September 2016

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the September Aurora

A pilgrimage of mercy

A pilgrimage of mercy

Article by Joanne Isaac

When we left the diocesan offices on Thursday 14 July to travel to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, I knew all my fellow pilgrims’ faces, but I didn’t know anything about them. By the time we landed in Venice, 32 hours later, the wonderful people I had shared that never-ending journey with were my treasured friends. And 27 days later, I feel like the bonds we have forged are simply unbreakable.

Statement of acknowledgement and apology from Bill Wright, Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle

Statement of acknowledgement and apology from Bill Wright, Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle

Article by Bishop Bill Wright

In my five years as Bishop of the Diocese, this is the second commission of inquiry before which I have appeared.  There is a very considerable difference in scope between the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (‘Royal Commission’) and the Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. 

Fossil fuel divestment and living Laudato Si'

Fossil fuel divestment and living Laudato Si'

Article by Thea Ormerod

The start of a push for Catholic divestment from coal, oil and gas extractive industries is now well under way. Another boost was given at World Youth Day via a letter signed by over 120 youth organisations delivered to Pope Francis. In it, they urged him to support fossil fuel divestment and asked him to ensure the Vatican’s own financial institution cuts its ties with extractive industries. A call from young people will no doubt be significant to Pope Francis.

AURORA EXTRA: Channelling mercy through the dust

AURORA EXTRA: Channelling mercy through the dust

Article by Tracey Edstein

Predictably, the theme of the 2016 Australasian Catholic Press Association’s annual conference, held in Sydney last week, was “Channels of mercy”.

AURORA EXTRA: At Home in L'Arche

AURORA EXTRA: At Home in L'Arche

Article by Jean Vanier

In L’Arche worldwide there are 149 communities and 14 projects in 37 countries. L’Arche Hunter is one of the 14 projects. L’Arche’s founder Jean Vanier will turn 88 on 10th September.  He wrote the following contribution especially for the book, My Home in L’Arche, an initiative of L’Arche Hunter and he entitled it At Home in L’Arche.

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