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The difference a decade makes

The similarities and yet vastly different life-changing outcomes for the people in the two stories appearing on the front page of the February edition of The Southern Cross should not be lost on anyone.


Time for openness and accountability

The release just prior to Christmas of the Royal Commission’s final report was yet another damning indictment on the handling of child sexual abuse by the Church and other institutions. It was also a powerful affirmation of the pain and suffering inflicted on victims and their families, as well as a moving tribute to the courage and strength of the survivors who came forward to tell their harrowing and intensely personal stories.


Instilling hope and a love of learning

As more than 46,000 Catholic students started the school year this week, Catholic Education SA director Dr Neil McGoran writes about how our school communities are places where care for every child and young person is the beginning point for learning.


Dark stories light the way

Christmas is a time for families to get together and if there happens to be young children around, they are certain to dominate proceedings. If there is a baby in the mix, then watch out for the endless photo opportunities!

Opinion Opinion

Christ comes in history

In 4th century Rome, the Church year began on Christmas day, the day of Christ’s birth. By the 7th century, however, the Church year began with the First Sunday of Advent, four weeks prior to Christmas.