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Vatican academy urges vaccinations

Catholic parents should vaccinate their children for the good of their children and the community, and they can do so with a "clear conscience," said the Pontifical Academy for Life. Photo: CNS/Brian Snyder, Reuters
Catholics can vaccinate children in "clear conscience" that doing so is not cooperating in abortion.

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...

Beating the Back to School Blues

By Justin Coulson I’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...

School lunches fit for a MasterChef

The thought of preparing school lunches for the coming year fills you with dread, then relax! One of Australia’s most celebrated and best-loved cooks, Julie Goodwin, knows how you feel. Having packed hundreds of lunchboxes over the years for her three sons, the MasterChef winner...

5 things to know when booking a retreat

With the beginning of Lent just a month away, Catholics everywhere will be in the mood to do a little spring-cleaning of the soul and it's a great time to consider going on a retreat. If you’ve never been on a spiritual retreat before,...

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...

Marie Kondo effect flows to Catholic charity

St Vincent de Paul NSW CEO Jack de Groot says he can’t say for sure that Japanese home organising expert Marie Kondo is responsible for January being the biggest month for donations the charity has ever seen, but “she definitely has something to do...

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...

Euthanasia: Ripping the fabric of society apart

It was the experience of losing someone he knew to assisted-suicide that propelled Professor Peter Kurti into advocating against legalised euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. “I felt quite angry actually. I felt indignant,” Prof Kurti told The Catholic Weekly. “His family had been devastated and I...

Embers set a fire on and off the court

Every week at an indoor basketball centre in Sydney’s Castle Hills, a group of women gather briefly to pray before their evening game. Five years ago nine young women were growing out of their parish youth ministry activities and getting busier juggling working and family...