As Catholics, we have a great history that includes meat-free Fridays, vegetarian contemplative orders and powerful social justice statements, writes Mercy Sister Elizabeth Young. Isn’t it time to reassess our...
Laudato Si’ continues to inspire
It’s a year since Pope Francis’ ground-breaking encyclical “Laudato Si” was released. Catholic Earthcare Australia’s Tess Corkish outlines the impact of the Pope’s eco-manifesto, particularly here in Australia.
My friend Lee
“It was obviously a big step for Lee to make friends outside of her ethnic circle,” says Asther Bascuna-Creo. “There are some migrants who have been in Australia for many,...
Why I’ll be marching
On the weekend before world leaders gather in Paris for the UN climate summit, millions of people will gather in cities throughout the world and march together for global action...
The cost of nuclear power
In the same week that Japan remembered the horrors of the 1945 nuclear bombings, and only four-and-a-half-years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese Government restarted the country’s nuclear power...
Common threads: Francis’ encyclical and Benedict’s rule
The concerns and values expressed in Pope Francis’ new encyclical “Laudato Si” are also central to the rule of St Benedict, says Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald.
“I never thought this could happen to me”
When I meet someone affected by the lottery of life, how do I look after them? And what is the most caring way to respond to the question, “why did...
Where do you, or will you, push?
Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald echoes the advice of Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister: “To change a policy or practice, join a group that is committed to the same issue. Then,...
In our time how can we place children front and centre of our concern? How can we make them visible, particularly if government and society seem no longer drawn to...
Anti-Muslim sentiment on our own soil
When we take the time to get to know a Muslim person and engage with them face-to-face, the stereotypes and preconceived ideas begin to break down, writes Ashleigh Green.
Having places where you are welcomed and belong
Recent media reports surrounding the circumstances of infant Gammy are heart-rending, writes Moira Byrne Garton.
Good Samaritan Sister, Pam Grey, asks: What does ‘asylum’ mean, if not something of friendship? What is friendship, if not sanctuary for the soul?