INcounter is the name the Australian Catholic Youth Festival has given to its expo. INcounter aims to provide an interactive space for participants to encounter the breadth of the Catholic Church of Australia in new and unexpected ways. INcounter will be a hive of activity which young people will return to again and again, from stalls to music and activities. It will be the place to be.
At this time in history there is much discussion about the meaning of marriage. Some suggest that it is unjustly discriminatory not to allow people with same-sex attraction to marry someone of the same sex. Others believe that marriage is an institution uniting a man and a woman. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has released a pastoral letter to engage with this debate, present the Church’s teaching to the faithful, and explain the position of the Catholic faithful to the wider community.
The push to legalise euthanasia in Australia has sparked debate on both sides of the argument. Archbishop Mark Coleridge explains the Church's teaching on euthanasia, and how it does not reflect the dignity of the human person.
We all know the story of Lazarus, who was brought to life from the dead by Jesus. But did you know that Jesus also brings each one of us to life through the Eucharist? Christopher Stefanick reflects on this powerful moment in Scripture in this video.
A new initiative by members of the NSW Order of Malta will begin delivering much-needed community healthcare to the city's poor, sick and homeless from a fully-equipped and staffed mobile van on a twice weekly basis from 15 June this year. The Order of Malta will provide drivers and volunteers for the new service while a partnership with St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst will be responsible for the van's teams of skilled trained nurses and healthcare workers bringing healthcare to those struggling and on the margins.
On Friday 22 May, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke to the ABC's RN Breakfast Radio National program about the Ballarat hearings and the current approach of the Church in Australia to compensation for, and the pastoral care of, survivors of child sexual abuse. Archbishop Fisher spoke of how the victims' stories, the failures of leaders and the betrayal of trust by priests sickens him and brings him to tears.
Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Christina Church - our birthday. To celebrate, watch this video to reflect on some words from Pope Francis on this very special event of grace. Pentecost Sunday this year was celebrated on 24 May 2015.
Since the 16th century Catholics have dedicated each month to a particular devotion. The month of May is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. Why was May chosen for this devotion? Because May is the peak of spring in the Northern hemisphere, and just as the world around us seems filled with new life, it is only right that we the Mother of new life – Jesus, the "Resurrection and the Life".
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP's Catechesis on Mercy at the Archdiocese of Sydney's WYD2016 Launch, 19 May 2015. Event organised by Catholic Youth Services. Recorded by Xt3.com.
Pope Francis has canonised two 19th Century nuns who lived in Ottoman-ruled Palestine, making them the first Palestinian saints in modern times. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy were among four new saints declared in Rome's St Peter's Square.
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