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In the magic of books, adventure awaits!

“Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.” This slightly odd (yet undeniably true) quote comes from Lemony Snicket, author of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ When I was a child it was one of my favourite book series. Over the...

Catholic Social Services Victoria responds to lockdown

“Their welfare is of key concern to us during this time,” Catholic Social Services Victoria said in a recent media statement.

Understanding Peer Pressure

It’s normal for young people to worry about fitting in. Peer groups play an important role in young people’s lives, particularly during adolescence. ‘Peer pressure’ refers to the influence that these groups can have on how an individual thinks and acts. You can often find...

Pill Testing: Arguments For and Against

Concerts are a known risk site for use of drugs. Pill testing is the answer, says Dr Alex Wodak.
Tens of thousands of young people attend music festivals every year amid a national debate about whether Australia should introduce pill testing at public events for those intending to use illicit drugs. The Catholic Weekly presents two expert views, one for and one against...

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...

No Premier Andrews, you’re very wrong on gender therapy

I was taught as a child to be attentive to my neighbour’s decisions in case they threatened my own freedoms and integrity. So let’s look at NSW’s neighbouring state of Victoria. A week ago, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews released a statement relating to so-called ‘gay...

New social services body launched

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

Med students boost the St Vincent’s team

Final-year students from The University of Notre Dame Australia are providing support during the pandemic.

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...

Pope: Abortion never the answer

Pope Francis has called selective abortion of the disabled “expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality”.