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Experts back KPMG report on palliative care

More care would boost economy and health, says report Catholic health and aged care providers have welcomed a new report revealing that more than $450 million could be saved through better funding of palliative care services and a national strategy on end-of-life care. The KPMG report found that an annual investment of $365 million will bring Australia’s palliative...

What the Plenary Council won’t be able to change

Plenary Council 2020 will not have the power to enact anything contradicting the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, or to change the essentials of the Mass or ordain women to the priesthood, a Canon lawyer has said. Fr Ian Waters, a professor and lecturer...

Dancing family brings viral joy amid virus lockdowns

Millions watch the Hoffmans jazz-handing joy to a 'shut down' world When health officials recommended self-isolation to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Ali Hoffman and her parents, Michael and Michele, found themselves quarantined in their Fort Worth-area home. In their boredom, they donned their "party...

Young adult’s dark drug and alcohol past becomes asset in ministry

By any measure, Scott Weeman seems contented. All of the pieces of his life seem to have fallen into place. The 31-year-old American is a newlywed, married in September to his wife, Jacqueline. He enjoys the love of his family and a supportive community of friends....

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...

A Cracking Idea For The Homeless

Shelling out food for the homeless has become a passion for Vivian Mourani. The Family Educator at St Therese’s Primary School at Denistone delivers over 400 boiled eggs a night to those living on the streets all kindly donated by the students. Affectionately known as the...

Archbishop reveals precious moments of priesthood

While speaking at a recent lunch for student leaders, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke of the profound experiences he has had as a priest, including having a woman pass away in his arms during a parish visit. “I was at a parish not very long...

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...

Help when you need it the most

As we are all being asked to practice social distancing and isolation as a measure to slow the spread of the corona virus, you may be feeling many emotions. You may be anxious or worried for yourself and your family members; being out of...

New Canon Law course offers the big picture

A sound understanding of the Code of Canon Law, which underpins the whole life of the Catholic Church, is invaluable for anyone working in parish administration or Catholic education. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has warmly recommended a course on Canon Law to be offered by...