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Australia: New national Catholic safeguarding agency launched

The Church in Australia establishes a new agency to oversee all safeguarding, child protection and professional standards in Australia.

Gospel Truth: Second Sunday Advent, 6 December

In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Mark 1:1-8 of the Second Sunday of Advent.

Pope expresses condolences for the death of Archbishop Tessier

Pope Francis remembers Archbishop Henri Tessier, who died on Tuesday, as a “generous pastor” who worked with “courage and an evangelical spirit” in service of the Church in Algeria.

Pope Francis: Frailty is part of everybody’s life

Pope Francis, in a message to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, highlights the importance of inclusion and active participation for those with disabilities. He also denounces the throwaway culture, which affects the most vulnerable.

Pope establishes Worldwide Prayer Network as Vatican entity

Pope Francis establishes the Worldwide Prayer Network as a papal institution with its headquarters in the Vatican.

Italian Bishops hold online event on prayer and disability

The Bishops of Italy host an online conference on the theme “The Prophecy of Fraternity”, and reaffirm that people with disabilities should be able to participate actively in their own care.

South African Bishop: The ending year calls for reflection on the signs of the times

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, President of the South African Bishops’ Conference, reflects on the state of the nation and the Church in South Africa as the year ends.

“Fratelli tutti”: an invitation to act now for a post-pandemic world

Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Fratelli tutti” provided the inspiration and the themes for reflection at an on-line seminar organized by The Pontifical Lateran University.

Pope prays for missionaries slain 40 years ago in El Salvador

Forty years after their death, Pope Francis recalls the brave missionary women who were brutally murdered in El Salvador as they worked to make the lives of those suffering the county's civil war easier.

Africa: Young Catholic media professionals begin online course

Forty young African media professionals, this week started a three-week online training programme organised by SIGNIS Africa under the banner: Citizen journalists of hope.