December 11, 2017

Author Archive | Robert Hiini

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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 […]

The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Archbishop Philip Freier. Source:

Anglican Archbishop hopes state will now show greater interest in palliative care

The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne hopes that there will much greater funding and interest in palliative care in the wake of euthanasia being a near certainty in his state. Archbishop Philip Freier said last Wednesday’s vote in the Upper House, where euthanasia legislation was carried 22 votes to 18, was “a historic day, but not […]


The debate we are not having: Palliative care ‘limited or non-existent’

Palliative care is “limited or non-existent” for Australians who do not die from cancer – around 7 out of every 10 deaths – but from the ordinary diseases of aging. The claim is contained in Life Before Death: Improving Palliative Care for Older Australians, a report authored by Jessica Borbasi of the Sydney-based think tank, […]


W N Bull celebrates 125 years of service

Patsy Healy is polite but unyielding when asked to name some of the most notable people that W N Bull has been asked to lay to rest in her 26 years at the company. She has personally attended to almost all of them: politicians, pioneers of technology, war heroes and religious personalities; people who have […]


For helping others, the pope says thank you

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP last week presented Papal Honours to six Catholics for their outstanding contributions to the Church and wider community. Tony and Lorraine Grace were made a Knight and Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great, respectively, for their longstanding formation work across three different parishes and in their capacity as […]


Campaign to protect marriage ‘has permanently changed the face of activism’

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has congratulated the almost five million Australians who “stuck to their guns” in the face of overwhelming pressure to vote Yes in the marriage plebiscite, and has signalled that the challenge will now move to protecting existing freedoms. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 61.6 per cent of people who […]


Bishops battle it out at sneak preview of ACYF video game

The Archdiocese of Sydney has showcased Australia’s very first Catholic video game, with two of its bishops facing off in a down-to-the-wire battle royale. The Adventures of Saint John Paul the Great will get its official launch at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival next month, but was last week previewed for youth leaders and media. […]

Prof Margaret Somerville, bioethics professor at the University of Notre Dame, launches The Great Human Dignity Heist on 10 August at NSW Parliament House. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Euthanasia bill author to debate leading ethicist tonight

The author of a bill to legalise assisted dying in NSW will debate Australia’s leading anti-euthanasia ethicist on November 20 in a major coup for the Australian Catholic University. Trevor Khan MLC, whose Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill may be debated in parliament as early as 16 November, will appear with Prof Margaret Somerville at ‘Rules […]


Church in danger of becoming a godless NGO

The Church will be in danger of becoming little more than an areligious non-government organisation if Catholics don’t urgently rediscover a call to mission, the priests of the Archdiocese of Sydney heard last week at their annual clergy conference. Daniel Ang, the Director of the Office for Evangelisation in the Diocese of Broken Bay, delivered […]


Youth launch is a new beginning

If the Church in Sydney wants people in its parishes in 20 years’ time, then it needs to invest in its young people in a sustained and serious way, according to Sydney Archdiocese’s new director of youth. Chris Lee spoke to The Catholic Weekly in the lead up to the 8 November launch of the […]


Parish 2020 advances in equipping Church for future needs

The conviction that Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP had on the day of his appointment, that he would be planning for growth and not decline, is bearing fruit behind the scenes. The Catholic Weekly caught up with Vicar General Fr Gerry Gleeson about the progress of Parish 2020, a major pastoral planning project in the archdiocese, […]

Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne (right) shares a moment with Bishop Richard Umbers of Sydney at the inter-faith prayer gathering to mark the 500th commemoration of the Reformation, October 11. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Bishop Elliott interview: A Church that is able to reform itself

The decades following the Reformation in Europe were some of the bloodiest in human history, but what are we to make of the ‘event’ itself? Australian liturgist and former Anglican, Bishop Peter Elliott, was a keynote speaker at the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and Commemoration on October 11 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Bishop […]