On Sunday 1st of September, Pope Francis announced that a meeting would take place on the 5th of October this year to confirm the nomination of 13 new Cardinals. According to the Pope, these new Cardinals express the missionary vocation of the Church as it strives to announce the merciful love of God to every person on earth.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story contains images of a person who has passed on.

Thousands of guests came together to farewell Deacon Boniface Perdjert, 82, in Wadeye, about 400 kilometres south-west of Darwin last Friday. He was a revered Aboriginal elder, Australia's first permanent Indigenous Catholic deacon and a calming force in a remote community that was prone to clan related tension and violence.

A statue dedicated to St Barbara has been placed at the tunnel entrance in Melbourne’s CBD. Currently undergoing the most significant works in decades, the city is preparing to add two new underground train lines and with digging to commence, the statue was placed to look after those working in the tunnel.