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Hayden Ramsay: Loss of sense a good lesson

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’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 […]
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Philippa Martyr: When the COVID police arrived

Reading Time: 4 minutesGod 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 […]
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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

Reading Time: 4 minutesEveryone 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 […]
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Lockdowns sparked a mental health crisis

Reading Time: 4 minutesJuliette 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 Sydney like many Christians of Middle Eastern heritage. She saw the area transform and evolve from a largely Anglo-Saxon population to the diverse region it is today, beginning […]
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Don’t forget Fairfield

Reading Time: 6 minutes“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 thought, ‘Here I am celebrating Mass and I’m fearing being arrested.’ This would happen in Communist China, not in a country where we’re free.” As NSW reopens […]
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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...
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