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This war’s not over yet

Out there in society life goes on. But Covid continues to wreak its havoc on a frontline hospital Staff at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, feel...

Hayden Ramsay: Loss of sense a good lesson

I’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 Christian commitment to […]

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Philippa Martyr: When the COVID police arrived

God has such a sense of humour: the Glendalough parish church was semi-raided by a zealous police officer on the feast of St Blaise. My first thought was that, as St Blaise is the patron of sore throats, this was entirely appropriate. But a friend pointed out that St Blaise – a doctor as well […]

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This January try some hindsight

I’ll start the year by doing something very Roman – looking backwards. January is named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces – one that looked forward, and one that looked backward.

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Simcha Fisher: Habits we’ll keep after Covid time

Everyone in the world is at different stages of the pandemic, so it’s hard to tell if it’s the right time for this essay or not. But from where I stand, things are . . . maybe sort of kind of wrapping up? No one ever promised the vaccine was magic or that we’re guaranteed […]

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Lockdowns sparked a mental health crisis

Juliette Kirkwood began work as a Community Care Worker in CatholicCare’s parish program a year and a half ago, but grew up in South-Western...

Don’t forget Fairfield

“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...

Our God is a God of closeness, Archbishop tells Sydney Christmas...

Attendance at Midnight and Christmas morning masses at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney were surprisingly strong despite the state’s growing wave of Covid cases...

Mark Shea: Get the shot, wear the mask

The controversies of other cultures often look weird and dumb to those who live in another time and place. So, for instance, when we read...

Step by step, Vinnies staff fight a pandemic

Four St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, staff share their experiences during the recent lockdowns.

Sydney plan to reopen churches for all

Sydney Archdiocesan Vicar General Fr Gerry Gleeson announced a roadmap to Catholic church openings following announcements by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this week. Fr Gleeson...

Lending a hand in Wilcannia

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green's offer to provide pastoral and spiritual support were gratefully accepted.
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