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Pope warns of potential for ‘viral genocide’

Pope praises countries that accept economic setbacks to save lives, issues stark message for others.

Pray and don’t panic urges diseases expert

Catholics should take care to limit virus spread and care for the vulnerable, says doctor.

Horsley Park bounces back

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at parish which was forced to cancel last years' display.

Bishop Peter Elliott: St John Henry Newman, a true son of Mary

His long life spanned the nineteenth century. John Henry Newman was born in London in 1801 and died in Birmingham in 1890.

From rich to poor, married to priest

When Father Bob Sheridan was four or five years old, electric trains only travelled as far as Parramatta. At midnight street lights went out and radios fell silent. Sydney’s Westmead, where his dad moved him, his mum and his younger brother John from NSW’s Riverina...

EXCLUSIVE: Medics uneasy on ending lives

Victorian hospitals struggle to find doctors willing to kill patients on eve of assisted suicide law With just a week to go until the implementation of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017, Melbourne’s largest health care providers were struggling to find specialists willing to administer...

ACU report warns of mental health care crisis

Study finds staff shortages contributing to mental health nurses crisis A new report by Australian Catholic University has found that mental health nurses are suffering high levels of workplace stress made worse by ongoing staff shortages and acutely unwell patients. The study, published in the International...

Challenges to Confession seal attributed to abuse scandals

https://youtu.be/pUtHTYSDjRc Conversion in the Confessional For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments. Church scholars assert the concept of the seal of confession...

Marie Kondo effect flows to Catholic charity

St Vincent de Paul NSW CEO Jack de Groot says he can’t say for sure that Japanese home organising expert Marie Kondo is responsible for January being the biggest month for donations the charity has ever seen, but “she definitely has something to do...