April 25, 2018

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Photo: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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 […]


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 […]