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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...

Ask and receive: Training for parents of the Pro-Life Generation

It’s not only Gen Y that is becoming increasingly involved in the pro-life movement.A special training day for the parents of young pro-life volunteers has been organised after many expressed a desire to receive the same formation on pro-life issues as their children.LifeChoice Australia...

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...

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...

Myanmar fundraising trek a family affair

Vera and Stuart Clark and their son Matthew are leaving Sydney for Myanmar on a 12-day fundraising adventure.

Australia’s next possible saint honoured

The young woman who could become Australia’s second canonised saint has been honoured on the 98th anniversary of her death, after a life of suffering and devotion to God.At the same hour that the 28 year-old Eileen O’Connor died in 1921, a special Mass...

The Holy Family, going radical and … Paella!

However, there is another aspect to the family that has a potentially powerful political effect: The family is the nucleus of our society.

A mission of love to Pakistan’s poor and persecuted

In Pakistan there is “nobody to speak for the poor ones,” says Fr Yacub Barkat, who has ministered to Catholics in the country for over two decades.Currently, Fr Yacub is administrator of twin parishes, St Gabriel’s in Bexley and St Mary MacKillop’s in Rockdale....

A dry diocese bursting with faith

According to Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green OSPPE, the Church plays an important role in keeping hope alive in his drought-stricken diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes.“The Christian message is hope. So it’s a pretty important role here ... Having a place where people can come and have a...

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...