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Holy Spirit urged take off

Collapsed Indonesian church
A Christian airline pilot says the Holy Spirit prompted him to take off early from Palau airport in Indonesia on 28 September, narrowly avoiding the disastrous earthquake and saving the lives of his 140 passengers.He said he felt “uneasy” and began to sing worship...

Sacred art a bridge to heaven

When Michael Galovic sits down to paint he enters a mystical world where the human meets the divine.Scenes from the Gospels become present in brilliant colour and saints from the distant past stare out at the viewer, inviting the contemplation of heavenly things.Shimmering halos...

A Cracking Idea For The Homeless

Shelling out food for the homeless has become a passion for Vivian Mourani.The Family Educator at St Therese’s Primary School at Denistone delivers over 400 boiled eggs a night to those living on the streets all kindly donated by the students.Affectionately known as the...

Blessing of animals great and small

Fr Paul Ghanem ofm blesses a pet
Father Paul Ghanem ofm says he has witnessed “very intense” bonds between pets and their owners annual blessings of animals.

Doctor’s national body to launch

A new national body will draw together Catholic doctors and other health professionals with a “heart for the beauty of the Catholic faith and what it brings to the practice of medicine”, says Dr Catherine Crowley, a senior lecturer at the Notre Dame School...

Where Love and Respect fill the Gaps

Tom lives alone. His only companion his severe mental illness. The walls in his Darlinghurst flat are covered in mould and the stench of cigarettes, urine and sheer filth slaps you in the face.He is usually quite irritable and cranky and goes weeks on...

Prayers, support pour in for ‘beautiful’ Milan’s fight for life

Milan Nguyen-Mai is only five years old but is in the midst of the fight of her life.The kindergarten pupil of Our Lady of Fatima School, Caringbah, has undergone a last-ditch attempt to rid her of a virulent form of brain cancer. Last July...

Sydney professor receives $100,000 Archdiocese grant

The Sydney Archdiocese has made possible new research into a rare and deadly heart condition with a $100,000 grant to the Victor Chang Institute.Professor Robert Graham, one of Australia’s leading scientists, is seeking to find the cause of heart attack or sudden death in...

Caring for the sick is antidote to business mentality: Pope

The Catholic Church's care for the sick, especially through Catholic-run hospitals, is an antidote to "the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise," Pope Francis said.In his message for World Day of the Sick, released ahead of...

Marist girls bring double the power in fight against cancer

The girls at Marist Catholic College in Penshurst have pulled off a mighty feat, collecting more than double their fundraising target for the fight against breast and gynaecological cancers.The young women – 150 of them in Years 7-9 – managed to collect $4,100 in...