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New social services body launched

New South Wales and the ACT now have their own dedicated peak Catholic social service group.

From rich to poor, married to priest

When Father Bob Sheridan was four or five years old, electric trains only travelled as far as Parramatta. At midnight street lights went out and radios fell silent. Sydney’s Westmead, where his dad moved him, his mum and his younger brother John from NSW’s Riverina...

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...

Looking after your health and wealth later in life

Although I usually write about finances, I have long thought that our greatest assets in retirement are good health and a happy disposition. As we all know, the age at retirement, like the Age Pension ‘eligibility age’ is trending higher. The days of retiring...

A mission of love to Pakistan’s poor and persecuted

In Pakistan there is “nobody to speak for the poor ones,” says Fr Yacub Barkat, who has ministered to Catholics in the country for over two decades. Currently, Fr Yacub is administrator of twin parishes, St Gabriel’s in Bexley and St Mary MacKillop’s in Rockdale....

A tale of two cathedrals: Canterbury and Notre Dame

Notre Dame Paris and Canterbury Cathedral are the most important cathedrals in France and England and the two current cathedrals are almost identical in age. Fire has also now played a major part in the history of both of these hugely significant buildings and the connections...

Free cards send pro-life message

One of the new cards from the 365Life campaign. Sets are available free to readers of The Catholic Weekly. Photo: 365Life
Business-sized cards with pro-life designs are appearing all over Melbourne city.

It’s ok to not be ok: breaking the stigma of youth mental illness

When the largest-ever national survey of the mental health of our young people was released in 2015, it presented a confronting picture of teenage depression, self-harm and suicide. It found that 560,000 children had experienced a mental health disorder in the past year and one...

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...

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,...