Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays around the world. In countries like the United States, radio stations play Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ non-stop, entire suburbs are decorated in Christmas lights, and shopping centres filled to capacity with people hoping to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones.
As Christmas Masses draw in many more people each year, it is a great opportunity for those that don’t attend Mass regularly to have their say in the Plenary Council process.
Pope Francis has encouraged all to look out for the surprises that Christmas brings
All around the world, women - and babies - are dying during childbirth. This is because they do not have access to trained midwives and safe birthing conditions. In communities where safe motherhood initiatives have not been implemented, mothers and children are still at risk every day.
Since the same sex marriage plebiscite the challenge has been balancing the right to freedom of religion for religious educators with the right to non-discrimination for teachers and students. Fr Frank Brennan, a member of the Religious Freedom Review chaired by Philip Ruddock, offers a pragmatic solution below.