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Synod's Focus on Family and Life
23 Dec 2014 11:15 am

Synod’s Focus on Family and Life

Ron and Mavis Pirola, the Sydney-based Chair-couple, Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC), were one of 13 Australian couples who attended the recent III Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops from 5 - 19 October 2014, in Rome. The theme of the Synod was "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation". The ACMFC is a Council ... more



Australian Bishops Delegation to Lebanon and Iraq

On 14 December 2014, a delegation of Australian Bishops from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference as well as the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the Middle Eastern Apostolic Churches in Australia and New Zealand departed to the Middle East to be with displaced Christians in Erbil, Iraq and refugees in Lebanon, offering spiritual support and humanitarian aid in this Christmas season. ... more



Mass for Victims of Siege at Martin Place

Homily by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. We are not used to hearing words like 'siege', 'terrorist', 'hostages' and 'security forces' associated with our city. Yet for the past day and night we were subjected to pictures and sounds we tend to associate with alien lands. In a café only two blocks away from St Mary's Cathedral, only ... more



Global Climate Agreement
19 Dec 2014 11:03 am

Global Climate Agreement

Pope Francis and bishops from around the world have called for a binding global climate agreement, written by Katie McSweeney, CatholicEarthcare Australia. As United Nations leaders gathered at the COP20 climate summit in Peru last week, Pope Francis and Catholic Bishops from around the world called for a global climate treaty and an end to the use of fossil fuels. "We can ... more



Disability and Euthanasia
19 Dec 2014 10:35 am

Disability and Euthanasia

Written by Debra Vermeer. With a euthanasia bill tabled in the Federal Parliament, arguments on all sides of the debate are gathering steam, but there is one group of people who say they have more to fear than most from euthanasia legislation - those who are living with disability and battling a daily presumption from society that their lives are not worth ... more



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