Edition: Summer 2017 18 Set The Captives Free

Online exclusive: A taste of a world without boundaries

30 November 2017 TH

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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Escape to Freedom: Refugee Snakes and Ladders

2 November 2017 TH

This activity is a helpful tool for students looking to understand the experiences refugees and asylum seekers go through in escaping their homes and looking for a better life. 

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Slavery’s continued impact

2 November 2017 TH

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

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Giving new life to Catholicism

2 November 2017 TH

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.

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A freedom grounded in God

2 November 2017 TH

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.

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The carriers of hope

2 November 2017 TH

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. 

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Freedom of religion: What is all the fuss about?

2 November 2017 TH

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? 

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Young but mighty: One student helps thousands of homeless

2 November 2017 TH

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.

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Connecting teachers and students

2 November 2017 TH

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.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Creation Challenge

2 November 2017 TH

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. 

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A letter to a Year 8 student

2 November 2017 TH

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.

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

2 November 2017 TH

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

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