Catholic Church launches education campaign on threat of euthanasia

Real Care Love and Compassion pamphlet cover

“Real care, love and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia”  pamphlet cover

Catholics across Australia are being urged to learn more about the nature of euthanasia and the dangers it poses to society, with the launch of a new pamphlet exploring the truth and the myths of this life and death debate.

A pamphlet, called Real care, love and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia, has been released today by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

The Bishops are responding to a fact sheet released by the National Church Life Survey late last year, which found 22 per cent of church-going Catholics are neutral or unsure what they think about euthanasia.

“The Real care, love and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia pamphlet will help inform people about the dangers of legalised euthanasia”, said Bishop Peter Comensoli, the Bishops’ delegate for addressing euthanasia. “This will help people to appreciate why practices of respect and care are always the better option for the dying.” Continue reading

Church communicator to speak at congress

Archbishop Celli

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli is an excellent communicator.

In perhaps the most intensive time for social media ever, Archbishop Celli has overseen the PCCS, and been instrumental in Pope Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis entering Twittersphere and YouTube.

Archbishop Celli will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress, an event held once every three years in Sydney, Australia.

Under the auspices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Communications Congress will bring together people working across the Catholic Church in Australia at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney from 4-6 May. Continue reading

Head of Pontifical Council to speak at Communications Congress

Archbishop Celli

President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS) Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli will be the keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress, to be held from 4-6 May at the Rydges Hotel in Sydney.

Early-bird registration for the communications congress ends at midnight tonight, so those seeking the cheaper rate of $335 are encouraged to register this afternoon.

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Easter message

Archbishop Hart

Archbishop Hart

Dear Friends,

In these days we remember how Jesus, our God, lived like one of us and died. Now comes the startling and remarkable news that he is risen from the dead.

Easter is the triumph of life over death, of good over evil, of hope over despair. It underlines for us that each person has special gifts and qualities, which Jesus came to redeem so that we could achieve our full destiny.

The hope that Easter brings is a challenge to each of us to see what contribution we can make to family and society and how reflection on the ultimate purpose of human existence is important. Our human life is a body and spirit; though the body may grow sick and die, the human spirit is imperishable and is destined for greatness and for eternal life. Continue reading

#Lovemakesaway at Catholic Communications Congress in May

Brigidine Sister and refugee advocate Sister Jane Keogh CSB will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress, an event held once every three years.

The theme of the Congress is: What is our voice? ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Mt 12:34). It will be held from the 4 – 6 May at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney.

Early-bird registration is open until 2 April at whatisourvoice.org.au.

Organised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the Congress brings together professionals working in the media, education, communications, health, welfare, justice, and other church-based fields. Continue reading

“Our work is to pray, so we pray for the world”

Abbey Church window at Jamberoo

When visitors enter the Jamberoo Abbey church, the first thing to strike them is the stunning backdrop of full length glass windows behind the altar and tabernacle, bringing the beauty of God’s creation right into the heart of the church and allowing all who worship there to turn their prayer outward, for the world.

The impact of the windows is no accident, according to the Abbey’s guest mistress, Sr Therese, but is an integral part of the church’s original design.

“We are Benedictines and our work is to pray, so we pray for the world,” she says.

“The glass windows are a symbol of our prayer going out to the world and of the world coming to us, so we’re very connected with everything that’s going on out there. I try to assure our guests that even when they go home they can know that we are here praying for them and then I ask them to pray for us.”

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Journey to the City of Mercy

On Palm Sunday, a newly designed ‘hub’ of online information and resources was launched for pilgrims and organisers in preparation for World Youth Day 2016.

With 16 months to go, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Office for Youth, launched a new look World Youth Day (WYD) website for potential pilgrims and Pilgrimage Coordinators.

The site will become the Australian central repository of information and resources in preparation for the international gathering in Krakow, Poland next year. Various webpages include practical information about the event, suggested prayers, videos and photos from previous WYD’s and areas to register your interest. Continue reading

I Was in Prison: A Window into Prison Ministry

A dedicated group of prison chaplains and volunteers carry out vital work inside the walls and fences of Australia’s prisons, as well as helping inmates after they serve their sentences.

Their selfless efforts are often unrecognised. This paper goes behind the prison walls to redress this shortfall in understanding, with a comprehensive review of prison ministry based on interviews with chaplains and volunteers, prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. Catholic Prison Ministry gives prisoners back some of the dignity they lose when they enter prison and offers them hope and an opportunity for personal reflection accompanied by emotional, spiritual and Sacramental support. Continue reading

Making way for love

Sr Jane Keogh

It’s an unusual religious community.

Slightly north of Canberra city is the house. It’s not a convent nor is it an apartment block. To most it would look like an ordinary home.

Yet, it’s an interreligious community, and much has happened within its walls.

Asylum seekers have heard the outcome of their cases there. They have learned of their imminent deportation to danger. Others have suffered mental illness as a result of traumatic journeys by sea and having fled persecution.

Hazaras from Afghanistan, Iranians and Sri Lankans have sat around the table, brought together by the well-spoken, passionate, feisty and welcoming Sister Jane Keogh.

Sister Jane will be one of the keynote speakers at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress beginning 4 May 2015 at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney. She will open up the Congress with a presentation on the theme: “What is our voice?” Continue reading

Tax as much a moral as a financial issue

Published in The Canberra Times

27 March 2015 

The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, will release a discussion paper on Monday on our future tax system, starting a national conversation on how the government can best collect revenue.

Tax reform has an impact on the daily life of all Australians, which is why it is so important for governments to get it right. Deciding what is right is a moral issue. It involves identifying the relevant values, and finding technical solutions to achieve those values. The social teaching of the Catholic Church does not propose technical solutions to taxation regimes but it does have something worthwhile to say about values.

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