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    Young but mighty: One student helps thousands of homeless

    Clare Deignan |  A fluffy pillow, a warm blanket, a fresh towel and a toothbrush – these are just a list of everyday items that most of us take for granted. But Year 7 student at Sacred Heart College in Sorrento, WA, Vincent Pettinicchio knows to those sleeping rough, a few simple objects can make all the difference.
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    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.
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Magazine Features

Young but mighty: One student helps thousands of homeless

Clare Deignan | 02 Nov 2017

A fluffy pillow, a warm blanket, a fresh towel and a toothbrush – these are just a list of everyday items that most of us take for granted. But Year 7 student at Sacred Heart College in Sorrento, WA, Vincent Pettinicchio knows to those sleeping rough, a few simple objects can make all the difference.


Slavery’s continued impact

Kate Mani | 02 Nov 2017

Australians are shocked when they discover slavery still exists today even in their home country, says Sr Stancea Vichie MSS.


Escaping the poverty trap

Jemimah McMurray | 02 Nov 2017

Thérèse Nichols is co-founder and director of OnePlate, an Australian charity that partners hospitality industry to alleviate child hunger through sustainable food projects. She is one of the special guest speakers at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival from 7 – 9 December in Sydney. 

 


Giving new life to Catholicism

Ashleigh Green | 02 Nov 2017

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 Twelve Days of Christmas Creation Challenge

Jaqui Remond | 02 Nov 2017

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. 


The carriers of hope

Michael McVeigh | 02 Nov 2017

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. 


Freedom of religion: What is all the fuss about?

Fr Justin Glyn SJ | 02 Nov 2017

Religious freedom often comes up in public debate, most  recently around the issue of allowing same sex couples to marry. Why is it such a hot topic for religious people? 


A freedom grounded in God

Rob Morris SJ | 02 Nov 2017

Today’s society and popular culture bombards us with images of what it is to be free. Common to many of these images is the sense of freedom as autonomy to do what I want to do, even at the exclusion and expense of others. Where does spiritual freedom fit with this view? An answer to these questions can be gleaned from the writings of a sixteenth century saint, Ignatius of Loyola.


More Stories

The heart speaks to the heart 

Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie | 02 Nov 2017

James Kerr is the kind of person who will greet you as though he’s always known you and make you a cup of tea — before you’ve even had a chance to shake his hand. At just 30 years of age, he’s one of Australia’s youngest Catholic priests.


A life confined

Fr Peter Carrucan | 02 Nov 2017

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

Joanne Isaac | 02 Nov 2017

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


Connecting teachers and students

Kate Mani | 02 Nov 2017

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.


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

Geraldine Vytilingam | 02 Nov 2017

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


The best ‘escape’ movies

Nieve Walton and Francesca Tomasiello | 02 Nov 2017

Planning a movie night? Here are some movies that explore the ways we can become trapped in our lives, and how we might escape into freedom.


Regular features

A letter to a Year 8 student

Michael McGirr | 02 Nov 2017

Dear Liam, I am writing to thank you for your contribution to our class this year. Most of the time you sat down the back but I could tell you were listening. Even when you were talking to the person next to you, you were waiting to hear something you could sink your teeth into. You loved biting back.


Home truths: No-screen regime

 | 02 Nov 2017

Until recently, everything that bleeped belonged to us parents and had a password – even the TV! The kids would either earn their Peppa Pig by sorting odd socks and washing windows, or else go do something fun that didn’t involve staring at a screen. It was a good autocracy, while it lasted.


Saints for all seasons: St Simeon Stylites the Elder

Peter Fleming | 02 Nov 2017

A saint who found true freedom by refusing to go anywhere at all.


Unguarded moments: A Christmas audit

Ann Rennie | 02 Nov 2017

As we approach Christmas and the end of the year it is often a time for thinking about the year that has been, good things and obstacles or heartaches we have had to deal with. It is for many a time for a bit of an audit and New Year’s resolutions, which are made and often broken by the time we get back to work.


Quiz: Catholic saints who went to prison

 | 02 Nov 2017

How well do you know your Catholic history? 


Recipe: Santa ice cream cones

Brendon D’Souza | 02 Nov 2017

Amid all the traditional Christmas sweets, puddings and more an Aussie Christmas simply wouldn’t be the same without ice cream. The kids will love decorating their own santa cones with fresh fruit and popcorn and it’s a great way to keep them entertained throughout the festive season. 


Explorations: A journey into freedom

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | 02 Nov 2017

Freedom is a central theme for Christians – from Jesus’ proclamation that he came to free the oppressed, to current debates around the role of religion in our society. Where does our understanding of the term come from, and how does it shape the way we live and engage with people who are different to us? 


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