This article was written by Garry Everett and first appeared in The Good Oil, the e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters, April, 2018

One of the great challenges in life is being able to see the ‘big picture’. This is true for each of us, whether we are searching for the big picture as conveyed by religion, science or any other field of human endeavour.

We are challenged because we become distracted by the minutiae, the details, which by themselves are usually not significant. It is only when the pieces begin to make a whole that we come to appreciate a particular truth. The many experiences of Victor Frankl in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany led him to declare a truth he had discovered: “the salvation of [humanity] is through love and in love”.

This article first appeared on the ACBC Media Blog

Melbourne’s Angela Markas has been encouraged to ‘be yourself’ as she prepares to represent young Australians at a Vatican gathering next month that will help inform this year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Angela, 22, met with members of the Australian Catholic Youth Council and shared the story of her faith journey and the faith of the Chaldean Catholic community, of which she is a member.

This article first appeared in on February 19, 2018 and was written by David Halliday

It was a Sunday in October last year when actress Alyssa Milano launched a global movement. ‘If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet,’ she wrote. Even Milano could not have predicted the tsunami of responses. Within eight days, the #Metoo hashtag was tweeted 1.7 million times across 85 countries.


This article first appeared in NCR on February 4, 2018 and was written by Joshua J. McElwee

Rome - The Australian embassy to the Holy See held a small commemoration ceremony Feb. 13 for Rosemary Goldie, the late Australian who was the first woman to hold a leadership post at the Vatican.

This article was written by Gerard O’Connell and first appeared in America, November 07, 2017

Pope Francis has appointed two Italian women as under-secretaries in the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, which is headed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell.

This media release was provided by National Church Life Survey research on November 7, 2011

During 2016, ACU Tenison Woods House held the logistics operations of the National Church Life Survey (NCLS), the largest survey of its kind in the world. Over a quarter of a million survey forms, completed by churchgoers and leaders, in over 3,000 local churches, across more than 20 Christian denominations in Australia, were processed on the North Sydney campus by NCLS Research. The survey results are now being released.

This article was written by Annie Carrett and first appeared in Broken Bay News on 23 October 2017

The first joint meeting of the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council, the Executive Committee and the Facilitation Team was held on October 19-20 at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre in Baulkham Hills, Sydney.

A paper was prepared by the Council for Australian Catholic Women as a basis for a discussion with Archbishop Mark Coleridge June 2017.

This article was written by Mark Brolly and was published in The Tablet on 18 September 2017

Celibacy: 'major precipitating risk factor that has led to...sexual deprivation on the part of those priests and religious who have offended'

The Council for Australian Catholic Women, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Mission and Australian Catholic University (ACU), are delighted to announce a joint initiative to deliver a specialised leadership program for women in the Catholic Church.

Leadership for Mission is an initiative that has been specifically developed by women and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person.