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    Entries open for the 2021 Young Voices Awards

    Jesuit Communications Australia (Jescom) has launched the Young Voices Awards, offering students around Australia the chance to advocate on issues of importance to them.
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    Australian Catholics magazine launches national internship program

    Australian Catholics has launched its media internship program for 2021, giving year 10 and 11 students across the country an exciting introduction to a career in the media.
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    Catholic Teacher: Faith formation resources for Term One 2021

    Michael McVeigh |  The coronavirus has reset the world with the 'time before' and the 'time after' . . . But it is the 'time between' that can offer the most growth, and something we as Catholics know well – the time between the despair of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection. Mostly, taken fromAustralian Catholics’ Autumn 2021 edition, Catholic Teacher articles examine various 'times of waiting'.
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Magazine Features

Breaking open the Church for women

Deb Kent | 16 Feb 2021

Phyliss Zagano has been a member of a commission set up by Pope Francis to study women’s deacons, and has published numerous works on the issue. In this interview, Deb Kent asks her about her work, and why the Church struggles to see women as made in the image of Christ.

Entries open for the 2021 Young Voices Awards

 | 02 Mar 2021

Jesuit Communications Australia (Jescom) has launched the Young Voices Awards, offering students around Australia the chance to advocate on issues of importance to them.

Seeing beyond the walls

Hannah Kennelly | 17 Feb 2021

Anchored in compassion and mercy, prison chaplains provide essential pastoral care to incarcerated men, women and children.

Celebrating 200 years of Catholic education

 | 16 Feb 2021

In 2021, Catholic education celebrates its 200th anniversary in Australia. Today there are 1751 Catholic schools educating 768,000 students and employing 98,000 staff.

Where every person finds a welcome

Thea Kurniawan | 16 Feb 2021

One of our young writers interviews Damian Walsh, the Director of The Shopfront in Perth.

Finding shelter in poetry

Catherine Marshall | 10 Feb 2021

Sydney-based poet David Marsh talks about life on the street, his struggles with mental illness, and how he found a way to share those experiences to help others.


Angelo Campagna | 17 Feb 2021

In the language of the Hebrew people, there’s a word for waiting that doesn’t mean passively doing nothing, but instead captures what it means to hope and prepare for something new.

A song yet to be heard – Dreaming of a reconciled Australia

Sherry Balcombe | 16 Feb 2021

The wait for Reconciliation continues for First Nations peoples.

A life of waiting

Fr David Holdcroft SJ | 16 Feb 2021

Millions of people around the world live in refugee camps. They are victims of war and persecution, unable to return to their homes, but also unable to start new lives until they find acceptance elsewhere. 

A sacred vigil

Caitlin Humphrys | 16 Feb 2021

When we experience trauma in our lives we desire to be healed. We want the resurrection. But what of Holy Saturday? I have come to know the vigil at Christ’s tomb before the resurrection as a sacred space of healing, safety, and intimacy with God. That time of waiting and seeking makes the resurrection triumphant.

CONTENT WARNING: This article explores experiences of abuse

More Stories

Anticipating the Plenary Council

Michael McVeigh | 17 Feb 2021

There’s great anticipation in the Catholic Church around the upcoming Plenary Council. Just what might we hope for from the gathering, after a long and involved consultation process?

Four warning signs that you’re becoming an adult

Sinead Goodfellow | 17 Feb 2021

Worried your youth is running away from you? One of our young writers shares some of the danger signs.

The audition

Molly Brabham | 17 Feb 2021

One of our young writers shares a rite of passage experience – waiting to be cast into a role.

Rites of passage for young people today

Dana Sutherland | 17 Feb 2021

A young writer talks about four things that marked the transition from child to 'grown up'.

Holding on to hope

Ann Maria Sabu | 16 Feb 2021

One of our young writers community members shares her experiences visiting asylum seekers in detention.

Life after a vaccine

Tatiana Kurniawan | 03 Feb 2021

As we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, and anticipate life afterwards, what are the things we want to hold on to?

Regular features

Around the church – autumn 2021

 | 17 Feb 2021

This issues's parish focus looks at questions around Victoria's Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill, recognition for women's role in the church, and new safeguarding body launched.

Around the schools

 | 17 Feb 2021

Information for supporting children's education, tips for students learning at home and Marist Schools across Australia have a special focus for 2021: 'Breathe: the spirit of life'.

Gaming the Gospels: The spirit is willing

 | 17 Feb 2021

This game is based around the story of Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26: 36 – 46).

Explorations: Social justice and the margins

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | 17 Feb 2021

Catholic Social Teaching is an important part of a faith that does justice. In this Explorations, we explore what it means to have a concern for those at the margins.

What to expect

Kate Moriarty | 17 Feb 2021

No manual can prepare you for everything involved in becoming a parent.

Playlist: The waiting place

Elise Ho | 17 Feb 2021

Exploring loss and hope in poem, prose and web comic.


Sophie Thompson | 17 Feb 2021

Take part in the Autumn 2021 quiz on Bible stories about waiting.

A letter to an aged care worker

Michael McGirr | 17 Feb 2021

Dear Nasra, This is one of those ‘you don’t know me but’ letters. I apologise in advance.


 | 16 Feb 2021

A round-up of interesting news items, including the launch of a podcast for students by students at Catholic Regional College, St Albans in Melbourne; Australia urged to sign nuclear treaty and an earthquake relief response.

Crossing the threshold

Ann Rennie | 16 Feb 2021

Exploring the space between Before and After.

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