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First year seminarians for 2017 at Good Shepherd Seminary in Homebush. PHOTO: Giovanni Portelli It shouldn’t be happening. With the reputation of Catholic priests and the Church at an all-time low, both of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s seminaries are booming. Rather than turning away from the possibility of the priesthood, young men are choosing to … Continue reading Sydney’s seminaries booming despite cultural climate

Vatican City, Mar 3, 2018 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church. … Continue reading Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

Catholic Institute of Sydney appoints first woman president in Sr Isabell Naumann Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has appointed Schoenstatt Sister Isabell Naumann ISSM as the President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, a key role in the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Church in Australia. Sister Naumann’s appointment is also significant as she becomes the … Continue reading Catholic Institute of Sydney appoints first woman president in Sr Isabell Naumann

Pope Francis has been a consistent and vocal personality in condemning the arms trade and urging world leaders to do the same, and he raised his voice on the issue again in his latest prayer video. Published June 2, the video begins showing two world leaders sitting at a table to sign a join-accord, exchanging … Continue reading Pope dedicates June to praying for an end to the arms trade