July 21, 2017

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Campion 2018 Rome course offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Picture if you will, a university course that offers the opportunity to study the politics of the Borgia family in Rome, or the musings of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio in Florence and the lives of the renaissance artists who left traces of their genius across Italy. Such a course is in itself an insight into the […]

Brent Hughes pictured with students. Source: Supplied

Students’ Maths anxiety vs Technology

Are you someone who feared learning mathematics, or are your school experiences of maths looked back upon fondly? Mathematics is often a very divisive subject where people are firmly based in the “I love” or “I hate” category. However, in schools across Australia and the world beyond the “I hate” category is starting to grow, […]

A display outside the Baha’i Temple in Ingleside calls for the release of Baha’i leaders imprisoned in Iran.

Deadly to Believe: Baha’i suffering a persecution beyond the pale

His face turned pale, then red. Then he grabbed a glass of water. At a recent event in Australia where this Iranian official was claiming his country wanted “mutual cooperation” with others, he found himself facing the one question he did not want to answer. “If Iran wants mutual cooperation, will it adopt a confidence […]

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Christian Zahra.

Making life difficult for low-fee schools is no way to govern

For 200 years, Catholic schools have been part of the fabric of Australian society. The commitment of the Catholic Church and the selfless work of generations of religious leaders, parents, teachers and principals has created a high-quality, non-government school choice that is accessible to nearly every Australian family. This is a major societal achievement and […]


Hindu to Atheist to Agnostic to Anglican to Catholic to priest

A remarkable journey will reach a new stage on 15 July when Br Robert Krishna OP will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Benedict’s, Broadway. Br Robert’s journey began in Bangalore, India. Originally a Hindu, he became an atheist at the age of 10, and in his late teens considered […]

The Archbishop of Brisbane, Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated Mass with the Neocatechumenal Way on 10 June (right), as part of their 40 year anniversary celebrations in Melbourne. PHOTOS: Supplied

Neocatechumenal Way savours 40 years of toil and joy in Australia

It was almost a convoy that travelled from Sydney to Melbourne on 9 June to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way in Australia. For the occasion, Archbishop Denis Hart welcomed Neocatechumenal communities and representatives from around the country in St Patrick’s Cathedral. The Neocatechumenal Way is one of the numerous new ways […]

Cardinal George Pell is pictured at the Vatican in this August 2014 file photo. PHOTO: CNS/Robert Duncan

Samuel Brebner: The Cardinal Pell I admire

On 29 June at 10.30am (local time) Victoria Police announced that they are filing “multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences” against Cardinal George Pell. Pell is Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser, the previous head of the Catholic Church in Australia, and the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged for sexual abuse. He’s also […]


Youth get a foretaste of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Close to 500 students sang, danced and prayed at a Fr Rob Galea concert to mark six months until the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. Held at Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield on 16 June, the event drew a crowd from 11 other Sydney Catholic schools including nearby Mary Mac- Killop Catholic College, Wakeley and inner-west schools […]

Fr Ibrahim Alsabagh, Franciscan of the Custody of Holy Land and responsible for the Latin Community in Aleppo. PHOTO: ACN

Christians are returning to Aleppo, but to what?

Franciscan Father Ibrahim Alsabagh says that 15 families of the Latin rite Catholic community have already returned to the Syrian city of Aleppo and that many others are hoping to return, reports Josue Villalón. During a recent visit to the war-torn and widely devastated city of Aleppo in Syria, Franciscan Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, parish priest of the […]

Khartoum's Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria. PHOTO: ACN

The Archbishop doing battle for the people of North Sudan

Archbishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria has been in charge of the archdiocese of Khartoum since November 2016. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recently visited Sudan. During the trip Archbishop Didi spoke with ACN’s Oliver Maksan about the situation of the Church in Sudan. Archbishop, you have been in office for […]

Historian and commentator Gerard Henderson speaking in Hobart recently. PHOTO: Archdiocese of Hobart

Gerard Henderson: The media, the Commission and the Church

My research in the early 1970s on Catholics and politics in Australia led me to what remained of the Central Catholic Library in Melbourne, which had been established by the Irish-born Jesuit Fr William Hackett. The Central Catholic Library was frequented in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s by the men – and they […]