Last Sunday, an unprecedented event took place in the history of the canonisation process, when Pope Francis beatified an entire family, including a child still in the womb around the time of the mother’s martyrdom. Their story is one of a humble family opening their home with quiet courage in the face of evil, showing us what it means to be a neighbour.
Also this week, we talk with author and midwife Jodie McIver about her new book that was shortlisted for the 2023 Australian Christian Book of the Year, a book breaking open pregnancy and childbirth from spiritual perspective; in the lead up to Social Services Sunday (17 September), we hear from Jesuit Social Services CEO Dr Julie Edwards OAM, who was recognised in this year's King's birthday honours, about working towards systemic change for ‘the least’ among us; and this year’s Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards recently took place in Perth, where Melbourne Catholic received awards for best layout and design (online), best content (ecumenical and interfaith) and best news content (highly commended).
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Morocco, Caritas agencies in the region are assessing the scale of the damage and coordinating with other organisations to see how they can best assist. Caritas invites people to reach out and help in any way they can. The blessing of modern technology is that we can be Good Samaritans even from afar!
Finally, ahead of Pope Francis’ ‘sequel’ to Laudato Si’, we unpack some key themes and ideas that can help us understand the original document in a deeper way.
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