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News & Views

CRA and members of Religious congregations across Australia reflect on current issues in our world and our Church.

2016 Proclaim 150With 120 days to go, Registrations for PROCLAIM 2016, a conference on the New Evangelisation, have now opened with great Early Bird rates available.

thinking on bench150Professor Maria Harris offers her thoughts on the "extra special care" we need to show for each other as we react to sexual abuse that has been heightened by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

charity graphic 150The document, "Political campaigning and advocacy by registered charities: what you need to know" presents charities with new guidelines for how charitable organisations should engage in political advocacy.

Fr Don Grant SVDFr Don Grant svd is to receive an honour from the Government of Papua New Guinea, in recognition of his service to the country, reports In The Word, the e-news of the Divine Word Missionaries' Australian Province.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:08

Join "Give Us A Sign" for peace campaign

give us a sign logoThis campaign for peace is asking everyone to display messages of peace on their public noticeboards throughout the month of May.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:07

The joy of love

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015Since the release of Amoris Laetitia,  there has been praise, questioning and disappointment. As a Church within the world, we encourage open discussion and debate as both healthy and necessary, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Fr Frank Brennan sj2America Magazine has published a wide-ranging interview with human rights advocate Father Frank Brennan sj on the Australian Church in light of the sex abuse scandal and the unprecedented 20 hours of testimony from Cardinal Pell that was televised nationally.

using mercying appAn app that supports action and contemplation of the movement of Mercy in daily life has clocked up 2,000 downloads. It is now being used across the globe for both personal and group reflection including in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Ireland.

SVD in TimorThe Divine Word Missionaries Australia Province and the Timor Leste Region are exploring new possibilities for collaboration in a range of areas, including mission and formation, reports In The Word.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150There is no single dimension of the Resurrection that can provide us with a comprehensive understanding. But symbols assist us as we seek understanding, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

tjhc logo150We are asking governments to do the right thing, stick by their commitments to abuse survivors and get on with the job of delivering a fair and reasonable national redress and we pray for a new way of seeing in this Easter season, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Fr Frank Freeman sdbResurrection comes from the Latin word ‘re-surgere’ meaning a new surge of life, a lifting up once again. This is what resurrecting Christianity is all about; the continual surge of new life into all which is human, writes Salesian Father Frank Freeman.

Sr Gerri sgs ChrisThe Good Samaritan Sisters marked the 30th anniversary of their arrival in the Western Australian outback parish of Mt Magnet in a weekend of celebrations, reports The Good Oil.

Fr Noel Connolly ssc150Recently I watched sections of the Royal Commission’s questioning of Cardinal Pell from Rome. It was a painful event no matter whose point of view you tried to take. But I thought those four days made a couple of powerful points about Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 21:17

Embracing connectedness and inclusion

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015It has become easier for many to cast people into the realm of the "other", rather than seeking to show that there is no "other" and that all of us are "one". Yet we are connected at the very root of our being. writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Josephite 150 anniv logo 150pxCelebrations will be held around Australia to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of St Joseph, also known as the Josephites, by Saint Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods in Penola, South Australia.

marist brothersThe Marist Brothers Province of Australia is helping to restore educational opportunities in Timor Leste, 13 years after the religious order opened a new teacher training college in the country, reports the National Catholic Education Commission newsletter.

Monday, 07 March 2016 11:43

Reflecting on the Year of Mercy

Sr Elizabeth Gilroy lcm 2Recently I read an article about young people discussing why Pope Francis called this year a ‘Year of Mercy’. Why Mercy? Couldn’t he call it the year of Compassion or the year of Kindness to others? Sister Elizabeth Gilroy lcm reflects on these questions.

francis sullivan150The interest, commentary and temperature around the past week surrounding the Royal Commission's marathon hearings with Cardinal Pell has never been greater, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council. What can we do with our anger and the aftermath of this storm?

de la salle grpThe Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools has released a new information booklet which captures the global reach of the Lasallian family in today's world, reports the Lasallian Outlook.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:49

News on Jesuits in Timor-Leste

jesuits timor leste150The Jesuits in Timor-Leste have launched their new website, featuring updates on their community and their work in education, pastoral/spiritual ministry, social services and communications.  

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 10:54

International Women's Day: 8 March 2016

intl womens day 150Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet progress has slowed in many parts of the world and we must continue to take action for gender equality.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:14

Mercy appeal for Cyclone Winston victims

fiji woman2 Cyclone Winston that hit the Fiji Islands on 20 February was one of the deadliest and most destructive cyclones in the country’s history. John Pickering recounts how the cyclone wreaked its terrifying damage and calls on Australians for urgent help in its aftermath.

John L Allen JrThree pillars of Pope Francis’ papacy provide "a Magna Carta for Catholic Social Services", Vatican Reporter John L. Allen Jr. told leaders gathered at the joint Catholic Social Services Australia and Catholic Social Services Victoria, national mission conference.

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:36

Launch of Loreto Ministries Limited

Loreto Ministries LimitedThe Leader of the Loreto Province of Australia & South-East Asia, Sister Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm, is pleased to announce the establishment of its new company, Loreto Ministries Limited, which will ensure sound governance and ongoing sustainability of the Province’s corporate ministries.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 01:09

Bringing mercy into the troubles of the world

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015The crisis of abuse by church personnel reminds us that we are not just a Church of mercy but a church in desperate need of mercy. This can be a year in which we know ourselves as recipients of the great mercy of God, even while we try to be channels of that same mercy to others, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:57

Marist Brothers to be ministers at the margins

marist brothersMarist Brothers of Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society, moving into new areas of ministry outside their traditional school roles.

Sr Margaret Randall rsmTo commence the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis wrote an Apostolic Letter to consecrated women and men. Within the context of this letter, Sr Margaret Randall rsm reflects on questions and comments regarding ageing that were raised at a meeting of Sisters of Mercy in Sydney, exploring topics such as community life, ageism, loss and suffering, residential care, prophetic witness, reminiscence, and spirituality throughout life.

Josephite 150 anniv logo 150pxThe Sisters of St Joseph are celebrating their sesquicentenary this year and will commence their celebrations next month in Penola, the place where St Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods founded the Order on March 19 1866.

iraq sisters scholars150The scholarships provided by the Holy Spirit Sisters and Catholic Religious Australia Queensland (CRAQld) have been acknowledged in the establishment of Iraq’s first Catholic university which opened on 8 December 2015, the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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