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News & Views

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

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.

Pope Francis 150Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious during closing events for the Year of Consecrated Life, reports Catholic News Service (CNS).

ausflag150Religious women and men were among those recognised in this year's Australia Day honours list for their generous service in the fields of education, aged care, health care and Indigenous languages.

mercy sisters fremantleExactly 170 years later, a large number of Mercy Sisters and their friends, remembered the arrival of the first Sisters of Mercy in Australia by retracing their river journey, reports The Record.

Friday, 22 January 2016 11:51

"Spotlight" movie a must-see for Catholics

spotlight posterSpotlight is an occasion for holy, righteous anger and every adult Catholic should see it. The time to look away has gone, writes Fr Richard Leonard sj. Why go and see this film? Because victims of child sexual abuse and their families deserve it.

timor leste seminarian appealCatholic Mission launched its first campaign of the 2016 Year of Mercy, a direct mail appeal with a focus on Timor-Leste, with the campaign highlighting the efforts of promising young seminarians who are answering God’s call to guide the people of Timor-Leste towards true independence.

last cab to darwin posterThe jury of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting has awarded its annual prize to Jeremy Sim’s Last Cab to Darwin, a deeply humane story of love and the dignity of life, writes Fr Leonard Leonard sj.

marist brothers vocation 2To help appreciate and better promote the vocation of religious brothers, the Vatican last month released a 50-page reflection on the importance of their life and mission of evangelization, fraternity and sacrifice, reports the Catholic News Service (CNS).

peace posterPope Francis' message for the 2016 World Day of Peace, marked annually on the 1st of January, emphasised that peace is the fruit of a culture of solidarity, mercy and compassion.

CRA Yr of Mercy logo 150Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) proudly unveils a logo to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy which began on the 8th of December 2015 and will conclude on the 20th of November 2016.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:29

The ultimate Christmas gift

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As the world seems more angry, hatefilled and less tolerant, this Christmas the greatest gift any of us can give is the love of God, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

redemptorists crestOn 26 November, Redemptorists of Australia, New Zealand and Samoa celebrated the establishment of the Province of Oceania, created to refocus the Redemptorist mission in the region.

Monday, 14 December 2015 15:55

A new beginning for Marist Sisters

Marist sisters ausOn December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the inaugural day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Marist Sisters all over the world marked a new period in their history as they became one congregation made up of 13 units. Australian sisters celebrated this new beginning with a ceremony for the Design for Life for the Unit of Australia.

mss 2015 chapterThe recent Missionary Sisters of Service Chapter gathering adopted a new way of governance, where lay people could be elected into the Governing Body and saw the election of three lay members into the new MSS Governing Body, reports the newsletter Highways and Byways.

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