People across the world will watch today as Cardinal George Pell is sentenced following his conviction for sexual abuse of two choirboys in the 1990s. Source: The Age.
The Vatican’s deal with China on the appointment of bishops has not changed the government’s abuse of Catholics and sets a bad precedent for government interference with other religions, said a US religious freedom ambassador. Source: Catholic Herald.
A Catholic public hospital in Canberra has come under fire for reportedly limiting Canberrans’ access to abortion and contraception. Source: Canberra Times.
The food people pick at the supermarket and cook in their kitchens can make a huge difference in helping address the global problems of hunger, obesity and climate change, a Vatican conference on sustainable development has heard. Source: Crux.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the law may have to change to ensure the minimum wage is calculated in a way that gives the lowest-paid workers a “living wage”. Source: The West Australian.
Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird has formed a company limited by guarantee to take over the running of parish schools, the Ballarat Diocese has announced.
Three priests in the Philippines, known for being outspoken against a wave of drug-related killings in the country, claim they have received death threats in recent weeks. Source: ucanews.com.
Most people facing end-of-life decisions want to die in their own homes, prompting a call for more support for home-based care services as the population ages. Source: The Advertiser.
Fr Ken Barker MGL wants to set the world on fire and he wants you to help him. But before you reach for the matches, you should know the flame he wants to grow comes from a personal encounter with God. Source: The Catholic Leader.
In times of ravaging emotion, a thoughtful observation from an on-looker can name what seems beyond coherent thought or speech, writes Anna Krohn. Source: ABC News.
New data has revealed the large number of Australian children who are either homeless or at risk of being out on the street, in what experts have called “our national shame”. Source: Herald Sun.
Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the families of passengers who died when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed near Bishoftu, some 50km from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Source: Vatican News.
When Pope Francis asked 50-year-old Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni to lead his Lenten retreat, the abbot said he told the Pope he felt “very inadequate”. Source: CNS.
Vatican officials have said there are no plans to discuss changing the matter of the Eucharist during an upcoming synod for the pan-Amazonian region of South America. Source: CNA.
National Evangelisation Teams Ministries, known as NET Ministries, commissioned 48 young people to spread the Good News across Australia and, for the first time, to South Africa. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Australia’s Catholic bishops will travel to Rome in June for their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit, culminating in prayer and Mass at the tombs of Sts Peter and Paul. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Caritas Australia is helping to tackle the issue of deforestation in Indonesia through partnering with local communities to preserve forests and make them economically and environmentally sustainable.
Enrolments in Catholic schools have fallen for the second year in a row, while the number of students attending government and independent schools grows, new figures show. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.