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Government steps up security so people can pray in peace

St Patrick’s Mortlake on 30 May is one of 103 recipients of a new NSW Government grant dedicated to improving security measures for places of worship, with Minister Steve Kamper delivering the good news.

New church acquisition dedicated to St Rita

Following St Rita’s feast day on 22 May, Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Harris Park has announced the acquisition of a new church to be dedicated to the Italian saint.

Haydn Ensemble brings Stabat Mater to Sydney

The Australian Haydn Ensemble will bring to NSW audiences the iconic sacred hymn heard by Catholics on one of the important days in the Church calendar.

Fr John Flader Q&A: Let’s talk tabernacles

I will draw principally on Mario Righetti’s four-volume Storia Liturgica, volume 1, which offers a comprehensive treatment of the question.

Misunderstanding the rise of the Nones

By Phil Davignon By now it is well known that the Catholic Church in many places—and organised religion more generally—must contend with the sudden growth...

To find the meaning of synodality, listen to the people

Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, the undersecretary for the synod on synodality, visited Australia to promote the Church’s transformation into a ‘listening Church’. After several years...

Gender dysphoria. Sensitivity and fidelity

Gender guidelines aim for sensitivity - and fidelity US diocese’s pastoral guidance that ‘begins with love’ joins a growing list of responses As the issue of...

Catholic Discipleship in a Change of Age

While Christianity has been at the root of many aspects of Western culture, and many of the social institutions that emerged from this Christian...

Dr Philippa Martyr: A salaried church – or a dangerous one?

I was relieved to hear that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has already rejected the proposal in The Light from the Southern Cross for a national centre for Catholic leadership.

Paul Catalanotto: Embrace the paradoxes of Lent

The word Lent means spring as in the season. In the Northern hemisphere, the Lenten season in the Church happily corresponds with the Spring season. Up North, Lent takes on a flare of renewal and growth in how flowers anticipate fruit.

Dr Philippa Martyr: US diocesan reality checks offer lessons

The Archdiocese of Chicago has now released details of its parish restructure. This is a good opportunity for the Church in Australia to start making notes.

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Simcha Fisher: Showing up empty-handed

We were at Mass. Christmas Mass, in fact; and I felt, as I always do, that we had arrived unprepared. If I only had one...
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