June 25, 2018

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Former Eileen’s Nurses head returns to God

The congregation founded by Eileen O’Connor was saddened this week by the death of its former Congregation Leader, Sister Patricia Murphy, in the 60th year of her religious life. Sr Patricia died peacefully in Liverpool Hospital on the evening of the Feast of St Anthony, 13 June, following a short illness. She was accompanied by her […]

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Raising resilient kids

WIN a copy of Girl Wise or Wise Guys! To be in the running email your name and contact details to giveaways@sydneycatholic.org and identify which book you would like to win in the subject line. By Sharon Witt We all want to raise strong and resilient children and teenagers. Resilience is best described as the […]


Schooners, sport, and the Holy Spirit – it’s not just cricket

I love my cricket but the best things that happen in our team are off the field. I’ve played with the Papal Bulls cricket club as soon as I was old enough, at 16, as part of the NSW Church Cricket competition. It’s an organisation of teams across greater Sydney that represent their local churches. […]


Dr William Leonard, Sydney’s forgotten mystic

In June 1961, a casket was carried down the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral. Cardinal Gilroy, with miter and crosier, led the funeral procession. The casket carried one of Australia’s great Biblical scholars, Rev. Dr William Leonard, a theologian, academic, priest and mystic who taught at St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly. As the decades passed, the […]

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Bishops Conference, Religious leaders on the release of Royal Commission’s final report

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has today released its final report, which includes a large number of recommendations, many of which will have a significant impact on the way the Catholic Church operates in Australia. President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, said the release of the […]

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, greets people during his September 21, 2016 welcoming ceremony. PHOTO: CNS

Trump’s Jerusalem decision will cause ‘explosion’

The Holy Land’s most senior Roman Catholic bishop has spoken out against President Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Talking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, warned that the move could increase tensions in the region. He said: […]

Friends and parishioners of Fr Leo Donnelly (back row, left) attending his 90th birthday recently. PHOTO: Supplied

Oldest serving priest celebrates 90th birthday

Over 400 members of the Port Macquarie community gathered at St Agnes’ Church in Hay Street on Sunday 19 November for Mass and a special morning tea to celebrate the 90th birthday of their much-loved Parish Priest, Father Leo Donnelly. The Bishop of the Lismore, Bishop Greg Homeming concelebrated Mass with Father Donnelly and Assistant […]

MacKillop Services award recipient Maureen Visser. Source: MacKillop Services

MacKillop heroes recognised

The outstanding achievements of carers, young people, families and staff have been recognised by MacKillop Family Services in their annual Excellence Awards, presented at MacKillop’s Annual Public Meeting. The Awards recognise excellence in practice and an outstanding commitment to MacKillop’s values and are named in recognition of Edmund Rice, Catherine McAuley and Mary MacKillop – […]


Helen Sidhu: Majority view on marriage unknown

In all the emotion over the outcome of the postal survey on Wednesday, the media has presented a largely inaccurate version of the facts. It has been claimed by almost all commentators that an overwhelming majority of Australians voted ‘yes’. This is incorrect. As Archbishop Fisher pointed out in his statement on the result of […]

A young Nicholas Tonti-Filippini: At the time of his death, he was one of Australia's most respected bioethicists.

Upholding the dignity of the suffering

In the often heady world of bioethics, Nicholas Tonti-Filippini provided a clear and consistent voice on issues that touched on the dignity of human life. His bioethics was always practically oriented, no doubt informed by his experience as a clinical bioethicist at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, the first to hold such a position in Australia. […]


Army shells Iraqi town but priest refuses to leave

A senior Iraqi priest refused to leave Teleskov, northern Iraq – even after military forces gathered there for battle. Chaldean cleric Father Salar Kajo and nine Church workers remained in the Christian-majority town on the Nineveh Plains, around 19 miles north of Mosul, despite Iraqi and Peshmerga armies amassing there mid-last week. All other inhabitants left Teleskov on […]