A new study on loneliness and wellbeing has found that more than one-fifth of Australians rarely or never feel they have someone to talk to, and more than one quarter feel lonely for at least three days every week. Source: The Guardian.
If you haven’t heard that the Church in Australia is preparing for its first Plenary Council since the 1930s you may not have been paying attention, writes Shane Dwyer. Source: Catholic Voice.
A Los Angeles bishop has asked people to “pray hard” for the victims of a shooting spree that saw a gunman kill 12 people at a Southern California country music bar. Source: CNS.
A bishop in Northern Ireland has warned that Brexit could lead to acts of violence along the border with Ireland. Source: The Tablet.
Prisoners in Panama have been busy building 250 confessionals that will be used during World Youth Day 2019, to be held in the country in January. Source: WYD Panama.
The Morrison Government’s announcement that it will expand its assistance to the Pacific is welcome but misses an opportunity to address other needs in the region, says Caritas Australia.
Based on the 2014 Ian McEwan novel of the same name, The Children Act tells the story of a judge who is asked to rule on the case of a teenage boy who refuses a blood transfusion on religious grounds. Source: ACOFB.
A man with a vendetta against the Church admitted breaking into dozens of churches and threatening to punch a priest during a four-month crime spree across Victoria. Source: The Age.
When Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mercy Sister Denise Coghlan speaks to schoolgirls she encourages them to be part of a world that is bigger than themselves and gives everybody a fair go. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The New South Wales government has agreed to the Morrison Government’s schools funding deal, avoiding a potentially “catastrophic” clash with the Commonwealth and the Church in the lead-up to a state election. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Two days after bones found on Vatican property last week were sent for DNA testing, more remains were uncovered in the same area that are likely to belong to the same individual. Source: Crux.
Life is for loving, not amassing possessions, Pope Francis said yesterday during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican. Source: CNS.
With more than 300,000 women dying each year in childbirth or as a result of complications in pregnancy, Caritas Australia is focusing on safe motherhood this Christmas.
Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen, said his ability to persevere “was thanks to the prayers of everyone” who interceded for him. Source: CNA.
Since opening its doors in 2017, the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Cornerstone program has helped more 200 people experiencing homelessness on the Gold Coast. Source: The Catholic Leader.
An incident at Darwin's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre this week is further evidence that new youth detention facilities must be fast-tracked in the Northern Territory, says Jesuit Social Services.
Pope Francis has released this month's video message to accompany his prayer intention for November, which is ‘In the Service of Peace’. Source: Vatican News.
A parish plans to build Parramatta Diocese's first columbarium, a resting place for urns containing ashes of the dead. Source: Catholic Outlook.