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A dry diocese bursting with faith

According to Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, the Church plays an important role in keeping hope alive in his drought-stricken diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.“The Christian message is hope. So it’s a pretty important role here ... Having a place where people can come and have a...

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...

Archbishop Gomez: US election exposed divisions that can only be healed by Christ

By Archbishop José GomezI am not alone in observing that this long campaign season exposed deep divisions in our society and real anxiety about our country’s future direction.I would also say that this is the first election where we can see very clearly that we...

Catherine Sheehan: How I came to love the Rosary

I have always struggled with praying the Rosary. Repeating the same prayer over and over again is monotonous and the prayers are so familiar that praying them can feel dry, meaningless and a bit mechanical. The Mysteries of the Rosary are stories cradle Catholics...

Beating the Back to School Blues

By Justin CoulsonI’m sure there really are kids out there who were excited about heading back to school after the summer holidays. But I don’t know any of them.About seven percent of Aussie kids aged 4-17 years experience anxiety disorders each year, and school...

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...

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...

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...

Copy these 9 things your child does, and you’ll be happier

How many times have we looked at children and admired their simplicity and capacity for joy? How often have we discovered that taking things so seriously — as if it all depends on us — weighs us down, whereas entrusting ourselves to others, as...

Political correctness is eroding education

Dr Kevin Donnelly is hopeful that despite the fact Australia’s education system is now dominated by political correctness and left-wing ideology, the pendulum is starting to swing back in the other direction.“I believe in the essential goodness of people,” Dr Donnelly, a Senior Research...