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Euthanasia: Ripping the fabric of society apart

It was the experience of losing someone he knew to assisted-suicide that propelled Professor Peter Kurti into advocating against legalised euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.“I felt quite angry actually. I felt indignant,” Prof Kurti told The Catholic Weekly. “His family had been devastated and I...

Red Wiggle to light up young hearts

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This year, Sydney’s iconic Christmas sound and light show at St Mary’s Cathedral will feature an animated children’s story by an expert in all that delights the young, and the young-at-heart.Roger Robot has been written and narrated by none other than the Red Wiggle...

Embers set a fire on and off the court

Every week at an indoor basketball centre in Sydney’s Castle Hills, a group of women gather briefly to pray before their evening game.Five years ago nine young women were growing out of their parish youth ministry activities and getting busier juggling working and family...

Reflections on a challenging but blessed life

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It was a different era, when a young Kerry Bayada arrived at St Columba seminary in the Blue Mountains still a child. Now the retired monsignor looks back on nearly 60 years as a priest

First Coptic Catholic church almost complete

The nearly-completed St Mark’s Coptic Catholic church in Prospect will serve to remind parishioners of Egypt’s long history, says parish priest Fr Andrawes Farag.As the only Coptic Catholic church in Australia, Fr Farag said, the new church will give subsequent generations a little piece...

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...