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Our hybrid future? Should we worry about genetically ‘humanising’ pigs?

Only a few millimetres of popular headline space greeted the news that scientists had grown a number of genetically modified pig embryos with the insertion of modified human body (somatic) cells. The experimental creatures were called in the scientific media, “pig-human hybrids”, or echoing the...

‘For you, Jacques, the resurrection of Jesus is not a catechism lesson, it is a reality’

This is the homily of Archbishop Dominique Lebrun at the requiem Mass of Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass on 26 July. Dear friends, The priest, Jacques Hamel has no more to fear God. He presents himself, now, with his righteous works. Of course, we are...

Rediscovering the masculine genius

The Church desperately needs to rediscover the gifts of the “masculine genius” in order to be a “healthy and growing” Church, according to Fr Paul Chandler.

Meet the atheist scientist who believes in miracles

Miracle-expert Dr Jacalyn Duffin doesn’t sound like an atheist when she talks about the mysterious benefit of prayer and the witness of a saintly life. She says miracles happen, and are genuine wonders upon which only believers can shed some light. Her position has...

Catholic solutions to public policy problems: ACU launches PM Glynn Institute think tank

The rehousing of Syrian refugees in Melbourne, the role of conscience in medicine, and the problems facing human rights in Australia: a new public policy think tank at the Australian Catholic University has hit the ground running, launching on 13 October. The PM Glynn Institute,...

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...

Bishop Peter Ingham recuperating after breaking collar bone in weekend fall

Bishop Peter Ingham
Bishop Peter Ingham is recovering after breaking his collar bone during a fall on 11 September. The Bishop of Wollongong collapsed prior to a confirmation Mass on Sunday. He was admitted to Campbelltown Hospital for treatment, and underwent tests to determine the cause of the fall. While...

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...

Bishops call for ‘a place at the table’ for older Australians

Bishops call for 'a place at the table' for older Australians
Consideration of social justice among an ageing population will be given prominence by the Church next weekend, but it’s a topic that inevitably involves many people who are much younger. Media reports earlier this month outlined what was called the “carer welfare cycle” that’s placing...

Natural family planning: people ‘need to know’

More women want to use natural family planning methods, but most doctors are ill-equipped to provide them with the information, says a Sydney GP A Sydney GP has pointed out the gap between an increasing demand for alternatives to hormonal contraception and the awareness of...