June 28, 2017

Author Archive | Robert Hiini

Suspended indefinitely: Year 12 student John Paul Romano. PHOTO: Doug Dobing

Catholic student in academic no man’s land, suspended after protest

In the past two weeks, Year 12 student John Paul Romano should have been completing assignments and preparing for exam week, which begins tomorrow. Instead, the 17-year-old Canberran – a cathedral acolyte and promising young leader – finds himself in a kind of academic no man’s land, having been suspended indefinitely by St Edmund’s College […]

A Muslim woman prays outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City. PHOTO: CNS

Religion faces an uncertain future at the ABC with recent restructuring move

The latest announcement of changes to religion coverage at the ABC has some wondering whether there are elements within ABC management with a strong cultural antipathy towards religion. Changes at the ABC over the past three years have witnessed major cut backs in coverage of religion at the national broadcaster. Last Friday an email to […]


Australia really is the Lucky Country when it comes to religious diversity, says cardinal

A senior Holy See official received a front row view of the one of the most vibrant corners of the Church in Australia last week, visiting Holy Saviour Melkite School, Greenacre, in Sydney’s West. Cardinal Leonardi Sandri, who heads the Holy See’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches, spoke to students, parents and dignitaries at a […]

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NSW Premier hosts celebration of historic Armenian Bible’s publication

Esteemed guests and dignitaries heard an extraordinary history in the theatrette of the NSW Parliament on May 3, of a man who tried to bring the printed Bible to Orthodox and Catholic Christians alike – a Bible rejected in his own lifetime by both communities. The achievement of the Armenian printer and Bishop, Voskan Yerevansti […]

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Tony Abbott visits Catholic school, notes the importance of consultation

Federal MP Tony Abbott has reiterated his party’s tradition of championing school choice during a visit to a Catholic primary school in Manly, noting the importance of consultation between the Government and educators before new funding arrangements are finalised. St Mary’s Catholic School Principal Paul McGuire and a bevy of nervous but plucky students welcomed […]


Popular Sydney youth event heads across town for Eastfest 2017

Ever received a cappuccino from a Capuchin or partied with people who don’t see faith and frivolity as being mutually exclusive? If you’re aged 16 to 35, now’s your chance. The EASTFEST youth event, coming up on Friday 12 May at Holy Family in Maroubra, has all the ingredients for a night of fun and […]

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Catholic trivia app – are you a nerd or novice?

The Dominicans are coming to a Catholic dinner party near you but not in a form you might expect. The Australian province of the ancient and venerable order has just released a Catholic trivia app for Android phones, and the response so far has been encouraging, with downloads from all over the world, including from […]

Artes Christi will stage Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Seymour Centre on 14-15 October. Photos: Giovanni Portelli

Falling in love with Hamlet: Q&A with director Eugene Raggio

Promising to be apocalyptic, religious and political, the new Artes Christi production of Hamlet will be anything but conventional when it’s performed next week, exchanging tired Freudian interpretations for something much closer to William Shakespeare’s likely intentions. Eugene Raggio is directing the special anniversary production, marking 400 years since the Bard’s death, with a strictly […]

Anthony McCarthy, artistic director of Artes Christi and producer of <i>Hamlet</i>.

Artes Christi to bring Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the stage next month

A Catholic arts company will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in a way that would have done him proud: by staging a production of his towering epic, Hamlet. Artes Christi will stage the play, formally titled The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale, with […]

The leader of the Australian Ordinariate, Mons Harry Entwistle, shares a moment with Pope Francis as a copy of the ordinariate’s icon, Our Lady of the Southern Cross, is presented to the pontiff. Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis given icon of Our Lady of the Southern Cross

A little piece of Australia was presented to Pope Francis on 14 September by members of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, giving the Holy Father a copy of their eponymous icon ‘written’, as the tradition would have it, by the esteemed, NSW-based iconographer, Michael Galovic. The Ordinariate is a Catholic group […]