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New Nuncio selects Maitland-Newcastle as first stop on his new assignment

June 04, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

For a Diocese still mourning the death of its beloved bishop, a visit by the newly appointed Nuncio to Australia provided comfort to the congregation at Easter.  

Archbishop Charles Balvo became the first Nuncio to preside at the Sacred Triduum in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, just two weeks after presenting his credentials to the Governor-General of Australia on 1 April.  

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Fleeing war to find salvation in Fern Bay

June 04, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

The unprovoked Russian invasion of the Ukraine has horrified us all but for Ukrainian expats like Inna and Yurii Chuchenko, daily reports from the warzone are especially traumatic.  

 

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Community action needed to stop domestic and family violence

June 04, 2022 Gary Christensen

When news outlets report on the death of a person at the hands of a current or former partner, many of us feel angry and sad. Despite our horror and collective sympathy for the victims, rarely do we consider that someone close to us could be in an abusive relationship. Unfortunately the reality indicates this is often the case.

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New book launched that will delight local history buffs

June 04, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

For more than 200 years, the Catholic Church has provided education to generations of Australians. While the provision of schooling in this diocese does not extend back quite as far, a new book entitled Snaphots in Time bursts with interesting stories of our journey in education.

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Moving forward and taking the good with us

June 04, 2022 Sean Scanlon

There is always a long list of pressing issues that confront any incoming government. This reality does not appear lost on Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, who hours after taking office, boarded a flight to a meeting of Quad leaders in Tokyo.  

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If life is a test, resilience is the answer

June 04, 2022 Fr Greg Barker

We do a disservice to our young people in giving them a prize for participation regardless of where they finish in the race. Encouragement is one thing, a ribbon another. One of the best things we can do for them, often with the greatest outcome, is to buy them a goldfish or budgie. A pet with a short life span.

 

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Driving towards a future of possibilities

June 03, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

Breaking down barriers faced by newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers on their pathway towards education and employment is the goal of a new initiative being delivered by CatholicCare’s Refugee Hub, with support from the City of Newcastle, NRMA and volunteer mentors. 

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A full heart

March 25, 2022 Sarah James

As Alex, Brendan and their three children wait for the photographer to set up on Redhead Beach, it was hard to miss the chorus of “look, it’s Mrs Walsh” from nearby youngsters enjoying an afternoon swim.

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