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Staying Connected in Crisis

The last two years have seemed an endless barrage of crises that affect every aspect of our lives. From the bushfires in 2019/20, to COVID lockdowns, home learning, social unrest, the threat and reality of war in Ukraine, to the endless rains and flooding situation we are currently facing.

Hayden Ramsay: Loss of sense a good lesson

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m recuperating from a nasty bout of covid. It had many unwelcome effects. Surprisingly, complete loss of smell has been if not the hardest, the saddest. I used to teach St Thomas Aquinas and enjoyed very much his profound reverence for our bodily lives. Reconciling this reverence with the even more ancient […]
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NSW dying bill has dangerous implications

Draft law offers no strong protections against coercion and will affect the Catholic culture of care By Brigid Meney The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 will soon come before the NSW Legislative Council with a report from the Law and Justice Committee being made public this...

Lockdowns sparked a mental health crisis

Reading Time: 4 minutesJuliette Kirkwood began work as a Community Care Worker in CatholicCare’s parish program a year and a half ago, but grew up in South-Western Sydney like many Christians of Middle Eastern heritage. She saw the area transform and evolve from a largely Anglo-Saxon population to the diverse region it is today, beginning […]
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Don’t forget Fairfield

Reading Time: 6 minutes“At 9am the helicopters started hovering. They’d hover for the next hour, hour and a half, spotting people. “It was the very first time I thought, ‘Here I am celebrating Mass and I’m fearing being arrested.’ This would happen in Communist China, not in a country where we’re free.” As NSW reopens […]
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Catholic Parents of Unvaccinated Kids Plead: Take COVID-19 Seriously

Some people at risk of serious harm from infectious diseases are being forgotten in COVID-19 culture wars, even within faith communities where they should expect to receive the most support
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Step by step, Vinnies staff fight a pandemic

At the coalface: Left to Right: Principal Hospital Scientist Damien Stark, Incident Response Manager Rachel MacFarlane, Respiratory/Sleep Physician Katrina Tonga, Operational Transformation and Service Innovation Manager Sarah Sweeney. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Four St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, staff share their experiences during the recent lockdowns.

St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore, celebrates 100 years of care

Country's only diocesan-owned hospital is unique One winter’s day in 1921 four Sisters of Charity boarded a stream train at Sydney’s dusty Central Station for a 700-plus kilometre journey to Lismore in the state’s northeast. They were answering a call to serve the people of the...

Students to go to the margins in new model

The Australian Catholic University has announced an exciting new partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney’s welfare agency, CatholicCare aimed at embedding Catholic social teaching in a more practical way in ACU’s undergraduate programs across fields such as speech pathology and occupational therapy. From Semester 1...