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Hayden Ramsay: Loss of sense a good lesson

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m recuperating from a nasty bout of covid. It had many unwelcome effects. Surprisingly, complete loss of smell has been if not the hardest, the saddest. I used to teach St Thomas Aquinas and enjoyed very much his profound reverence for our bodily lives. Reconciling this reverence with the even more ancient […]
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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...

Scalabrini keeps family in the picture

Aged care home keeps bonds alive and residents safe They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks … just don’t tell 101-year-old Italia Bonfill. The fiercely-independent centenarian, who previously thought Google was something a baby does, has been using the latest technology to keep...

New social services body launched

New South Wales and the ACT now have their own dedicated peak Catholic social service group.

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...

Monica Doumit: Vaccine coercion is deeply troubling

The rationale for vaccine coercion seems to change daily By this time next week, I’ll be one of the increasing number of Australians who have received both shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine (what a friend of mine humorously calls the ‘clot shot’). Before COVID, I never...

Don’t forget Fairfield

Reading Time: 6 minutes“At 9am the helicopters started hovering. They’d hover for the next hour, hour and a half, spotting people. “It was the very first time I thought, ‘Here I am celebrating Mass and I’m fearing being arrested.’ This would happen in Communist China, not in a country where we’re free.” As NSW reopens […]
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Innovative ‘cuddle beds’ for humane palliative care

Cuddle beds are an important initiative

Step by step, Vinnies staff fight a pandemic

At the coalface: Left to Right: Principal Hospital Scientist Damien Stark, Incident Response Manager Rachel MacFarlane, Respiratory/Sleep Physician Katrina Tonga, Operational Transformation and Service Innovation Manager Sarah Sweeney. Photo: Giovanni Portelli
Four St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, staff share their experiences during the recent lockdowns.

Pope warns of potential for ‘viral genocide’

Pope praises countries that accept economic setbacks to save lives, issues stark message for others.