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Order is young in more ways than one
5 March, 2015

The young charismatic Missionaries of God’s Love have become Australia’s first contem­porary home-grown community to be formally recognised by the Vatican as a religious institute of diocesan rite.  

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ABC asks if God belongs in the classroom
5 March, 2015

The ABC is asking if God belongs in the classroom, what impact teaching religious education has on young minds, and whether teaching comparative religion would be a better option in schools.  

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The best Lent I ever spent
11 February, 2015

Three and a half decades of scribbling have taught me that I best get inside a text and plumb its meaning when I write about it, writes George Weigel.  

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Origin of life: was God really involved or was it a random process?
11 February, 2015

Dear Father, I was talking recently at work with a very intelligent colleague about how life began in the universe. He maintained that “it just happened” but somehow that didn’t satisfy me. Is there any evidence that God must have been involved?  

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When your baby is not what you expected
11 February, 2015

Waiting for my son to be born, I was expecting a specific package, a child just like the others, writes Peter Holmes.  

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NATIONAL NEWS
Six new deacons for Sydney

Smiles, salutations and clapping greeted Sydney’s newly ordained permanent and transitional deacons as they made their way down the central aisle of St Mary’s Cathedral on 26 March at the end of a solemn, ordination Mass.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP ordained a total of six men, two of whom – Deacon Mervyn Anthony Francis and Deacon Mata’afa Aisavali Lemisio Salu – were the first to be ordained to the permanent diaconate in Sydney in 15 years.

Three seminarians from Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, a seminary in the Neocatechumenal Way, were ordained transitional deacons on their way to priesthood: Deacon Angel Gustavo Criollo Farfan, originally from Ecuador; Deacon Daney Suresh Irudayadoss, originally from India; and Deacon Mate Litric, originally from Croatia.

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Schoolies alternative: the road less travelled

As the end of her high schooling loomed, Jess Portas-Hills decided she didn’t want to go down the route of joining the usual schoolies partying on the Gold Coast.  

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