: SBS News.
The bells of St Peter’s Basilica rang out in unison with thousands of other church bells around the world yesterday as Pope Francis commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Source: Crux.
Britain has not offered asylum to a Pakistani Catholic woman freed after eight years on death row for blasphemy because of fear it would prompt “unrest” in the UK and attacks on embassies, her supporters claim. Source: The Telegraph UK.
It was the end of an era when the Mercy Sisters officially farewelled their convent in Cootamundra, New South Wales, earlier this month. Source: Catholic Voice.
Brisbane Catholic school teacher Greg Mennis believes a little can go a long way when children spend time with Jesus Christ in adoration. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Caritas network has reflected on the fifth anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing more than 6300 people and affecting 14 million. Source: Caritas Australia.
Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright will have bypass surgery after a heart attack last week. Source: Newcastle Herald.
Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has called the terrorist attack in Melbourne’s CDB on Friday “horrific and evil” and acknowledged the bravery and goodness of those who assisted during the deadly incident. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
In a message to an international conference held in Rome on Friday, Pope Francis lamented the fact that many parts of the world do have access to clean water. Source: Vatican News.