Ahead of Pope Francis’s World Day of the Poor on Sunday, November 17, Caritas Australia has issued a challenge, calling on women and girls across Australia to stand in solidarity with women and communities experiencing poverty globally.
The Catholic Church in Australia is dedicating the month of November as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions and to pray for the gift of rain.
More than 70 religious leaders from fifteen countries have signed an open letter, calling on Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani to step away from the Carmichael Coal Project which threatens to destroy the lands of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, kill more of the Great Barrier Reef and further destabilise the climate. They urge him instead to scale up Adani’s renewable energy business.
An opportunity to learn more about women’s leadership in the Catholic Church will be open to all when the Voices of Faith conference at the Vatican tackles this topic, with all proceedings live-streamed on Thursday 3 October at 7.30pm AEST.
For the first time in 18 years, the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most popular saints of modern times, will visit Australia next year on a four-month pilgrimage with her parents, Saints Louis and Zélie Martin.
The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement today of further assistance to rural communities devastated by the unrelenting drought.