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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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

It’s ok to not be ok: breaking the stigma of youth mental illness

When the largest-ever national survey of the mental health of our young people was released in 2015, it presented a confronting picture of teenage depression, self-harm and suicide.It found that 560,000 children had experienced a mental health disorder in the past year and one...

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...

Natural family planning: people ‘need to know’

More women want to use natural family planning methods, but most doctors are ill-equipped to provide them with the information, says a Sydney GPA Sydney GP has pointed out the gap between an increasing demand for alternatives to hormonal contraception and the awareness of...