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Churches cast light despite locked doors

Dotted around Sydney each night are new reminders that Christ is always beacon of hope.

Blessing of animals great and small

Fr Paul Ghanem ofm blesses a pet
Father Paul Ghanem ofm says he has witnessed “very intense” bonds between pets and their owners annual blessings of animals.

Red Wiggle to light up young hearts

This year, Sydney’s iconic Christmas sound and light show at St Mary’s Cathedral will feature an animated children’s story by an expert in all that delights the young, and the young-at-heart. Roger Robot has been written and narrated by none other than the Red Wiggle...

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...

Smart watches not clever

Wearable trackers like the Fitbit, Garmin, Moove, or even smart-watches are gaining significant market-share with children – and with Christmas so close, it’s likely that they’ll be in plenty of Santa stockings. Market research shows that sales of wearable trackers will have grown by 26...

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...

Reflections on a challenging but blessed life

It was a different era, when a young Kerry Bayada arrived at St Columba seminary in the Blue Mountains still a child. Now the retired monsignor looks back on nearly 60 years as a priest

Margaret Somerville: Withdrawing artificial hydration and nutrition

Withdrawing artificial delivery of food and water to patients can be ethically complex It can be unethical to withdraw artificial hydration and nutrition and doing so can constitute a form of euthanasia — that is, when it’s withdrawn with a primary intention to cause death....

Woman with Down syndrome fights abortion laws

A 24-year-old British woman with Down syndrome has launched a lawsuit against the UK government, seeking to change British laws that allow for babies with Down syndrome to be aborted up until birth. “At the moment in the UK, babies can be aborted right up to...