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News & Views

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

Sr Anne Gardiner olshSister Anne Gardiner olsh AM was among four finalists nominated for the 2017 Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

msc logoThe Australian Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have published their policy on child protection entitled "Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults".

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:58

A right to home and shelter

Sr Carmel Hanson rsj 150In 22 years living with homeless men, women and children, never have I seen such distress, writes Sister Carmel Hanson rsj, urging us to support the Right to Home Petition which calls on the New South Wales Government to deliver more affordable housing.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:59

Celebrating the Jubilee for Prisoners

Year of Mercy 150On Sunday 6th November 2016, the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council (ACPPCC) will celebrate a ‘Jubilee for Prisoners’. Get resources to mark this Jubilee and reaffirm the values of human value and self worth in prayer, reflection and advocacy.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150I was recently part of an experience with an international group of Ursulines in the Asia Pacific region and as I found myself sitting with recently arrived Iraqi refugee families. I was drawn into their stories and two things remained with me, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

francis sullivan150A coalition of medical experts and religious, business and charity leaders call on the Prime Minister to take action on establishing a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse victims.

Monday, 10 October 2016 11:15

Leadership news: October 2016

hands in circleWe at CRA wish our friends well in their new roles as we summarise leadership appointments during this period.

francis sullivan150We need to ask why the child sex abuse scandal occurred in the Church to the extent that it did and why it was handled the way it was, to learn from them and put things right, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (TJHC).

Fr Sean McDonagh sscGet the Australian speaking tour schedule of Columban Father Sean McDonagh on "Bringing Laudato Si’ To Life: From Vision to Action".

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:43

Making a place at the table for all

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150Religious life in Australia is undergoing an ageing process at a greater rate than the general population. We can feel overwhelmed, even discouraged. Or we can also reflect on the gifts that we can bring to our society, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:51

Keep working on love

Sr Patty Fawkner sgsThis year’s Social Justice Statement from Australia’s Catholic Bishops focuses on the value and dignity of older people. In her address at the launch of the Statement, Good Samaritan Sister Patty Fawkner asked: “what do the elderly of our world teach me for the journey of life?”

Thursday, 15 September 2016 22:09

Bouquets to Federal Parliament on budget repair

CRAL logo 150In a media release, Catholic Religious Australia congratulates the parties within the Federal Parliament who collaborated to seek a fairer change in ‘budget repair’ discussion and not cut the energy supplement to welfare recipients.

ACPA dinner 2016 1 150Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) received the Highly Commended award for the "Best Layout and Design-Online Publication" in the recent Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards for Excellence 2016.

Fr Brian McCoy sjA comprehensive strategy to enhance professional standards for the safeguarding of children and young people was announced in a media release on 7 September 2016 by Father Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Monday, 22 August 2016 09:39

Creating child safe institutions

world day of prayer 2016The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a report examining 10 key elements required to create a 'child safe' institution.

msc logoSome 2,000 young Catholics gathered in Merauke to remember the first evangelizing mission in the Papua region by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, reports UCAN.

Br Julian McDonald cfcVocation ministry is about helping others to discern their gifts, to make decisions about how to develop and express those gifts and to do so in ways that they know to be true to themselves, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 22:52

Shining the light in dark places

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150If we have learnt anything as a society in recent years, surely we have learnt the evil of secrecy and how it is used to cover up behaviours which, in the open, would be completely unacceptable, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:06

Tears of compassion replace tear gas

Sr Leone Wittmack rsc 150In the wake of the exposé of the Don Dale Correctional Facility, we have the opportunity to advocate for a better future, writes Sister Leone Wittmack rsc to the Northern Territory CatholicCare community in a message that also speaks to those of us outraged by this injustice.

bbi econference mercyMercy Sister Veronica Lawson will speak at this year's eConference on Tuesday, 20th of September 2016, hosted by the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).

Monday, 08 August 2016 08:42

Historic Lay Carmelite Assembly

Historic Lay Carmelite AssemblyThe 2016 Lay Carmelite Assembly at Jamberoo Abbey NSW was historic, electing two members of the Lay Carmelite Council instead of being appointed by the Friars' Council, reports the Carmelite Communications Newsletter.

Friday, 05 August 2016 09:03

Eco-theologian to visit Australia

Fr Sean McDonagh sscIrish Columban Fr Sean McDonagh ssc, a world known eco-theologian is visiting Australia in early November, reports e-Connections.

Sr Bernadette Wallis mssSister Bernadette Wallis mss has launched "The Silent Book", a tribute to her family and the disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language, as well as to the broader deaf community and its families, reports Catholic Social Services Victoria.

carmelitesPope Francis has issued a series of new rulings for contemplative women religious dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy.

Friday, 22 July 2016 12:18

We've come a long way

francis sullivan150The evidence from the case study into The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Mater Dei School was impressive, demonstrating how far the Catholic school system has come from the days when children were abused by deceitful and manipulative clerics and others, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Friday, 22 July 2016 09:13

Fasting and feasting

Fr Patrick McInerney sscColumban Fr Patrick McInerney writes about his experience of Ramadan, touched by the goodness, generosity and hospitality of Muslims amid the racist and Islamophobic attitudes that we currently encounter.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:38

New Salesian delegate for the Pacific

Fr Petelo Pau sdbFr. Patelo Vito Pau sdb has been elected as the first Delegate of the Salesians in the Pacific, which covers communities in Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand.

Monday, 11 July 2016 23:55

Called by the God who goes before us

Sr Anne Boyd Sr Elaine Wainwright 150Around 150 participants to the 2016 National Assembly of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) were actively engaged in sessions on shaping an ecological mindset led by Brigidine Sister Anne Boyd and biblical scholar Sister Elaine Wainwright rsm in Leura NSW on 21-23 June.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 21:46

A just future beckons us

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150During the CRA National Assembly, we were led through an ecological reading of scripture to look ahead, to see what is emerging ahead of us, to let the future arise and to take responsibility for the universe’s unfolding, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Friday, 08 July 2016 11:56

Do we need women deacons?

Sr Mary McDonald sgsWhy ordain women as deacons to stand forever on the first rung of the hierarchical clerical ladder, asks Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald.

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