Adelaide’s new Apostolic Administrator Bishop Gregory O’Kelly SJ says Catholic schools are now among the “safest places” for children, because of reforms introduced following child sexual abuse scandals. Source: ABC News.
Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, an outspoken human rights advocate, will visit Australia this week to discuss faith, peace, education and his country’s recent shift towards democracy. Source: Catholic Mission.
A New South Wales crossbencher and key ally to the Government in the Upper House has urged Premier Gladys Berejiklian to ensure his bill to combat modern slavery is passed unamended as a show of “good faith”. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
A new United States study has shown that Catholic school students who have been taught self-discipline exhibit less disruptive behaviours than their counterparts in other schools. Source: Wall Street Journal.
When Catholic artist Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya starts to paint, she knows in her “mind’s eye” exactly how the finished artwork will look. Source: The Catholic Leader.
An ecumenical service was held in Melbourne on Saturday to support Sr Patricia Fox, the Australian missionary facing deportation from the Philippines. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
In off-the-cuff comments after the Angelus yesterday, Pope Francis denounced violence against protestors by armed groups in Nicaragua and prayed for the country’s victims and their families. Source: CNA.
China has launched a five-year plan for the “development” of the Catholic Church, aimed at altering religious principles and practices to coincide with Chinese communist ideals. Source: Catholic Herald.
An ethics expert has invited Western Australians to open their minds to the bigger issues at play in regards to end-of-life legislation being considered in the state. Source: The eRecord.
A tenfold over-representation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system shows Australia is failing vulnerable children, says Jesuit Social Services.
A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the unsportsmanlike behaviour of fans. Source: CNS.
A crowd of 7000 people took part in the annual Walk with Christ Eucharistic procession through the streets of Sydney yesterday. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Pope Francis yesterday appointed Port Pirie Bishop Gregory O’Kelly SJ as Apostolic Administrator of Adelaide Archdiocese. Source: ACBC.
After meeting with Pope Francis for more than four hours, a second group of Chilean sexual abuse survivors said they’re “trustful and hopeful” about reforms he’s begun in the Church in Chile. Source: Crux.
Five years after starting to lose her sight, Judith Terry is finding new hope – and she credits Centacare Brisbane with rekindling her spark for life. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Pope Francis is sending a special envoy to Medjugorje to care for the local parish that receives millions of pilgrims each year at the alleged Marian apparition site in Bosnia-Herzegovinia. Source: Crux.
Four out of five child sexual abuse survivors will be covered by the national redress scheme, after the Anglican Church, Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts Australia joined the Catholic Church in endorsing it. Source: Canberra Times.
The Government’s $247 million school chaplaincy program could face the axe under a prospective Labor government, with ALP Senator Doug Cameron calling for a “secular Australia” and separation of religion and the state. Source: The Australian.