One of the great features of the Catholic Church is that it celebrates things the rest of the world prefers to forget. One of these "things" are Orders of Chivalry, where men and women can become knights or dames in service of God, seeking to live a life of charity and service within the charism of their Order.
This month, the Knights of the Southern Cross celebrate the centenary of their official foundation. To mark the occasion, we take a look at the life and achievements of one of their founding members, Sir Michael Chamberlin KBE whose charitable works have left an indelible mark on our city and local Church. Likewise, one of the oldest surviving Orders of Chivalry, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, recently received two new members, who were knighted and damed by Archbishop Comensoli at St Patrick's Cathedral. We take a brief look at that Order, its history, and their famous Jerusalem Cross.
Last Friday was World Day of the Sick, and ACU, in collaboration with Catholic Health Australia hosted an online panel discussion about how healthcare workers throughout the pandemic have reached a point of being 'beyond burnout'.
Despite the debacle that was the "Djokovic affair", one of the things it highlighted was the grossly unjust situation asylum seekers have been trapped in by the Australian government, some of them having been detained at Carlton's Park Hotel for up to nine years. The ecumenical #SetThemFree campaign continues to gain momentum, and we look at how faith leaders stand in solidarity with the detainees.
Finally, in the wake of Amazon dropping its first teaser-trailer for their (incredibly expensive) Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power production, we explore J.R.R Tolkien's Catholicism, especially his love for the Eucharist, and how his letters reveal a man of deep, profound faith.