SPECIAL FEATURE – ‘Euthanasia and assisted dying has no place in the medical practise’ – Prof Finlay

Professor Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, was one of two international keynote speakers at the AMA (WA) End-of-Life Choices and Palliative Care Symposium held earlier this month. Photo: AMA WA.

By Amanda Murthy, with the Australian Medical Association
“Assisted dying has no place in medical practice – doctors should not be the gatekeepers – the judgements required go beyond their professional competence and providing lethal drugs is incompatible with clinical care.”
Those were the words of University of Cardiff Professor of Palliative Medicine and an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords Professor Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff during her

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Vatican Theologian unearths the significance of 1968 to Perth Catholics

Papal Household theologian Fr Wojciech Giertych OP was in Perth earlier this month to speak on the topic of Pope Paul VI’s half-century old encyclical Humanae Vitae and its relevance in modern society. Photo: Matthew Lau.

By Matthew Lau
Theologian to the Papal Household Father Wojciech Giertych OP marked his first ever visit to Australia by speaking about the fallout of one of the most controversial encyclicals in recent Church history.
Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) is an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI – dated 25 July 1968 – that articulates Catholic teaching regarding married love, responsible parenthood, chastity and the exclusion

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Heart Women’s Conference encourages women to renew their hearts

Participants of the Conference during praise and worship session. Photo: Supplied.

By Theresia Titus
The national tour of the 2018 Heart Women’s Conference took place in Perth last weekend from 19 to 21 July and attracted almost 100 women from across Western Australia.
Held at The Boulevard Centre in Floreat, the three-day event followed the theme based on the scripture verse of Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of your mind.”’
Archbishop Emeritus Barry Hickey also attended the conference to celebrate the Mass on Saturday, 20 July.

Archbishop Emeritus Barry Hickey celebrated the Mass on Saturday, 20

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Evangelist says healing begins with us turning to God, giving ourselves to the Sacraments

Perth-based Catholic healer Alan Ames performs his healing wonders in more than 40 countries across the globe. Photo: Matthew Lau.

By Matthew Lau
Making the world a better place begins with Catholics defending their faith to help strengthen the Church, says international healer Alan Ames.
The motivational speaker and author held a healing service in Perth on 18 July to a full congregation at St Anthony of Padua Church, Wanneroo Parish.
The Touch of Heaven ministry event began with a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr Grant Gorddard and concelebrated by Fr Richard Rutkauskas.
It was followed by a riveting testimony by Mr Ames, before he

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‘Because of Her, We Can’ appreciates the role of women at NAIDOC celebrations

Australian Aboriginal elder Theresa Walley led the Welcome to Country to commence the 2018 NAIDOC Week Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on 22 July 2018. Photo: Ron Tan.

By Amanda Murthy
The Australian Aboriginal community have last week come together during a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the conclusion of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (NATSIC) Week 2018.
The festivities organised by the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) began with a traditional “Welcome to Country” and smoking ceremony at the Cathedral forecourt, led by elders Therese Walley and Ben Taylor.
The Mass – celebrated by Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey – began with

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‘Gift of faith specially chosen by the Lord’ – Archbishop Costelloe

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Fr John Pallippadan and Fr Greg Burke consecrate the Blood of Christ. Photo: Chisholm Catholic College.

By Matthew Lau
Everything we have comes to us as a gift from God to share with others, said Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe during the Performing Arts Festival opening Mass on 20 July.
Archbishop Costelloe was principal celebrant for the Mass and was joined by concelebrants Fr Greg Burke and Fr John Pallippadan; which, for the fourth year in a row, was held at Infant Jesus Church, Morley Parish.
This year’s Performing Arts Festival theme mirrors the national 2018 Year of Youth, commissioned by the

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