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New laws further sign that abuse prevention is Church priority

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed Pope Francis’ new document on the investigation and reporting of abuse within Church settings, which enshrines some measures long in place in Australia but also makes new provisions that will give greater impetus to the Church’s safeguarding efforts in this country.

Opinion Opinion

Being Church with young people

Shari is a good friend of mine from my parish in the USA. She’s a long time member of the community, a former music teacher and school principal, a trustee of the parish, and a faithful volunteer in the parish youth ministry. A single woman in her 70s, never married, no children, Shari is a sort of surrogate grandmother to young people in the community.

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International

Pope's Lenten message

Pope Francis has chosen an ecological theme for his annual Lenten message. Titled 'For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God' the message is dated October 4, 2018, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, but was only made public by the Vatican earlier this month.

Opinion

Universal Church up close

All roads lead to Rome, they say. And from all the corners of the earth we came – Australia (just me), Macau, the Philippines, Latin America, United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Western Europe and Rome itself – to learn about ‘covering Catholicism in the age of Francis’.