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The Mass-going, Rosary-praying doctor who has George Clooney for a fan

A major international prize recognising outstanding humanitarian work has been awarded to an American Catholic doctor for his selfless work over a decade in the war-torn Nuba mountains of South Sudan. The Aurora Prize awards a staggering $US1.1 million (approximately A$1,450,000) to a person who...

Our hybrid future? Should we worry about genetically ‘humanising’ pigs?

Only a few millimetres of popular headline space greeted the news that scientists had grown a number of genetically modified pig embryos with the insertion of modified human body (somatic) cells. The experimental creatures were called in the scientific media, “pig-human hybrids”, or echoing the...

Meet the atheist scientist who believes in miracles

Miracle-expert Dr Jacalyn Duffin doesn’t sound like an atheist when she talks about the mysterious benefit of prayer and the witness of a saintly life. She says miracles happen, and are genuine wonders upon which only believers can shed some light. Her position has...

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,...

Doctor’s national body to launch

A new national body will draw together Catholic doctors and other health professionals with a “heart for the beauty of the Catholic faith and what it brings to the practice of medicine”, says Dr Catherine Crowley, a senior lecturer at the Notre Dame School...

Bishop Peter Ingham recuperating after breaking collar bone in weekend fall

Bishop Peter Ingham
Bishop Peter Ingham is recovering after breaking his collar bone during a fall on 11 September. The Bishop of Wollongong collapsed prior to a confirmation Mass on Sunday. He was admitted to Campbelltown Hospital for treatment, and underwent tests to determine the cause of the fall. While...

Prayers, support pour in for ‘beautiful’ Milan’s fight for life

Milan Nguyen-Mai is only five years old but is in the midst of the fight of her life. The kindergarten pupil of Our Lady of Fatima School, Caringbah, has undergone a last-ditch attempt to rid her of a virulent form of brain cancer. Last July...

Bishops call for ‘a place at the table’ for older Australians

Bishops call for 'a place at the table' for older Australians
Consideration of social justice among an ageing population will be given prominence by the Church next weekend, but it’s a topic that inevitably involves many people who are much younger. Media reports earlier this month outlined what was called the “carer welfare cycle” that’s placing...

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...

Online Pilgrimage Program for Catholics during COVID-19

In the midst of a global pandemic, the seeds of hope are stirring for innovations in the living of the faith.