August 18, 2018

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Catholic health experts attack suicide Bill

Catholic health experts have attacked an assisted suicide Bill as a “distraction from the shameful reality” of inadequate access to palliative and end of life care. Catholic Health Australia (CHA) CEO Suzanne Greenwood said that Senator David Leyonhjelm’s Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 would also further contribute to a widespread fear of […]


No rain, but an outpouring of support for farmers facing “devastating” drought

Ordinary Australians are proving their reputation for generosity with their enthusiastic support for a St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s major drought appeal. A Vinnies spokesperson said that in the first two days since its launch the charity has received many more phone calls with offers of donations than is usual with other appeals. “It’s […]


Bishops to release Church’s formal response to Royal Commission this month

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will release its formal response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by the end of August. It will also release the four volumes of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council’s final report. ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge made the announcement on 3 August after two days […]


Archbishop Fisher welcomes revision of the death penalty

By CNS and Catholic Weekly staff Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP welcomed Pope Francis’s revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty, saying it demonstrated the consistency of the Catholic Church’s  ethic on the sanctity of all human life. “Some theologians used to teach that capital punishment was permissible: in expiation for […]


Anti-trafficking group launches fundraising appeal after Government funding loss

ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has launched an urgent fundraising appeal after the Federal Government revealed that it will discontinue its funding this year. ACRATH’s $125,000 one-year grant from the Federal Government ran out on June 30 and the announcement was received on 2 August. Executive officer Christine Carolan is hopeful of […]

Clergy from around Australia process into St Patrick's Cathedral. PHOTO: Peter Casamento

Melbourne receives its ninth Archbishop

Last night Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral was alight for a great moment of grace for the whole country. Around 3000 were present for the installation of Archbishop Peter Andrew Comensoli as the city’s ninth archbishop. He used the occasion to call Melbourne’s faithful to get their hands dirty planting “seeds of grace and peace” with […]


Maronites plan week-long festivities for Our Lady

In true Lebanese style, the Maronites of Sydney will pull out all stops for a week-long celebration leading up to the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption that is expected to attract thousands. The week of festivities at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park will include Masses, talks, prayer, Adoration, raffles, rides and, of […]


St Canice parishioners celebrates a special connection with saint’s feast

Parishioners of St Canices, Kings Cross, celebrated the feast of St Ignatius with a number of moving liturgies last weekend that highlighted their connection with their sister parish and schools in East Timor. Several students from St Ignatius College Riverview, Aloysius College Milson’s Point, and Loyola High School, Mt Druitt, shared their experiences of visiting […]


Future saint to be canonised with the future saint who beatified him

Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognise as saints on 14 October during the month-long meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people. During an “ordinary public consistory” July 19, Pope Francis announced he would declare Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio (pictured) a saint the same day […]


Catholics around the world to unite in prayer to Our Lady

Following the success of the Oz Rosary earlier this year, a Global Rosary will take place on 7 October, the feast of the Holy Rosary, to unite the entire world in prayer to Our Lady. Many countries have already signed-on for the global event including Australia, USA, Poland, UK, Ireland, Central and South America, Mexico […]


Calls to end “inhumane” policy on Manus anniversary

Catholic leaders have called for an end to the Federal Government’s policy of “indefinite and inhumane” offshore detention on the five-year anniversary of Manus Island’s designation as a processing centre for asylum seekers. Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Fr Maurizio Pettena CS said detention had proved unnecessarily harsh with “tragic consequences” […]

Protesters on the Day of the Unborn Child in Sydney on 26 March. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli

Fury at new abortion law

Laws that would make abortion legal – up to birth – will be put before Queensland Parliament next month. While abortion is technically illegal in Queensland, the prohibition against it is not enforced, with the Queensland Law Reform Commission estimating that up to 14,000 babies are aborted in the state each year. The proposed changes […]