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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 Carmen  Sr GuilherminaIn the wake of last month's Synod of Bishops, Sister Carmen Sammut msola who heads the umbrella group for some 600,000 global Catholic women religious has said that women are called to carry forth the pastoral work that the official church is sometimes not able to do, reports the National Catholic Reporter.

Steve-Bevans-150About 150 participants gathered in Melbourne in October for the International Mission Symposium – an event aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s decree on Mission, Ad Gentes.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:12

And the greatest of these is love

Fr Andy Hamilton 150Traditionally, for Catholics, November is a time for remembering the dead, those “who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith”. Fr Andrew Hamilton sj reflects on endings and beginnings.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:35

New Norcia wins community heritage grant

new norciaThe Benedictine community at New Norcia, Australia's only monastic town, has been awarded a $12,727 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund custom-made storage furniture for the collection of historic Spanish Vestments.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Australian Catholic religious orders of women face diminishment as our older members come to the end of their lives and new membership is scarce. We have a powerful belief in life hereafter, and death does not dominate nor diminish the life or ministries of individuals or of the group, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:06

Walk together to say Welcome

say welcome syd150On Saturday, October 31 everyone is invited to #SayWelcome in cities and towns across Australia and reaffirm that Australians are a welcoming, generous and compassionate people.

francis sullivan150Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), identifies and addresses some of the cultural issues within the Church which may have been factors contributing to the abuse crisis in his wide-ranging speech for the Blackfriars Lecture Series.

Monday, 19 October 2015 15:45

Thank you for the Canberra meeting

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015The establishment of a cross-party/interfaith taskforce, facilitated by CRA, is a wonderful outcome of the recent Canberra meeting between religious leaders and Parliamentarians, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm, as she also thanks all those who made this meeting possible.

Monday, 12 October 2015 13:24

2015 National Carers Week

carers week 2015National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation. It will run from Sunday 11 October until Saturday 17 October 2015.

Asia Pacific UN Women photoDespite enormous improvements in the health, education and employment of girls, much needs to be done to break down the social, cultural and religious practices protected by patriarchal power which keep girls “in their place,” writes Sister Libby Rogerson ibvm in the Loreto Networker.


mission month poster150Celebrate World Mission Sunday on 18 October 2015 with an International Mission Symposium in Melbourne and download resources from the Australian Divine Word Missionaries and Catholic Mission.

ncec brochure cvrCatholic religious orders were providing educational opportunities for students with disability as far back as the 1870s and Catholic education remains firmly committed to the education of students with disability, a Senate committee was told last week.

Monday, 21 September 2015 22:43

Encouraging a culture of care

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As members of religious institutes, we want to be front and centre in responding to Pope Francis’ call for both simple acts and participation in the larger societal strategies to bring about positive change in our world, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Monday, 21 September 2015 22:28

Compassion that is true and substantive

Sr Clare Condon sgs150The compassion of the Christian Gospels is grounded in human rights and human dignity; there is nothing condescending, sentimental or selective about it. It comes with a cost, requiring us “to suffer with” another, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Friday, 18 September 2015 11:25

2015 International Day of the Girl Child

Asia Pacific UN Women photoInternational Day of the Girl Child is marked on 11 October every year to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Resources and prayers are available through the Australian Bishops' National Office for the Participation of Women (OPW).

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:29

"The Blessing of Mercy" book launch

blessing of mercy cvrIf you've enjoyed the gospel reflections of Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson featured on the CRA website every week, you are invited to the launch of her book, "The Blessing of Mercy" on 9 October 2015 in Ballarat, VIC.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:41

An opportunity to explore new ways?

Sr Clare Condon sgs150If Sunday is no longer the day of rest and religious observance, why not explore new ways for living the Christian call to full and active participation in the Church’s liturgical life, asks Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Br David Hawke fscBrother David Hawke, Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers of the District of Australia, has written a letter to the Prime Minister offering a property in Narooma NSW for accomodating Syrian refugees.

QldOutbackNite150The Society of Jesus is at an interesting moment in Australia and also the United States, with one generation of giants in their 80s and another astonishingly talented group entering their 70s. What does the future hold? Visiting American Jesuit Fr Jim McDermott finds himself unexpectedly reassured.

Vincentian collab yrThe Vincentian family in Oceania created their Facebook page last month to enable people to interact with the story of St Vincent de Paul and the care of the poor in the spirit of the Year of Vincentian Collaboration.

Friday, 04 September 2015 13:58

National Child Protection Week 2015

child protection poster 2015 smallThis Sunday, Father’s Day, marks the start of National Child Protection Week 2015. In a media release, the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) highlights the significance of this event and offers helpful resources to facilitate discussion and inform Australians about preventing child abuse and neglect.

Friday, 04 September 2015 12:37

Asia Pacific prospects for Augustinians

AugustinianA meeting in Sydney brought together Augustinian leaders from the Philippines, India, Japan, Korea and Australia to dicuss Augustinian community life, ministry, formation and the aim of greater regional cooperation within the Asia Pacific region.

svd aspac provincialsCongregation leaders of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) from around the Asia-Pacific (ASPAC) region gathered in Sydney recently for a meeting in which they mapped out joint priorities and areas of focus for future new missions in the area.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 11:57

2015 International Day of Peace

peace posterEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Get resources on peace building here.

children surveyAustralia’s National Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, has launched a report in Canberra that looked at children and young people’s views on safety in institutions, reports The Record.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:11

Catholic Church Insurance appoints new CEO

Mr Rob-ScennaThe Board of Catholic Church Insurance (CCI) has appointed Mr Rob Scenna to take over the position of Chief Executive Officer from Peter Rush who is retiring.

Monday, 17 August 2015 15:43

Truth, justice, healing and prevention

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015The work of justice and healing on matters of historical sexual abuse in the Church will continue, but it is important that the work of prevention take a central place in future efforts. The way forward will take courage, commitment and prayer, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

ncec brochure cvrThe former secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has called Catholic schools “one of the primary engines bringing about the desired evangelisation – the missionary option – that Pope Francis has talked about,” reports the newsletter of the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC).

Saturday, 15 August 2015 16:30

Leadership news from the Marist Sisters

women of the world logoThe July 2015 edition of the Marist Sisters: Region of Asia-Pacific Newsletter gives an account of the General Chapter of the Marist Sisters which took place in Rome early this year and saw the election of Sister Grace Ellul as Superior General and Sister Vivienne Goldstein as a General Councillor and reveals changes in governance for the congregation's Asia Pacific region.

Salesians  Bicentenary logo 150Salesians and all members of the Salesian family across the world will be celebrating the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth, writes Father Will Matthews sdb.

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