The German bishops are at odds over the “binding synodal procedure” they decided to adopt at their plenary in March this year, designed to reduce clerical power and address clerical sexual abuse and the celibacy rule. Source: The Tablet.
A cross-party group of 10 MPs will move amendments to the abortion bill in the NSW upper house next week in an attempt to ban gender selective abortions and keep a baby alive if born during an abortion. Source: The Australian.
A new addition to New York's 9/11 Memorial and Museum that pays tribute to the first responders, survivors, and their families who have continued to suffer from the attacks is being praised by faith leaders as a sign of “continued hope”. Source: Crux.
A new alliance is taking aim at the Future Fund – Australia’s national "nest egg" – by questioning the billions of dollars invested in fossil fuel projects from the nation’s wealth fund. Source: Caritas Australia.
A special Catholic marriage mentoring program for newlyweds is increasing in popularity as the next generation strives to build strong, long-lasting and prayerful bonds. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Aid to the Church in Need Australia has launched a special campaign to raise $175,000 for the Church in Africa, which is facing persecution in many countries.
Fearing for the safety of pilgrims, a Queensland priest prayed in the middle of the night at a shrine on the Gold Coast hinterland surrounded by fire. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Victorian Government says it hopes it does not have to jail priests who fail to report child abuse revealed during the sacrament of confession. Source: The Age.
Having gone to Africa as a pilgrim of peace and hope, Pope Francis said he hoped the seeds planted there by his visit would bear abundant fruit for everyone. Source: CNS.
Forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are responsible for the majority of targeted attacks on churches since the country’s civil war began in 2011, a new report alleges. Source: CNA.
More than 20 Catholic social service providers have joined with researchers from the Australian National University to commission new research into entrenched disadvantage. Source: Catholic Social Services Australia.
With increasing concerns worldwide about human rights violations in Nicaragua, a Vatican representative has called for a return to negotiations and reforms necessary to hold “free and transparent elections” there. Source: Crux.
The former head of Australia’s Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross says the Ordinariate’s success is part of a long-term progression towards true ecumenism. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
A quarter of Australians are experiencing loneliness, with young adults more affected than other age groups, according to a snapshot of the nation's health. Source: ABC News.
Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the “schism option”. Source: CNS.
The Morrison Government is working on changes it thinks can win bipartisan support for its proposed religious freedom laws to secure passage through the Senate. Source: SBS News.
More than 600 members of Sydney's Latin American Catholic community gathered on Sunday to celebrate Mass and honour Our Lady of Guadalupe. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Canberra-based poet John Foulcher is the winner of the 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry, receiving $10,000 in prize money for his poem Revising Casuarinas.