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    The value of diversity

    Madeleine Hamilton |  The mood was subdued at the gates of our small Catholic primary school one afternoon in June this year. Ten per cent of our school’s students have an autism diagnosis, and for their parents who had read Pauline Hanson’s comments to the Senate that day, those familiar feelings — dismay at the ignorance and lack of empathy of some people, worry for the future, and defiant pride in their diverse children — had been activated yet again.
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    YJA 2017 Junior Section Winner: New Beginning 

    Sarah Sona |  My story started in Iraq, in a little village called Qaraqosh where I was born in 2004. Life was peaceful.
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Magazine Features

Sowing seeds in a welcoming land

Francesca Tomasiello | 10 Aug 2017

Our team of young editors was given the opportunity to speak with refugee poet Abe Nouk during their week at Australian Catholics magazine. Francesca Tomasiello writes about the experience.


The struggles of teens

Michele Gierck | 10 Aug 2017

In Being 14, author Madonna King explores what it’s like to be a teenage girl in today’s world.


A connection beyond words 

Max Cumming | 10 Aug 2017

Music can be a way to discover yourself, connect with others, and feel part of a community. What is it about music that brings people together? 

 


Alfred Smith – Faith and politics

Peter Fleming | 10 Aug 2017

Peter Fleming looks at a politician who managed to make his faith come to life through his work. 


The value of diversity

Madeleine Hamilton | 14 Aug 2017

The mood was subdued at the gates of our small Catholic primary school one afternoon in June this year. Ten per cent of our school’s students have an autism diagnosis, and for their parents who had read Pauline Hanson’s comments to the Senate that day, those familiar feelings — dismay at the ignorance and lack of empathy of some people, worry for the future, and defiant pride in their diverse children — had been activated yet again.


My perfect island

Morgan Triskelidis | 10 Aug 2017

Sometimes it can feel like there are two versions of ourselves – one we create on social media, and one we live with in real life. But how can we create real connections with other people if we really don’t know the person we’re connecting with?


My family’s story

Morgan Triskelidis | 17 Aug 2017

Our own stories can connect us to the wider world in surprising ways. 


Walking with others

Emma Bayliss | 17 Aug 2017

Some words of wisdom to carry with you, to remind you that we’re not alone in our journey. 


Becoming a church for mission

Frank Brennan SJ | 10 Aug 2017

What will the Church look like in 2030? Fr Frank Brennan looks at the leadership of Pope Francis, and where the Church might be heading into the future. 


What is there to lose?

Francesca Tomasiello | 10 Aug 2017

There is this idea that going to church every Sunday is no longer practical for young people. But my recent experience at my friend’s church showed me something I didn’t expect. 


More Stories

Q and A: Ignite Youth

 | 14 Aug 2017

Katelyn Swinsburg is dance coordinator for Ignite Conference in September. We asked her how being involved in Ignite Youth has changed her life.


Celebrities who brought communities together

Morgan Triskelidis | 10 Aug 2017

Celebrity culture’s not always ideal, but sometimes I’ve found myself drawn into causes after they’ve been highlighted by someone famous.


The parish of the highway

Beth Doherty | 10 Aug 2017

For the last two years, a large motor home has become a beacon of hope for the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, as the mobile base of Fr Richard Shortall SJ. 


My perfect island

Morgan Triskelidis | 10 Aug 2017

Sometimes it can feel like there are two versions of ourselves – one we create on social media, and one we live with in real life. But how can we create real connections with other people if we really don’t know the person we’re connecting with?


A welcoming island

Clare Deignan | 10 Aug 2017

Schools across Australia joined together in June to make a stand for refugees. From 9–23 June, Catholic schools across Australia participated in the National Week of Prayer and Action in solidarity with asylum seekers, reminding those in detention that they are not forgotten and that Australians do care.


Sports and community

 | 10 Aug 2017

In what ways do sports help build community? Steve Boscacci looks at some examples from his favourite sports. 


Walking with God in nature

Peter Saunders | 10 Aug 2017

As Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, ‘the world is charged with the grandeur of God’. But we sometimes need to get out of the city to really feel it.


Regular features

Quiz: What’s my role?

Steven Boscacci | 17 Aug 2017

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Whether it’s in sports, or academic or scientific pursuits, a great team has a role for people of all mindsets. Have a go at this quiz and see what role might best suit you.


Home truths: Beyond help

Kate Moriarty | 10 Aug 2017

I’ve got this. Don’t worry. I’ve totally got this. I’ll brave anything this day throws at me. Just so long as I don’t have to ask anyone for help.


Unguarded moments: In the shelter of each other

Ann Rennie | 10 Aug 2017

Social justice aims to pull down the walls of them and us because this is not who we are as a human family. We are all in this together. 


2017 Young Journalist Award 

 | 10 Aug 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Young Journalist Award! 


YJA 2017 Junior Section Runner-Up: Sr Mary, friend to all 

Hannah Dowling | 10 Aug 2017

Sister Mary mightn’t be famous, or a person you’re hanging for an autograph from, but she might be one of the most amazing people you will ever meet. 


YJA 2017 Junior Section Winner: New Beginning 

Sarah Sona | 10 Aug 2017

My story started in Iraq, in a little village called Qaraqosh where I was born in 2004. Life was peaceful. 


YJA 2017 Intermediate Section Runner-Up: A man who practices what he preaches

Shaun Saldana  | 10 Aug 2017

On Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing North, is a beautiful church called St James the Apostle. Depending on the time, in this church, you can meet the most just, compassionate person I have met in my 12 years of life (besides my parents of course). 


YJA 2017 Intermediate Section Winner: A light for a nation 

Noelle Ramirez | 10 Aug 2017

Picture this: Seeing a beautiful, bright, red-orange glow, only to find it disappear from your very eyes, leaving you in complete and utter darkness. Now, imagine every night of your life, with only a dim flicker of a dangerous kerosene lamp lighting your way. 


Saints for all seasons: St Katharine Drexel

Peter Fleming | 10 Aug 2017

A life of privilege beckoned, but it wasn’t what this wealthy heiress desired.


Strawberry Breakfast Trifle

 | 05 Aug 2017

Celebrity culture’s not always ideal, but sometimes I’ve found myself drawn into causes after they’ve been highlighted by someone famous. 


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