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  • Part One: Hildegard of Bingen

    Part One: Hildegard of Bingen shows Philippa “the liberating power of Christianity for women” She forcefully corrected the Emperor, prolifically composed celebrated music and founded scientific natural history in Germany. How can this shining light and Saint from the ‘dark ages’ be so little known and appreciated by Roman Catholics?...
  • L’Osservatore Romano subscription a ‘sign of devotion to the Holy Father’

    It takes three weeks to arrive and costs $250 per annum but that does not dissuade the 100-plus Australian subscribers to the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. L’Osservatore Romano has covered all major activities of the papacy since it began publishing in 1861, including Papal visits to Australia of...
  • Facebook admits to blocking Catholic content

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from lawmakers about his company’s censorship of Catholic content during his two-day congressional hearing following the revelation that millions of Facebook users’ personal data had been compromised. Zuckerberg apologized and said that the company “made a mistake” in blocking a Catholic theology degree...
  • 32nd Anniversary of the Diocese of Parramatta

    2018 marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Diocese of Parramatta. On 8 April in 1986 Pope St John Paul II erected the Diocese of Parramatta and on 19 May in the same year, Bishop Bede Heather took possession of St Patrick’s Church in Parramatta which was elevated to a...
  • Sydney officially the most Catholic Australian city

    Sydney is officially the most Catholic city in the country with the largest percentage of people identifying as Roman Catholic. Latest figures reveal that of the 650 Sydney suburbs, Bossley Park is Australia’s most Christian and Catholic, with 7,288 Catholics accounting for a whopping 49.9 per cent of residents...
  • Inter-religious Dialogue: An Imperative for Peace

    Shortly after his election, Pope Francis, like the saint whose name he took, identified inter-religious dialogue as “a necessary condition for world peace,” noting that “Only through dialogue will we be able to eliminate intolerance and discrimination.” The pope called on Catholics to “not cease praying for it or...
  • Catholics are Discovering Prayer with new resource

    The Catholic Enquiry Centre has launched a new prayer resource that can help people escape the busyness of their daily lives and find space to encounter God. Discovering Prayer was developed as a complementary resource to other Catholic Enquiry Centre materials that serve as an introduction to the Catholic...
  • Australia Day (Catholic) Honours List

    The ACBC has kindly provided a “Catholic” list of those who have received Australia Day honours. It includes people honoured specifically for efforts related to the Catholic Church as well as those who have connections with the Church but were honoured for other reasons or many reasons. Congratulations to Gregy...
  • Sr Catherine’s Reflection – Peace and Stillness

    Magnificent clouds of jacaranda are breaking in to the rush of pavement walkers as they pause, looking up in silent wonder at the breathtaking blue-purple haze above.  Then, momentarily refreshed by these wondrous pools of quiet in their busy day, they hurry on. Already shopping malls are abuzz with...
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