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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...

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...

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.

Blessing of animals great and small

Fr Paul Ghanem ofm blesses a pet
Father Paul Ghanem ofm says he has witnessed “very intense” bonds between pets and their owners annual blessings of animals.

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...