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Daniel and Daryl Giles bringing hope to families living with autism

Daryl and Daniel Giles

DANIEL Giles has been thinking a lot about Heaven and the meaning of life since the coronavirus pandemic hit Australian shores. “I know Jesus talks about living life to the full, and I’ve kept thinking, ‘Hmm, what does life to the full really mean? Was I living life to the full before the pandemic?’,” Daniel said. But if you asked ... Read More »

New McCrindle report finds Australians are spiritually hungry despite anti-Christian narrative

RELIGION and spirituality is becoming more important to Australians than ever before, according to a new report that could inspire Christian leaders to be more proactive in evangelisation and outreach. The new report by McCrindle Research reveals key trends that could help church leaders buck the dominant perception that Australia is an increasingly secular nation, including data that shows Australians ... Read More »

Survey is asking how Australian Catholics coped during COVID-19 lockdown

AUSTRALIA’S 623,400 or so Catholics who normally attended Sunday Mass before the COVID-19 lockdown are being studied as part of a research project exploring the psychological impact of church closures. Philippa Martyr, a Perth Catholic undergoing a graduate diploma in Psychology at Monash University in Western Australia, is studying the effect that the nationwide dispensation of Sunday obligation and ongoing ... Read More »

Canberra author uses fiction to evangelise Church’s teaching on marriage

THERE was a time Catholic fiction novels ruled library shelves, and Canberra author Veronica Smallhorn believes it’s time for a renaissance. The mum of three has released her first novel, A Channel of Your Peace, which tells the story of a young woman whose life turns upside down when her fiancé of five years confesses to having an affair with ... Read More »

John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm

THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the eradication of slavery globally. Mr McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012 to ... Read More »

Churches mark 10th anniversary of historic ecumenical covenant in south-east Queensland

CATHOLIC leaders in south-east Queensland have celebrated a decade-long reaffirmation of a “covenant of understanding” with the local Anglican church – part of an ecumenical journey described as “urgent”. “We are in new territory where everything, even the ecumenical journey, looks different than it did,” Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said during a homily at St John’s Anglican ... Read More »

Australian Catholic religious and laity populate Australia Day honours list

DOZENS of Catholics received Australia Day awards last week for outstanding contributions to their fields of excellence. The awards honour Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service. Among the many recognised for their dedication to community were Catholic teachers, priests, women religious, health care workers and social service workers. Bishop Emeritus Eugene Hurley, who led the ... Read More »

Crisis talks tell Vatican officials about state of the Church in Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a sobering assessment of the Catholic Church in Australia, “shaken to the core” by the sexual abuse scandal and now facing its “biggest crisis”. Archbishop Coleridge and fellow Australian Church leaders have just returned from Rome where they held summit talks with senior Church officials over how to address the fallout of the clerical ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge elected as chair for historic plenary council planning the future of the Church in Australia

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has been elected to chair a special bishops’ commission to plan and run an historic plenary council of the entire Church in Australia. It is to be held in 2020, only the fifth time in Australia’s history, and 79 years after the previous plenary council meeting. Archbishop Coleridge was elected during the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference meeting ... Read More »

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