May 23, 2017

Author Archive | Robert Hiini


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 […]

Bishop Terry Brady congratulates Sr Maria Thi Thanh Tuyen Nguyen on her final profession. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Sr Maria professed a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross

St Joseph’s parish in Belmore pulled out all stops on 17 September to celebrate the final profession of woman into a religious congregation that is central to its life as a thriving Catholic community. Sr Maria Thi Thanh Tuyen Nguyen of the Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross Qui Nhon (Vietnam) made her […]

Australia's bishops have called for a “renewed solidarity among generations young and old” as the nations faces challenges resulting from a rapidly ageing population. Photo: Shutterstock

Reject toxic idea of ‘intergenerational theft’, bishops urge community

The Catholic bishops have issued a bare-faced challenge to the ways we treat and refer to old people, calling on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism and the toxic attitudes that often accompany concepts such as “intergenerational theft”. The call is made in A place at the table: social justice in an ageing […]