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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...

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...

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...

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...

Attorney-General to target church rights

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition leader Bill Shorten have promised to protect religious freedoms if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Northern Territory Government has unveiled proposals for extending anti-discrimination laws which would, if implemented, do away with all exemptions for religious organisations...

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...

Young adult’s dark drug and alcohol past becomes asset in ministry

By any measure, Scott Weeman seems contented.All of the pieces of his life seem to have fallen into place.The 31-year-old American is a newlywed, married in September to his wife, Jacqueline. He enjoys the love of his family and a supportive community of friends....

Beating the Back to School Blues

By Justin CoulsonI’m sure there really are kids out there who were excited about heading back to school after the summer holidays. But I don’t know any of them.About seven percent of Aussie kids aged 4-17 years experience anxiety disorders each year, and school...

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,...

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...