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Autumn 2019: Reconciliation

05 February 2019


Q and A with Carolina Gottardo

05 February 2019 |

Jesuit Refugee Service director Carolina Gottardo attended the UN Conference in Marrakech in December where the international community met to adopt the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular Migration (GCM). 

Embarking on the journey to Christ

13 February 2019 | Michael McVeigh

The sacraments are there to help Catholics strengthen our relationship with Jesus. Many may take that for granted, but speak to some students who recently undertook the sacraments for the first time, and you can understand the profound impact they can have on how we live our lives.

A letter to a friend in pain

13 February 2019 | Michael McGirr

Remembering the good times and offering your company (community) to a friend.

A prophet of justice

13 February 2019 | Miranda King

How is social justice different from charity? Let’s take a look at the life of Dom Helder Camara to find out.

Following the path laid out by Laudato Si’

13 February 2019 | Peter Fleming

Holy Family Parish Emerton in Western Sydney is making a journey that is deeply inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. Now they’re inviting others to walk with them.

Scenes from the Mexican border

13 February 2019 | Ann Deslandes

I met Franco standing outside the migrant shelter in Tijuana when I was planning to leave for the day. He clocked my white skin and media lanyard and called out to me in English. I stopped and said hi.

A teen with a mission

13 February 2019 | Tracey Edstein

Sophia Skarparis’ campaign to ban plastic bags began as a school project. It’s since led her to a Royal meeting, and has no signs of letting up.

Exploring ‘the place in the middle’

13 February 2019 | Jo Hart

Students from Catholic and Anglican schools across the country are learning about peace and nonviolence.

A land without checkpoints

13 February 2019 | Michael McVeigh

The suburbs of Melbourne are a long way from the streets of Palestine, but for three student teachers from Bethlehem University a month at an Australian school was an opportunity for both sharing and learning.

Going zero-waste for Lent

05 February 2019 | Alice Foddy

Thinking about what you might do to get closer to God this Lent? Perhaps consider something that will get you closer to creation, too.

A tree of healing

05 February 2019 | Michele Frankeni

Although Red Dust Healing comes from an Aboriginal perspective, it gives all peoples the tools to cope with grief and loss.

Opening up to First Nations peoples

05 February 2019 | Ann Maria Sabu

The Uluru Statement was a landmark moment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, expressing their dreams and desires for acceptance and reconciliation. How can we do our part in supporting those dreams? One of our young writers interviewed Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria Co-ordinator Sherry Balcombe.

Why does God allow drought?

05 February 2019 | Miriam Stewart

If God is really good, and all things are created by God, how is it that evil still exists? One of our young writers grapples with these questions, particularly in the light of the drought facing many farmers in her home community.

Making peace with nature

05 February 2019 | Michele Gierck

Having witnessed environmental degradation and its impact on poor communities first-hand, Finbarr Horgan says it’s up to all of us to do more to protect our environment. The challenge for each of us is to figure out how best to play our part – how to mend our broken relationship and reconcile with creation.

Explaining the issues: The Seal of Confession

13 February 2019 | Fr Justin Glyn

Why is the seal of confession so important for the Church? Canon lawyer Fr Justin Glyn SJ explores some of the questions readers might have about the seal of confession in light of recent debates.

Why do we need Reconciliation?

13 February 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Sacrament of Reconciliation was developed in the Catholic Church as one of a number of ways to strengthen our relationship with God. In this Explorations we look at the history of the sacrament and its place in the life of Catholics today.

When something shatters

13 February 2019 | Kate Moriarty

Family life is the first place we learn about relationships – both how they break and how to mend them.

Saints for all seasons: St Francis of Assisi

12 February 2019 | Peter Fleming

St Francis of Assisi was indeed a brother to all creation.

Small 'r' reconciliation

05 February 2019 | Ann Rennie

Reconciliation begins in the home.

Recipe: Hot Chicken

13 February 2019 | Brendon D'Souza

Travel to almost any country in the world and chances are you will find a recipe for chicken.

Tips from a YJA award winner

30 April 2019 |

Stories for the Australian Catholics Young Journalist Award can be found everywhere. The winner of the 2018 Australian Catholics Junior Section Award, Ryan Murdoch, interviewed his local priest who joined children from The Gap Parish in a soccer match.

The unbelievable thing

13 February 2019 | Tatiana Kurniawan

A little story about forgiveness.

In service of all soles

13 February 2019 | Genevieve Peters

The Washing of the Feet has long been one of our Easter rituals in the Catholic Church. But what’s special about the way it’s been used in recent years by Pope Francis.

How confession can change your life

13 February 2019 | Geraldine Vytilingam

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a pathway to freedom.

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