October 16, 2018

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Deacon John Flanigan holds a sign during a vigil outside St Louis University College Church on 28 January 2014 ahead of the 29 January execution of Missouri death-row inmate Herbert Smulls of St. Louis. PHOTO: CNS

David Bentley Heart reviews Catholic pro-death penalty book

I would be lying if I claimed that my initial approach to By Man Shall His Blood Be Shedwas an unprejudiced one—I am firmly convinced that no Christian who truly understands his or her faith can possibly defend the practice of capital punishment—but I was not unwilling to give the book a fair hearing. My convictions […]


Catholic school stars – the HSC heroes from ordinary suburbs

Students from Catholic schools have put in a stellar performance in this year’s Higher School Certificate exams, with 18 students taking first place in 19 subjects. The subject-topping students are among 258,000 students enrolled in 591 Catholic schools throughout NSW. Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) Chief Executive Officer Dallas McInerney said it was particularly pleasing to see […]

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Happy Birthday, Jose: Mortlake parishioner turns 100

St Patrick’s Mortlake parishioner Jose Teran celebrated his 100th birthday on 19 November and was honoured on the occasion by no less than Pope Francis. Monsignor John Usher presented Jose with a special papal blessing that had been requested from Rome for the occasion. Jose and his late wife Eva migrated to Australia from Ecuador […]

Do you know how your gifts were made? PHOTO: Chris Sowder

Ruth Moraes: Shopping for Christmas? Try a different approach

With Christmas just around the corner, many of you will be thinking about what presents to buy for your family and friends. With the high unemployment rate, the stagnancy of wages and the spiraling cost of living, many more families will be celebrating Christmas modestly this year or perhaps not at all. However, if you […]


Tony Farley: Independent Education Union is making unreasonable demands

In early December this year over 25,000 Catholic school staff in the 11 Catholic Dioceses of New South Wales and ACT will be asked to vote on a new enterprise agreement. NSW Diocesan Catholic school staff will be offered back pay of 2.5% to January of 2017 and two more wage increases of 2.5% from […]

Proud as punch families celebrate student excellence at 2017 Archbishop’s Awards

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has presented the Archbishop of Sydney Awards for Student Excellence 2017 to 49 outstanding students from Catholic Secondary schools across the Archdiocese of Sydney. The recipients were individually recognised during a ceremony held at St Mary’s Cathedral College Hall for service to their school and parish communities, as well as their […]


Camelot returns to Sydney

On Friday 18 August, more than 30 years since its last major staging in Sydney, one of the world’s most loved (but only rarely performed) musicals Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot will reopen in Sydney in a brand new production being staged by Artes Christi. With a cast & live orchestra of 75 including a special […]

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The 10 must see travel sites for a faith-filled Catholic

Travel is on our minds and in our blood! What better way to start planning than with a list of the top 10 Catholic sites to see? This list begins with a Church built atop the site of Jesus’ birth. It ends with a Church built atop the burial site of St Peter, the man […]


Surry Hills young adults dig for the roots of Vatican II

The young adults at St Peter’s, Surry Hills, have organised a symposium on the Second Vatican Council; an event and body of teachings that is still regarded as vexed and poorly understood, some 52 years after its final session. In a series of Sunday talks throughout May and June, the parish is inviting people to […]

The Catholic Weekly Reader Competition (Competition) – Terms and Conditions

The Catholic Weekly Reader Competition (Competition) – Terms and Conditions By entering the Competition each entrant (You) agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions (Terms and Conditions) which also include any instructions relating to the Competition as printed in The Catholic Weekly newspaper or in the equivalent online survey. The Catholic Archdiocese of […]

Royal Commission Releases Case Study Findings

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released its report in the case study relating to abuse victim John Ellis and his experience of the Towards Healing process and civil litigation. The 160-page report  which makes 34 findings follows the three weeks of public hearings in Sydney in March of last […]

The Top Ten Achievements Of John Paul II

John Paul II’s pontificate broke many records. But, beyond the numbers, the leadership of the Polish Pope guided the Catholic Church through many rising challenges in modern times. FIGHT FOR FREEDOM “Don’t be afraid!” One of the greatest challenges was the Cold War, and the two blocs that pitted the world against each other. John […]