August 22, 2018

Author Archive | Robert Hiini


Catholic family told to get out, weeks before Christmas

Christmas has been cancelled for a Kings Langley family-of-six after the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke decided to not to intervene in their appeal for permanent residency following an initial rejection based on what they say was a clerical error. Ricky and Linda Morales and their four children – parishioners at St […]


Raffle raises $100k for Maternal Heart

Sydney Catholics have always been fond of a punt, but a recent raffle at the Latin Mass community of Maternal Heart, Lewisham, suggests that they are big fans of beautiful church architecture too. The community of around 300 people has somehow managed to raise $100,000 over the course of four months, money which will go […]


The best of what’s left of #ACYF17

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival was a major success but also an immensely busy time for The Catholic Weekly and other agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. We spoke to too many young people, groups, religious and priests to count, generating so much material that we simply couldn’t use it all. Collectively, the feedback […]


Bijoy gives a cense of the action

A second year seminarian found himself an arm’s length away from the centre of attention on Friday night as more than 15,000 young people knelt down in Qudos Bank Arena in Adoration of the Lord. Bijoy Joseph, a seminarian at Sydney’s Good Shepherd Seminary, was the ‘thurifer’ (the server who dispenses incense by swinging a […]


Festival ends on spectacular note

Fireworks filled the sky over The Domain in Sydney on Saturday evening as 15,000 young people, families and singles celebrated what it means to be Catholic in the most public of ways. At the closing Mass for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) the crowd roared repeated chants of “yes” as Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP […]


Young hearts reach new heights on festival’s penultimate night

In the most moving scenes yet that would melt the soul of the most hardened cynic, more than 10,000 young people dropped to their knees to welcome their risen king at the final plenary for the Catholic Youth Festival. Not a sound could be heard for 20 minute as those in the packed arena paid […]

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Festival hits a high note – 20,000 pray for intercession of Mary

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival was treated to a new level of talent this morning, courtesy of US headliner Emily Wilson. The one-time aspiring sports broadcaster, who instead opted for a mission of speaking, YouTubing and writing about real life with God, held the 20,000-strong crowd in the palm of her hand as she spoke […]


Looking back at the first day of ACYF

Young people have been pushed to their limits – in the best of ways – on the first day of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. The Qudos Arena was alive with sound and light tonight as youth, tired out from an extensive day of activities, came back to life as US headliner Steve Angrisano and […]


Youth on fire as ACYF gets underway

Qudos Arena at Sydney Olympic Park shook this morning with the sound of 20,000 young people singing at the top of their voices as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival got underway with gusto. Host bishop and the Australian Bishops’ delegate for youth, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP welcomed the young people to Sydney in characteristic style, […]

Bishop Richard Umbers speaks to Ch 9 News at Qudos Arena, Sydney.

Anticipation builds as youth, media flock to ACYF

Tens of thousands of young Catholics are descending on Sydney Olympic Park for three action packed days with some of the world’s best known Catholic speakers and musical artists. The event has already attracted national media attention with Australia’s youngest Bishop, Richard Umbers speaking to National Nine News about the impact the festival will have […]


They’re beginning to arrive – Australia converges on Sydney for #ACYF17

Hearts are aflutter in Sydney today as the organisers of #ACYF17 begin to welcome some of the more than 19,000 young people who will converge on Sydney Olympic Park tomorrow. Transport NSW has announced public transport arrangements to meet the additional demand – both for the festival itself and for the final public Mass at […]


Australia’s Religious leaders to the PM: Have you thought about this?

Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders have asked the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to consider what same-sex marriage without substantive protections for religious freedom would mean for the operation of their charities. Around 30 leaders, including Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, have signed a joint letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, urging […]