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.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have submitted a joint report to the National Office for Child Safety (NOCS) on the Catholic Church’s implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Pope Francis held a party for sick children of Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary 16 December ahead of his birthday 17 December.
Governments must “guide the efforts of global diplomacy to secure peace in our world and to promote the integral development of each individual and all peoples,” Pope Francis said at a recent meeting with new, non-resident ambassadors to the Vatican.
Following the release of the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review, the Law Council of Australia has urged the Federal Government not to rush the introduction of a new bill until it effectively balances the competing rights of freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination.