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    Small seeds lead to big changes

    Ecology is an important area of concern for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis last year released an encyclical letter on the environment in which he wrote, ‘The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.’
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Magazine Features

The kujika from Yanyuwa

Dinelle Hettiarachchi | 18 Aug 2016

Malarndirri McCarthy is an award winning journalist who was elected to the senate in July this year. She was kind enough to take spend some time on the line with us during our internship week in May, and we had some questions for her about her career and her Indigenous heritage.

The land beyond the horizon

Superanse Nduwarugira | 18 Aug 2016

Jefry, a refugee from West Papua, made a dangerous crossing to Australia when he was just 16 years old. Now settled in Australia, he is studying a Masters in Engineering and volunteering at a Fitzroy mission house. He now shares his story in schools, to give an insight into the lives of refugees in Australia. Our young editors interviewed him during their week at Australian Catholics.


Battling the Grudge

Isobel Kuo | 18 Aug 2016

In order for our brave protagonist to defeat the looming beast, the player must be courageous and open up a conversation with the person on the other side of the conflict. As long as both parties are open and generous, this conversation can enable them to express how the other person’s actions have made them feel. In the best possible case, the argument will then dissolve as both people come to understand the other person’s point of view better.

Small seeds lead to big changes

 | 18 Aug 2016

Ecology is an important area of concern for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis last year released an encyclical letter on the environment in which he wrote, ‘The earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.’ 

Taking mercy to the streets

Caine Wilkins | 18 Aug 2016

Proclaim Lismore works to support young people as they navigate their way into adulthood, building relationships with their family, their peers and with God. This year, Proclaim is focusing its activities in the Year of Mercy, with events focused around the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Students take charge of faith education

Clare Deignan | 18 Aug 2016

15 years ago the Diocese of Parramatta needed more Special Religious Educators to meet the needs of their growing community. They found eager volunteers that primary school students could identify with, as well as an opportunity to create an enduring relationship between Catholic and State schools. Australian Catholics spoke to Cecilia Zammit, Director for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the Diocese of Parramatta and some student volunteers about the Student Scripture Teacher Program.

Opening the doors of mercy

Jenny Krikis | 18 Aug 2016

In this Year of Mercy, a particular emphasis is being placed on the opening of the Mercy Doors in cathedrals and churches around the globe. As Australians, there are many doors of mercy that we should strive to open in our country, doors to aiding some of our society’s most vulnerable people.

Made for great things

Anna Watt | 18 Aug 2016

Speaking to young people at World Youth Day in July, Pope Francis asked, ‘Are you looking for empty thrills in life, or do you want to feel a power that can give you a lasting sense of life and fulfilment?’

Online exclusive: Teaching boys to respect girls

Peter Hosking SJ | 28 Aug 2016

Hopefully students and families around the country are discussing the media reports about the online behaviours of adolescents, especially those that disrespect girls.

What can one person do?

Chelsea Hard | 18 Aug 2016

One person can change the way you see yourself, one action can change the way you see the world.

More Stories

The right medicine

Chelsea Hard | 18 Aug 2016

We often hear stories about celebrities visiting sick children, but how does it feel to be on the receiving end of one of those visits? We interview a young girl who was visited by Australian musician Taylor Henderson.

Online exclusive: R U OK? Day

Fr Peter Hosking SJ | 18 Aug 2016

Thursday 8 September is R U OK? Day. The occasion reminds us that checking in with friends and family is one of the most important things we can do to help a person who may be dealing with mental health issues. If something does not seem quite right, or we have noticed changes in behaviour, taking the time to reach out and ask the right questions can make a difference.

Young Journalist Award Winners

 | 18 Aug 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 young journalist award, brought to you by Australian Catholic University.

Regular features

Editorial: Small mercies, big results

Dinelle Hettiarachchi | 18 Aug 2016

What happens when six young people are handed the reigns of Australian Catholics magazine?

Top secret mission of mercy

Dinelle Hettiarachchi | 18 Aug 2016

The following report from Mercy Agent 004 (Codename: Dinelle) is Classified. If you’re not a Secret Mercy Agent you should definitely not be reading it.

Young Journalist Award Winners

 | 18 Aug 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 young journalist award, brought to you by Australian Catholic University.

YJA 2016 Intermediate Section Winner: Joy by name, joy by nature

Jessica Pendal | 18 Aug 2016

In this Year of Mercy, we are called to show mercy and compassion for those in our community who are struggling. Sixty-year-old Joy Barratt has done this, sometimes subconsciously, for over 30 years.

YJA 2016 Intermediate Runner-Up: My primary inspiration

Yelena Walton | 18 Aug 2016

If you are lucky to meet Pat Sourivong, a primary school teacher in Tarneit, you will immediately feel at ease with her fun, and caring personality.

YJA 2016 Junior Winner: My name is Sim

Lucy O’Brien | 18 Aug 2016

I met Sim on the outer farms of Siem Reap, Cambodia after travelling in a Tuk Tuk across the dusty roads of farm land.

YJA 2016 Junior Runner-Up: Horror on the mountain

Tom Kitson | 18 Aug 2016

It was Wednesday 26 September 1990 and the headline in the Gold Coast Bulletin read ‘Horror On The Mountain’.

YJA 2016 Junior Honourable Mention: Feeding the World – Dr Beth Woods

Claire Grundy | 18 Aug 2016

By 2050 it is estimated that the world’s population will be 9 billion people. In order to feed the world’s growing population, farmers will need to produce more food in the next fifty years than they have in the last ten thousand years combined. How will we feed 9 billion people? People like my Aunt, the inspirational Dr Beth Woods are working hard on finding the answers. Could fish and rice hold the key?

YJA 2016 Junior Honourable Mention: The Golden Voice with the Golden Heart

Ben Jansseen | 18 Aug 2016

It’s a cold Thursday night and I’m anxiously waiting for the phone to ring. My Dad had contacted 3AW to ask if I could interview Phillip Brady.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t available but his producer said that he might call back. A short time later the phone rang and greeting me was a friendly and calm voice. “Hi Ben, it’s Phillip Brady. How are you today buddy?”  “Hello Mr Brady,” I replied, “can I interview you for my article?” “Go ahead Ben, you can call me Phillip if you prefer.”

YJA 2016 Intermediate Honourable Mention: An Angel of Mercy

Chelsea Luders | 18 Aug 2016

It has been said many times that “Everything happens for a reason” but after watching my brother, Mitchell, die from cancer when he was only 13, it’s just about impossible to find any reason for that. I do believe that you don’t meet special people by accident. The right people come into your life at exactly the time you need them to be. One of those special people that I have been lucky to meet is a children’s doctor who is always doing everything for her patients and has a supercool name. She is a wonderful person and inspires me in many ways. So, I’d like to tell you about Dr Sara Bluefeather.

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