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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.

Pope: Abortion never the answer

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

New social services body launched

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

School lunches fit for a MasterChef

The thought of preparing school lunches for the coming year fills you with dread, then relax! One of Australia’s most celebrated and best-loved cooks, Julie Goodwin, knows how you feel. Having packed hundreds of lunchboxes over the years for her three sons, the MasterChef winner...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...