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Sydney professor receives $100,000 Archdiocese grant

The Sydney Archdiocese has made possible new research into a rare and deadly heart condition with a $100,000 grant to the Victor Chang Institute.Professor Robert Graham, one of Australia’s leading scientists, is seeking to find the cause of heart attack or sudden death in...

In the Public Square with: Matthew Tan

Meet the theologian of the zombie apocalypse. Well, that might be overstating it a bit, but the cultural phenomenon of zombies has certainly kept Sydney-based theologian Dr Matthew Tan up at night as he prepares for the publishing of his second book, Redeeming the...

In the Public Square with: Greta Spies

Greta Spies (pronounced ‘Spees’) knows it is easy to become disillusioned when faced with enormous need in the world. But, as a regional engagement co-ordinator with Caritas Australia, she goes to work knowing she is part of the solution. And on the bad days,...

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...

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,...

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...

Caring for the sick is antidote to business mentality: Pope

The Catholic Church's care for the sick, especially through Catholic-run hospitals, is an antidote to "the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise," Pope Francis said.In his message for World Day of the Sick, released ahead of...

Glen Innes parishioner celebrates 100th birthday

It was unforgettable: 100-year-old Dorothea ‘Dot’ Correy, sitting with a two-tier cake, conducting 200 relatives and friends from across Australia in singing her favourite song, You Are My Sunshine to the strains of accordion music. She was celebrating her birthday on 12 March, at...

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...

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...