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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...

Pope: Abortion never the answer

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

New hope for body image disorders

ACU researchers discovered that a single dose of the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin, can help cure sufferers.

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...

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...

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...

Woman with Down syndrome fights abortion laws

A 24-year-old British woman with Down syndrome has launched a lawsuit against the UK government, seeking to change British laws that allow for babies with Down syndrome to be aborted up until birth. “At the moment in the UK, babies can be aborted right up to...

Surviving the loss of a child

By Angela Grieve People often ask me how I get out of bed every day after losing Regan and I guess the answer is that I have to. I am a single mum, I have a job and I have responsibilities to my other children. And just...

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,...

Catholic healthcare: there for everyone who’s sick

On 11 February the Church observed the 28th World Day of the Sick, an occasion to be in prayerful solidarity with those suffering ill health and those who care for them. It was also an occasion to reflect on the witness and meaning of...