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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 GPA Sydney GP has pointed out the gap between an increasing demand for alternatives to hormonal contraception and the awareness 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...

Attorney-General to target church rights

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition leader Bill Shorten have promised to protect religious freedoms if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Northern Territory Government has unveiled proposals for extending anti-discrimination laws which would, if implemented, do away with all exemptions for religious organisations...

The Mass-going, Rosary-praying doctor who has George Clooney for a fan

A major international prize recognising outstanding humanitarian work has been awarded to an American Catholic doctor for his selfless work over a decade in the war-torn Nuba mountains of South Sudan.The Aurora Prize awards a staggering $US1.1 million (approximately A$1,450,000) to a person who...

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...

Bishop opposes death sentence for Charleston church killer

The bishop in the local area of one of America’s most horrifying, racially-motivated killings has re-iterated his opposition to the death penalty after the perpetrator was sentenced to death.Jurors unanimously agreed to sentence Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black churchgoers on 17...

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...

‘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...

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,...