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Prayer blog: Practicing piety in Lent

01 Mar 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Even if I'm open about my faith, it's not something I put in front of people all the time. Yet God is very much a part of everything that I am. Ash Wednesday provides an opportunity to set ourselves aside and show people that God is an important part of our lives, and who we are. 


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.


Men of God in their midst

29 Jan 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Father Morgan Batt is a chaplain, commonly known as a padre, with the Australian Defence Force. His ministry has taken him into global hotspots such as East Timor and Iraq, where his role involves being with the men and women soldiers wherever they are – whether it’s in camp or on patrol in hostile environments.


A discerning Church

05 Nov 2014 | Michael McVeigh

 

At the recent synod on the family in Rome, Australian couple Ron and Mavis Pirola highlighted the tensions at work in Catholic families and the broader Church community - upholding the truth of the Church's teaching, while also expressing compassion and mercy amid the messiness of ordinary life.


God's gift to the losers

26 Oct 2014 | Michael McVeigh

What makes hope perhaps God’s greatest gift is that it’s aimed not at winners, but almost exclusively at the losers of the world.


The cost of saying nothing

26 Oct 2014 | Michael McVeigh

Silence has been one of he main causes of the abuse crisis, says Patricia Feenan. Just reaching out and speaking to survivors and their families can make a world of difference.


Sharing the Christmas joy

26 Oct 2014 | Michael McVeigh

Millions of children across Australia will wake up to stockings full of presents on Christmas morning this year. But while Santa might be delivering these presents via the North Pole, how much thought do we put into where the presents are being manufactured in the first place?


Welcome

26 Jul 2014 | Michael McVeigh

Welcome to our special youth edition of Australian Catholics.


Why I am happy to be a godfather

26 Jul 2014 | Michael McVeigh

People who criticise parents who baptise their child into the Catholic faith because of the Church's flaws and misdeeds are missing the point about what it means to be a Catholic.


Editorial: Lessons in truthiness

03 Mar 2014 | Michael McVeigh

US Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert has a theory about Pope Francis. 'He's a vigilante vicar', Colbert said, after hearing reports that the Pope had been going out on the streets dressed as a simple priest to minister to people.


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