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mnnews.today is a local news website containing articles that affect Catholics and non-Catholics alike in our region. The site is an original news source that endeavours to publish stories of interest for the people of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese (including the regions of Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, Cessnock, Stockton, Nelson Bay, Taree, Forster, Dungog and Muswellbrook).

The site contains stories from the award-winning magazine Aurora, as well as articles on education, social services, church and parish life. The site is managed by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle but seeks to be an independent source of news. Stories are provided by volunteers, teachers, students, diocesan staff and authors both amateur and professional.

For story suggestions please use the "Submit a story" link and ensure your story conforms to the editorial guidelines set out in our "Editorial statement". You can also view the "Information and Links" page which includes a number of important statistics, documents and social media links.


In 2014, Aurora Magazine (whose articles appear on this website) was awarded the Bishop Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence at the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards. Aurora also won The 2014 Gutenberg Award at the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) Awards. The ACPA award is given annually to a Catholic publication that “has stepped above and beyond their mission to make an outstanding contribution to the life and vitality of the Church and its faithful through the written word,” according to the ACPA citation.

The Gutenberg Award is the premier annual award of ARPA and the President, Peter Bentley, commended Aurora for taking the step “to reconnect not only with its wider Catholic constituency, but also to connect with members of other denominations and the general public”.

Aurora also received the ACPA awards for Best Print Magazine and Best Layout and Design – Magazine, the Gold ARPA award for Best Regional Publication, the Silver ARPA Award for Best Faith Reflection and the Bronze ARPA Award for Best Theological Article.

Editorial Staff and Authors

You can view information regarding the mnnews.today editors and contributing authors on the Editors and Authors page.


Acknowledgement of country and traditional owners

We acknowledge Aboriginal Peoples are Australia's first Peoples and the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we work towards hearing God's people and empowering them to participate fully in Christ's mission.