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In the Church with Pope Francis

08 Jan 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Everyone knows that Pope Francis is different. When he was elected no one would have expected the new Pope to go back to the guest house with the other Cardinals in a bus or to celebrate Holy Thursday at the Juvenile Gaol, let alone wash the feet of young men and women, Muslim and Christian, with tattoos and without.


News feature: Crimes against God and the State

08 Jan 2014 | Michael McVeigh

Deputy Chair of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry Frank McGuire MP says he was inspired in his efforts by the strength and courage of victims and their families to bring those who abused their trust to justice.


AC Classroom: Stories of hope - Maxine

08 Jan 2014

How does someone break out of a destructive lifestyle? The following is an extract from Stories of Hope, a new book from the Melbourne Archdiocesan Office for Evangelisation.


AC in the classroom: Understanding human trafficking

08 Oct 2013

These exercises aim to help students articulate a definition of human trafficking and explore some of the complexity of the issue. They are a part of a set of resources developed for schools by the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans.


News feature: Frank conversations to tackle abuse

01 Aug 2013 | Michael McVeigh

Professor Maria Harries brings 45 years of experience working with victims of sexual abuse to her new position on the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. She says the Catholic Church needs to have a frank encounter with the realities of sexual abuse, and its response to the Royal Commission is just one aspect of that encounter.


Why art matters in church

18 Feb 2013 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Why art matters in churchWhen we think of art in churches we think of statues, paintings and stained glass windows, all of which are standard fixtures in places of worship. But artworks have also often caused controversy.


The Pope who confounded expectations

18 Feb 2013 | Ray Cassin

The Pope who confounded expectationsPope Benedict XVI is not the first person to have won praise for quitting his job. What is unusual in the Pope's case is that the praise is sincerely meant - it isn't a backhand way of saying that he didn't do his job well.


AC in the classroom: Getting in the picture

18 Feb 2013 | Geraldine Martin

Art has changed from century to century and from artist to artist. But the basic theme remains - to communicate to an audience and to express a personal philosophy of life.


Bodies ‘r’ us

07 Jan 2013 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Bodies 'r' usOur bodies are the means by which we experience God and the world around us. Sometimes it is through the joy of running in the park, or a physical connection with someone we love. Other times, it happens through the pain of sickness and frailty. To respect and look after our bodies is to treasure God's precious gift to us.


Indigenous missions

18 Dec 2012 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Indigenous missionsThere are many ways of seeing missions. Catholics describe the heroism of men and women who leave their own lands to bring the gift of faith to people who have never heard of Christ.


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