Reflections

Saints among God's saints: Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Wednesday 14 October 2020

In this latest message to the Melbourne Catholic community, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli offers some reflections on Pope Francis' prayer intention for the month of October (for women to have greater leadership roles within the Church); progress on the opening up of our churches during stage 3 of Victoria's COVID road map, and the gift of Australia's first saint—St Mary of the Cross MacKillop—who was canonised ten years ago. "[St Mary] was able to speak so strongly into our own Australian society and culture with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with the love of Jesus in her heart and the mercy that comes to all..." 

A closer look at St Patrick’s Cathedral: Part five

Thursday 8 October 2020

Communications Office
 
During lockdown, we’re continuing to adapt to life without simple pleasures like going to cafés, or restaurants, or bookshops. But also, one of the things we miss is being in and around those beautiful sacred spaces that we frequent each week for Mass. That’s why we’re running a series on spaces around the Archdiocese – particularly St Patrick’s Cathedral – that reminds people of the beauty around us in the Archdiocese, but also to inspire hope that we’ll come to these places with new appreciation once the lockdown ends. As a part of our insider series on St Patrick’s Cathedral, this week we are exploring the chapels. 
 

Catholic hospitals call for more at-home care

Wednesday 30 September 2020

CHA
 
A major new report from Catholic Health Australia is calling on the Federal Government to unlock funding to allow more Australians to be treated in the comfort of their own home.
 
The report, Out of Hospital Care in Australia – Advancing Health’s Missing Sector, finds current funding mechanisms prevent many private health patients from accessing hospital level care in their home for services such as renal dialysis, mental health, post-natal services, palliative care, and chemotherapy. 

The report's authors say there is demand for more out of hospital care and it would present a better option for many patients. But, any increase in OOH services must not come at the expense of standards of care.
 
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