September 26, 2017

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Emily’s Voice: The pro-life, pro-woman agency reaching millions

Pro-life. Speak those two hyphenated words and a millennia of placard-wielding, fired-up activists are invoked. Emily’s Voice is unashamedly pro-life but also pro-woman. Motivated by love for women and their unborn children, the Toowoomba-born charity uses clever, compelling, hopeful and truthful media campaigns to influence culture about the life issue. CEO Paul O’Rourke explains that […]

PHOTO: Joshua Davis

Are we conning converts when what you see isn’t necessarily what you get?

I was received into the Church as an adult, and back when I first contemplated becoming Catholic, I was super pumped to finally experience the fullness of the True Presence with a good, old-school reverent Mass with plainchant and incense and 200 year old neo-gothic churches. After all, the Catholics have literally all the artistic […]


St Joseph’s Rockdale marks 125 years of being a premier parish

Barrie Unsworth, former Premier of New South Wales, with his wife Pauline launched a history book of the community of St Joseph’s, Rockdale, at its 125th anniversary celebration. The couple belong to the parish community, and the anniversary marked a milestone in the history of the Catholic Church and the Sydney Archdiocese. The Papal Nuncio […]

Parish men man the barbecue at St Anthony’s 75th celebrations. PHOTO: Supplied

Marsfield celebrates 75 years and the gift of Italian parishioners

A spirit of gratitude filled the community of St Anthony’s in Marsfield when it celebrated its 75th anniversary recently. More than 500 people gathered for the thanksgiving Mass and barbeque, and to reflect on “all the blessings received in the last 75 years”, said parish priest Fr Greg Cooney. Many of those blessings relate to […]

NZ and Australian Opera singer Benjamin Caukwell plays Lancelot in Artes Christi's upcoming production of Camelot. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

When ancient legend becomes modern morality play

Camelot is a story about goodness, virtue, chivalry, and the glory of Christendom which laid the foundations of Western Society. Camelot is also a story about a good king who transforms the pagan culture he enters, with a new law, a new standard and a Christian ethic. Arthur is an imperfect King, as flawed as […]

Rupert “Rupe” Osman Hudson OAM. Source:

True justice revolutionary was always up for a challenge

Rupe Hudson, a revolutionary in Catholic charity and social justice, died suddenly at home, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on 18 July 2017. He was 88. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, their children: Ron, Kevin, Elaine, Bernie, Keith, John and Chris, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Rupert “Rupe” Osman Hudson OAM was born on […]


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 […]