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Giving new life to Catholicism

01 Nov 2017 | Ashleigh Green

Earlier this year, more than 15,000 young Australian Catholics filled out a survey on their attitudes to the Church ahead of next year’s Youth Synod. Ashleigh Green was tasked with presenting some of the findings of that survey at a special gathering in Rome in September.


The carriers of hope

01 Nov 2017 | Michael McVeigh

The story of a child born two thousand years ago in a humble stable still has power to inspire hope in insecure places in the world today. 


Connecting teachers and students

01 Nov 2017 | Kate Mani

An education initiative between Townsville Catholic Education and James Cook University is listening to young Aboriginal and Torrens Strait Islander voices about what makes an effective classroom.


The Twelve Days of Christmas Creation Challenge

01 Nov 2017 | Jaqui Remond

This Advent season we are responding to the papal encyclical Laudato Si’ to live simply, change our lifestyle and be part of a cultural revolution to look after God’s Creation. 


P.O.P.E (Part of the Pilgrim Experience)

01 Nov 2017 | Geraldine Vytilingam

Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved travelling, and in particular the unique experience of pilgrimage, writes young writer Geraldine Vytilingam.


A life confined

01 Nov 2017 | Fr Peter Carrucan

Whether they’re in detention, or living in the community waiting to hear if they’re to be allowed to stay in Australia, freedom remains an elusive dream for many refugees.


Lina’s Project offers the Church a chance to atone

01 Nov 2017 | Joanne Isaac

A project conceived and led by abuse survivors is hoping to open a new chapter in the life of Maitland‑Newcastle Diocese.


The value of diversity

13 Aug 2017 | Madeleine Hamilton

The mood was subdued at the gates of our small Catholic primary school one afternoon in June this year. Ten per cent of our school’s students have an autism diagnosis, and for their parents who had read Pauline Hanson’s comments to the Senate that day, those familiar feelings — dismay at the ignorance and lack of empathy of some people, worry for the future, and defiant pride in their diverse children — had been activated yet again.


The parish of the highway

09 Aug 2017 | Beth Doherty

For the last two years, a large motor home has become a beacon of hope for the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, as the mobile base of Fr Richard Shortall SJ. 


My perfect island

09 Aug 2017 | Morgan Triskelidis

Sometimes it can feel like there are two versions of ourselves – one we create on social media, and one we live with in real life. But how can we create real connections with other people if we really don’t know the person we’re connecting with?


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