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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...

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.

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...

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...

Sydney professor receives $100,000 Archdiocese grant

The Sydney Archdiocese has made possible new research into a rare and deadly heart condition with a $100,000 grant to the Victor Chang Institute. Professor Robert Graham, one of Australia’s leading scientists, is seeking to find the cause of heart attack or sudden death in...

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...

Marist girls bring double the power in fight against cancer

The girls at Marist Catholic College in Penshurst have pulled off a mighty feat, collecting more than double their fundraising target for the fight against breast and gynaecological cancers. The young women – 150 of them in Years 7-9 – managed to collect $4,100 in...

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...

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...