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31 October 2016


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A family that does justice

31 October 2016 | Clare Deignan

Earlier this year we interviewed Tess Corkish, an impassioned young social justice activist working for Catholic Earthcare. When we heard her mother, a parish secretary in Sydney, was arrested protesting at a coal port in Newcastle we decided to get in touch with the family again to see where their spirit of activism comes from. 


A pro-life voice in the public square

31 October 2016 | Clare Deignan

In Australia, the space for pro-life views has been shrinking. Little space is given to abortion in the media, while in states like Victoria and Tasmania, anti-protest laws mean that even prayer vigils outside abortion clinics are now illegal.


Saint John XXIII’s Church Of Mercy

31 October 2016 | Peter Fleming

‘See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.’ Merciful words, unburdening words; wouldn’t we all like to be seen and ‘corrected’ that way? The speaker, Pope Saint John XXIII, was the embodiment of mercy in the Church in the 20th century. 


Interview: 'A family that does justice'

31 October 2016 |

Earlier this year we interviewed Tess Corkish, an impassioned young social justice activist working for Catholic Earthcare. When we heard her mother, a parish secretary in Sydney, was arrested protesting at a coal port in Newcastle we decided to get in touch with the family again to see where their spirit of activism comes from. The following is their full interview with Australian Catholics magazine.


Where every ribbon has a story

31 October 2016 | Michael McVeigh

The Royal Commission has provided an opportunity for thousands of survivors of abuse to have their stories heard. Australians have been shocked and moved by the stories that have emerged of abuse in institutions across the country, including many Catholic schools and parishes. The Loud Fence movement, which started in Ballarat, has provided a way for the community to show solidarity with survivors. 


90 deeds for 90 years

31 October 2016 | Brooke Myler

St Rita’s College in Clayfield, Queensland, decided to do something different to celebrate their anniversary this year. They launched a campaign to encourage students to get involved in the local community with a specific target – to do 90 deeds to celebrate 90 years.


News: From Rome, ‘Care for creation’, our saint for this edition & Australian Catholics Awards

31 October 2016 |

News: From Rome, ‘Care for creation’, our saint for this edition & Australian Catholics Awards 


AC Classroom: Acknowledging our country’s traditional owners

31 October 2016 | Francine Crimmins

Aboriginal people have existed in Australia for over sixty thousand years, making them the oldest surviving people in the world. While this is something we should celebrate, we also must remember the hurt and struggle that many First Nations People continue to face due to the loss of sacred sites and traditional culture. The ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ is one of the ways in which Catholic communities can recognise our relationship with Aboriginal people.


Questions arising from the marriage equality debate

31 October 2016 | Michael McVeigh

Whether it’s via a plebiscite or a parliamentary vote, Australia’s politicians have been discussing this year whether and how the country might legalise same-sex marriage. 


The Church’s divine comedy

31 October 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Conversations about the Catholic Church are of many kinds: happy, sad, curious, tragic. They remind me of different TV shows we watch. 


Unguarded moments: Acts of mercy

31 October 2016 | Ann Rennie

I was happy this year to tick the ‘Catholic’ box on the census to be counted as an Australian for whom faith matters.


Pope Francis and the challenge of being church today 

31 October 2016 | Bishop Vincent Long

We cannot, as a Church, proclaim to be messengers of God’s love while at the same time colluding with the forces of oppression, says Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long. 


Home Truths: Little Drama Boy

31 October 2016 | Kate Moriarty

It was going to be the best Christmas yet. For the first time, we were hosting Christmas. And Harry was old enough for the nativity play.


Downton Abbey’s unmistakeable heart

31 October 2016 | Peter Fleming

There are many things that go into making a hit TV show or movie – but could one of the most secret ingredients be mercy?


A letter to Mother Cabrini

31 October 2016 | Michael McGirr

Dear Mother Cabrini, I am writing to you with an idea for a TV mini series. It is called Saint and the City and will be based around your life. 


From the editor: A Church of the Holy Spirit

31 October 2016 | Michael McVeigh

How can we as Catholics better embody the mercy of God in the way we live out our faith in the world?


Mercy notes: Mercy in the Church

31 October 2016 | Peter Fleming

Doctors are devoted to mercy and St Luke was a member of that profession. No surprise then, that his gospel contains a wonderful sequence of parables of mercy. In Chapter 15 he gives us the stories of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and – most famous of all – the parable of the Prodigal Son.


Mercy prayer: An exercise for Sunday Mass

31 October 2016 |

Becoming a Church of mercy means becoming people of mercy in our parishes. Next Sunday, try the following prayer exercise at your local parish. 


Recipe: Easy Summer Berry Christmas Pudding

31 October 2016 | Brendon D’Souza

Gorgeous summer berries add a splash of colour to this refreshing Summer Christmas dessert. It only requires three ingredients and there’s very little cooking involved so it’s a great way to introduce your little helpers to cooking this Christmas. 


Playlist: A merciful Church

31 October 2016 |

Five movies that can provide an insight into what a merciful Church might look like. 


St Teresa of Calcutta Parish Bulletin: What would a ‘parish of mercy’ look like?

31 October 2016 | WORDS Dinelle Hettiarachchi and Nieve Walton

What would a ‘parish of mercy’ look like? We asked two of our young writers to help us put together a newsletter for the imaginary Australian parish of St Teresa of Calcutta. 


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