Women can be formally installed as lectors and acolytes after Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law related to the two ministries. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Pope Francis yesterday prayed for the victims of an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi that killed at least 67 people. Source: CNA.
Catholic Mission’s first appeal for 2021 will focus on the formation of seminarians in Cameroon, where young men are still following the call to the priesthood, despite the backdrop of an ongoing civil war.
A Parramatta parish will take part in a "heat refuge" trial, offering nearby residents an air-conditioned place in which to escape on days of extreme heat. Source: ABC News.
Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have both received first doses of a coronavirus vaccine as part of the Vatican’s inoculation campaign. Source: NCR Online.
International financial watchdog Austrac has told the Senate it over-estimated bank transfers from the Vatican City to Australia for the past six years by more than $2 billion. Source: The Australian.
Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has announced the appointment of the inaugural Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) Board. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
Archbishop Philip Wilson, who served as Bishop of Wollongong and Archbishop of Adelaide during 45 years of priestly ministry, died in Adelaide yesterday, aged 70. Source: Adelaide Archdiocese.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, a former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, died on December 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 83. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
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A group of Catholic board game enthusiasts has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to create a game based on the Father Brown series by GK Chesterton. Source: CNA.
Two Vatican cardinals, one of whom spoke with Pope Francis on Friday, have tested positive for COVID-19. One of them is in hospital with pneumonia. Source: Crux.
The Vatican and its associated entities have transferred $2.3 billion to Australia since 2014 without the knowledge of senior Australian Church leaders. Source: The Australian.
Bishops across the country have released Christmas messages to encourage the faithful in this year of unexpected challenges, marked by bushfire and pandemic, closed churches and online Masses.
It’s “not Government policy” to have a bill to legalise euthanasia come before the New South Wales Parliament next year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said. Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has welcomed a Vatican statement that says in the absence of alternatives, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed using cell lines originating from aborted babies. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
Catholic Religious Australia has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging the Government to show mercy towards asylum-seekers who are suffering, calling for their immediate release.
The Dry, adapted from the 2016 debut novel by Jane Harper, is a thriller that captures the spirit and heart of regional Australia. Source: Jesuit Media.