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Friendships that bridge the years

Hannah Topp is living every uni students “dream”. She pays no rent, never has to worry about noisy flatmates or waking up to somebody having used all the milk. However, on the downside she never knows if her 'neighbours' will remember her and she has...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...