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Adelaide to host Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015
Last edited 28th August 2014

The Australian bishops have announced that next year's national Catholic youth festival will be held in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia.

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Vinnies Stores Joins National Op Shop Week Celebrations
Last edited 25th August 2014

From Monday 25 August until Sunday August 31, St Vincent de Paul Society is celebrating National Op Shop Week at its 250 stores across NSW. Now in its third year, National Op Shop Week not only encourages canny shoppers to hunt out bargains and great one-of-a-kind finds at the nation's thrift stores and op shops, but also encourages us to think about donating quality goods we no longer use to help those on the margins.


Keep the Change Giving Money to Child Beggars is the Least Generous Thing a Tourist Can Do.
Last edited 25th August 2014

"I still remember him vividly. He was a little boy, maybe 10 or 11 years old, who navigated the streets of New Delhi by lying, stomach-down, on an old skateboard, and pulling his body along with his arms. He didn’t have any legs. He rolled over to me, looked up into my eyes, and asked for money. Struggling not to cry, I reached into my pocket and handed over the equivalent of $10, less than what I spend on coffee each week. Giving him those $10 might be among the most destructive things I’ve ever done."

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Saints Who Suffered from Depression
Last edited 13th August 2014

With the topic of depression very much in the news this week, it seems a good time to remember that even the holiest of people have suffered from periods of despair, including St. John Vianney, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and St. Dymphna.

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National Missing Persons Week, 3-9 August
Last edited 8th August 2014

This week is National Missing Persons Week in Australia. 35,000 people (or one person every 15 minutes) are reported missing each year. While the overwhelming majority of these are found, there remain around 1600 people in Australia who have been missing for six months or more.

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At AIDS Conference, Catholics Worry About Reduced Funding for Programs
Last edited 22nd July 2014

Catholics gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less funding for the struggle against the deadly virus. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, a special adviser on HIV and AIDS to Caritas Internationalis, said major strides in AIDS treatment have caused many to think it is no longer a fatal disease.


Condemn & Take Action to Stop Exploitative Universal Royalty Child Beauty Pageant from Coming to Australia.
Last edited 21st July 2014

Universal Royalty’s Child Beauty Pageant is coming to Melbourne, Australia, despite clear evidence from experts that the practise is detrimental to the normal and healthy development of children.


Papuans in Australia Celebrate Feast of Bl. Peter To Rot
Last edited 16th July 2014

The Papua New Guinean community in Sydney celebrated recently the feast day of Bl. Peter To Rot, himself a Papuan who was martyred during World War II for his defence of marriage.

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The Six Stages of Seeing a Pope Francis Headline
Last edited 15th July 2014

This blog highlights in a humorous the way Catholics feel when they read a Pope Francis headline where his words are taken out of context by the secular media.


4 Ways We Unfairly Judge Others
Last edited 11th July 2014

We've all been there. You see a friend making decisions you're sure they'll come to regret, or worry that an organization is starting to teeter down the wrong path. And then, in your head, an imaginary little "tut-tut-ing" angel will land on your shoulder and sing those words you've heard all your life.“Judge not, that you be not judged.” –Matthew 7:1


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