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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...

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...

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...

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...