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Central Australia’s Arrernte people can now read the Bible in their own language

Arrernte aboriginal bibles

ABOUT 5000 central Australian Aborigines are now able to read the Bible in their own Arrernte language. “It’s a project that has taken more than twenty-five years,” Divine Word Missionaries Father Prakash Menezes, who is assistant priest at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Alice Springs, said. “Having their own language Bible allows people their own identity now. ... Read More »

Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

Religious keynote speaker

A NATIONAL assembly of Australia’s Catholic religious congregations has included an apology for past abuse in schools and institutions, and a call to religious congregations to “be prophetic” and emerge from dark times with healing and hope. Keynote speaker, missionary and educator Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita urged 130 participants at the assembly in Melbourne from June 20-22 to ... Read More »

Greens pushing to scrap Our Father from parliament day

Our Father in Parliament

WHEN parliament returns from its winter recess, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has vowed to renew her push for the Lord’s Prayer to be ditched from Federal parliamentary proceedings. She describes the opening of each day of parliament as “insulting”. “Considering there’s many people who aren’t religious, there’s many people of different faiths, it’s time we started having an institution that ... Read More »

Triple suicide on Gold Coast prompts euthanasia concerns

euthanasia crisis

IT happened in our midst – an apparent planned and researched triple suicide on the Gold Coast. With the push to legalise euthanasia gaining momentum in states across Australia, it’s a chilling end-of-life strategy, with grave implications according to Catholic ethicists. “To choose to limit one’s life – to choose to miss out on life with its blend of joys ... Read More »

Penalty rate cuts will ‘build inequality’, not create jobs

Penalty rates cuts

FOR Gold Coast retail worker Rachel Spackman, the whole issue of weekend penalty rates has a lot to do with religion. The 19-year-old Catholic is a full-time student and works casually up to 15 hours a week. She tries not to work on Sundays. “It’s a juggle because I like to go to 9am Mass,” the Merrimac student, who works ... Read More »

Josephite novice launches new eBook on Australia’s first saint

Jane Maisey

THE life of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop has been captured in a new eBook for children. Author Jane Maisey, who is on the “Emmaus Journey” (novitiate) to become a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, started writing after she looked online for eBooks about saints and found a glaring gap. “To my surprise there was very little, ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell denies child abuse allegations following charges

Cardinal Pell in the Vatican

CARDINAL George Pell has strenuously denied allegations of child sexual assault after being charged by Victorian Police. Cardinal Pell been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18. The Archdiocese of Sydney released a statement on behalf of Cardinal Pell after he was informed of the charges during the early hours in Rome. “Cardinal Pell will return ... Read More »

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