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Asking God's blessing

19 Aug 2015 | Angelique Milevski

Do different faiths have different ideas about what it is to pray to God for a blessing? We asked an Orthodox priest and a Jewish rabbi.


AC classroom: A waste of life

19 Aug 2015 |

Australians from all walks of life joined the campaign to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, sentenced to death in Indonesia. The campaign was unsuccessful, but their stories highlighted the complex issues around the death penalty, and the wastefulness of life that it represents.


Investing during lean times

26 May 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Proposed changes to the federal government’s welfare system have been the subject of much debate over the last 12 months. We speak to Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Marcelle Mogg about what a fair social welfare system might look like. 


Explorations: Fairness and love

26 May 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Fairness begins with a concern for our own needs and desires, and extends to being aware of the needs and desires of others and the needs of our society as a whole. But is there more to healthy community life than fairness?  


AC Classroom: Advance Australia fair

26 May 2015 | Neve Mahoney

If you were prime minister for a day, how would you make Australia a fairer place? 


Catholics facing questions on family

22 Mar 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Discussions on the family are happening right across the Church this year. Australian Catholics editor Michael McVeigh provides a guide to the Synods of Bishops on the Family. 


Explorations: Keeping faith real

22 Mar 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

When we think of faith we often imagine people praying alone, thinking religious thoughts, and believing religious things. We imagine faith being in the mind and heart, not in doing things. Yet faith is as much about what we do as what we believe. The sacraments help keep our faith grounded in community and in action. 


Persecuted belief

29 Jan 2015 | Michael McVeigh

A new report from Aid to the Church in Need says religious persecution is on the rise globally, with Christian and other minority religious communities facing increasing risks in practising their faith in many parts of the world.


Channelling God’s peace

29 Jan 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Australian Catholics takes a look behind another popular prayer in the Catholic tradition – the Peace Prayer of St Francis.


The changing tides of the Great War

29 Jan 2015 | Val Noone

While Catholic leaders joined their Christian brethren in supporting World War I at its outbreak, attitudes at home and abroad changed as the conflict took its deathly toll. As we prepare to mark the anniversary of this devastating conflict, historian Val Noone looks back at the experiences of Australians at the time.


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