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01 November 2017


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Young but mighty: One student helps thousands of homeless

01 November 2017 | 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.


Slavery’s continued impact

01 November 2017 | Kate Mani

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


The heart speaks to the heart 

01 November 2017 | Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

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.


Escaping the poverty trap

01 November 2017 | Jemimah McMurray

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. 

 


A life confined

01 November 2017 | Fr Peter Carrucan

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.


Giving new life to Catholicism

01 November 2017 | Ashleigh Green

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.


Connecting teachers and students

01 November 2017 | 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.


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

01 November 2017 | Geraldine Vytilingam

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


The Twelve Days of Christmas Creation Challenge

01 November 2017 | Jaqui Remond

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

01 November 2017 | Michael McVeigh

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. 


Lina’s Project offers the Church a chance to atone

01 November 2017 | Joanne Isaac

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


Freedom of religion: What is all the fuss about?

01 November 2017 | Fr Justin Glyn SJ

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? 


Explorations: A journey into freedom

01 November 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

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? 


A letter to a Year 8 student

01 November 2017 | Michael McGirr

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

01 November 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.


A freedom grounded in God

01 November 2017 | Rob Morris SJ

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.


Saints for all seasons: St Simeon Stylites the Elder

01 November 2017 | Peter Fleming

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


Unguarded moments: A Christmas audit

01 November 2017 | Ann Rennie

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.


The best ‘escape’ movies

01 November 2017 | Nieve Walton and Francesca Tomasiello

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.


Recipe: Santa ice cream cones

01 November 2017 | Brendon D’Souza

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. 


Quiz: Catholic saints who went to prison

01 November 2017 |

How well do you know your Catholic history? 


Online exclusive: A taste of a world without boundaries

29 November 2017 | Brenna Dempsey

How is it that we can be a different person when we go on holidays? One of our young writers, Brenna Dempsey, reflects on her overseas adventure in June this year, and pines for those days again. 


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