September 25, 2018

Author Archive | Staff writers

St Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore.

Is this set to become Australia’s finest cathedral?

“Once in a lifetime project” is how project manager and site manager Allan Marsh describes working on the renovations of St Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore. His design brief was simple: to future proof the cathedral for the next 300 years. That broad brief has so far included restoring the sanctuary and central altar area, and […]

NSW Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward. Photo: Brendan Esposito/Fairfax Media

Catholic conference targets domestic violence

Catholic women from across Australia pledged at a recent conference to fight the scourge of domestic violence. More than 220 delegates attended the 47th Catholic Women’s League Australia national conference at Parramatta last month. Pru Goward, the nation’s first Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault spoke on the government’s strong position on […]

Voices for Justice 2014.

Prayer vigil as Millenium Development Goal deadline nears

Australian Catholics will be among hundreds of Christians expected to converge on Canberra on 12 October to pray for the nation’s leaders and local contributions to a world free from extreme poverty. As part of Micah Challenge’s annual Voices for Justice event, participants will join Federal politicians in a public night prayer vigil on the […]

Bishop Terry Brady presents the Croce pro Ecclesia et Pontiface to Fr Frank Martin. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Papal honour for Sydney’s oldest priest

Fr Frank Martin and his extraordinary 75 years of service to the Church in Australia were recognised with a papal honour, the Croce pro Ecclesia et Pontiface, on 1 October. Bishop Terry Brady, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, presented the Papal Cross of Honour for the Church and Pope to Fr Frank at Stella Maris Aged […]

Michael Last and Jane Toutounji at a WYD11 formation meeting.

My WYD: Sydney muso and missionary Michael Last

My first WYD in Sydney in 2008 opened my eyes to the beauty, diversity and universality of the Catholic Church. It was incredible to see my home city come alive in a joyful celebration of faith. I realised that I was a part of something so much bigger than just my parish and youth group, […]

Fr Chris Slattery blesses a vessel as Sydney's fishing community prays for a safe season at sea. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Praying for a safe and bountiful fishing season

A statue of Madonna processed through the Sydney Fish Market on 27 September atop the shoulders of fishermen praying for a safe season at sea. Fr Chris Slattery, parish priest of St Martha’s, Strathfield, led the procession which culminated in the annual blessing of the fleet. Like many Sydney fisherman, Paul Bagnato can trace his […]

Cardinal Robert Sarah, centre, leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October 2014. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Cardinal Sarah warns against softening Christ’s teaching on marriage

Addressing the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Cardinal Robert Sarah warned against softening Catholic teaching on marriage and family life and said that repentance is the beginning of individual healing. “The heart of the devil’s lie is this: ‘God wants to limit you. He does not want to see your life fulfilled. So fulfill […]

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Vinnies meets refugees at their front door

A grassroots service that sees volunteers deliver food and basic household items to refugees in Australia is strengthening bonds between asylum seekers and the community. The Vinnies Refugee Support Services supports families seeking asylum in Australia, many of whom fear returning home and end up living well below the poverty line. “Many are enduring hardships […]

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The importance of religion in war-time: Notre Dame lecture

Why does religion matter in times of conflict and peace-building? Religion and international affairs expert Dr Denis Dragovic will speak on the topic to mark the launch of the Religion and Global Affairs Program of the Institute for Society and Ethics at the University of Notre Dame this week. For more than a decade Dr […]


Man drought in Aussie classrooms

New ACU analysis of ABS Labour Force data reveals that as few as one in five Australian primary school teachers have been men over the course of the past 20 years. In 2014, only 16 per cent of NSW primary school teachers were men, with Victoria faring little better at 18 per cent, while Queensland […]

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Wollongong celebrates 3406 years of marriage

A Wollongong husband and wife celebrated a staggering 74 years of marriage on 20 September as part of a diocesan Mass to honour matrimony milestones. They joined six couples celebrating 25 years of marriage, 22 couples celebrating 40 years, 24 couples celebrating 50 years of marriage, 12 couples celebrating 60 years of marriage, and six […]