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Rite of political election: Why young Catholics need to engage more in Australian politics

Catholic Youth Calling

IF you ever wondered what happened to those provocative billboards promising men a better sex life, just ask Melbourne seminarian Matthew Restall. In 2008 the then-university student stumbled upon an image that would spur him into a national political campaign against sexualised advertising and a short career in politics. “I got involved through trying to change the sexualised culture in ... Read More »

Expert says using super for home deposits will put young people behind

Using super for home deposit will put young people behind

WITHDRAWING from superannuation to pay a deposit on a home would take away up to 12 years of retirement savings, an industry expert has said. Australian Catholic Superannuation chief executive officer Greg Cantor, commenting on the recent debate about using super to pay for a home deposit, said that move would “significantly erode” the original intention of superannuation and impact ... Read More »

Teenagers named the most generous generation in Australia

young volunteer

TEENAGERS living in Australia have been identified as the country’s most generous generation when it comes to volunteering. A global interview of more than 22,000 online users over the age of 15 in 17 countries showed the frequency of volunteer or charity work among consumers aged 15 and over. According to the survey by GfK, Australians aged between 15 and ... Read More »

The amazing things that happen when you get out of your comfort zone

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COMFORT zones and I get along very well, so well in fact that they were once all I knew and anything outside of that was a massive no.  I liked the familiar, the predictable and the expected.   I learnt my limits, I knew how outgoing I could be without feeling self-conscious and I learnt how to take calculated risks.  ... Read More »

Too many teenagers: Ignite Conference might outgrow venue as numbers continue to swell

Ignite Conference

TEENAGERS are posing a wonderful problem for organisers of an annual youth conference in Brisbane who have watched numbers “bust from the seams”.  Ignite Conference organisers Luke Plant and Kym Keady, both members of the Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, said the four-day event might “soon outgrow” its venue at Mueller College, Rothwell. “If that happens we’re going to say, ‘Thank ... Read More »

Church representatives want inquiry into Queensland juvenile justice system

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CHURCH justice advocates have joined calls for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to widen the scope of a royal commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention, to include facilities in Queensland. On July 26, Mr Turnbull announced a royal commission into the Northern Territory’s juvenile detention facilities after ABC TV’s Four Corners aired shocking images of guards brutalising inmates.  “We want to say emphatically ... Read More »

WYD pilgrims leave Krakow eager to be missionaries of mercy

THEY’RE exhausted, homesick and desperate for a shower, but Australia’s 3000 pilgrims are ready to heed Pope Francis’ call to get off the couch and “live lives of mercy”. Australia’s Catholics made their voices and flags known among the 356,000 registered WYD pilgrims from 187 countries who gathered in Krakow last week. Pilgrims walked more than 100km during the WYD ... Read More »

‘This is not human, this is not Christ’, Don Dale centre priest says

THE Catholic chaplain who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, and even washed the boys’ feet, said he was “sick to the core” after watching graphic television images of abuse by guards. Fr Dan Benedetti has ministered at the Northern Territory detention centre since 2003, and knows the teenagers, including Dylan Voller, whose brutal treatment was documented on the ... Read More »

Pilgrims from around the world to speak language of love in Krakow

KRAKOW’S Archbishop invited more than 300,000 young Catholics to speak the “language of the Gospel” at the commencement of the World Youth Day in Poland. Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz welcomed more than 300,000 pilgrims from across the globe to the hometown of the World Youth Day founder, Pope John Paul II, at an opening Mass on Tuesday, July 26. Before the ... Read More »

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