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ACMRO criticises government for ‘bartering children’

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THE Australian Catholic advocacy body for migrants and refugees has described the Federal Government’s latest legislation on asylum seekers as “unethical” and relying on the “bartering of children” for its success. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office national director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said the new legislation was “an all-time low for Australian politics”. The Migration and Maritime Powers ... Read More »

Caritas Australia fears further foreign aid cuts

CARITAS Australia called on the Australian Government to rethink planned cuts to foreign aid as Super Typhoon Hagupit intensified on its path towards the Philippines. The latest typhoon comes just a year after the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan which affected 10 million people across 8000 villages, 447 towns and 48 cities in nine regions across the country. ... Read More »

Nation mourns a popular Test cricket hero

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By Paul Dobbyn   “WE gather here this afternoon to celebrate his 26 years of life … that’s what we’re doing here this afternoon – to give thanks for Phillip Joel Hughes.” Nambucca Heads parish priest Fr Michael Alcock, with these words, opened an emotional funeral service in the fallen cricketer’s hometown of Macksville, NSW. “To all of us here, ... Read More »

‘Unspeakable atrocities’

THE Church in Australia is celebrating a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East today (December 7) as a delegation of Australian bishops prepares to visit the troubled region. The decision on the Day of Solidarity, made at the bishops’ recent plenary meeting in Sydney, follows a request from the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the ... Read More »

Sale’s ninth bishop announced

SALE’S ninth bishop Patrick O’Regan has reacted with “surprise, excitement, humility and sadness” to news of his appointment by Pope Francis. Bishop-elect O’Regan is the Vicar General and cean of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Bathurst. The Diocese of Sale has been awaiting a bishop since Bishop Christopher Prowse was elevated to Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn on September ... Read More »

Catholic cricketers’ tribute for Phillip Hughes

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QUEENSLAND and New South Wales cricketers will put their bats out for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the annual Catholic Super Bowl, an organiser has confirmed. Catholic Super Bowl organiser Anthony McCarthy confirmed that both the NSW and Queensland team would pay tribute to the late Mr Hughes ahead of their friendly game on December 13 in Brisbane Players will be ... Read More »

Caritas report calls for end to sexual violence in the Congo

THE shocking fact that 48 women are raped every hour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is among alarming statistics in a just-released Caritas Australia report on sexual violence and conflict in the strife-torn region. Fearless Voices: speaking up for peace, equality and justice in the DRC, was released to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of ... Read More »

Seeking the lost sheep

By Emilie Ng SYDNEY’S newest archbishop has begun his appointment by inviting the lost sheep to return home and give the Church “another chance”. Archbishop Anthony Fisher, in a recent column in The Sunday Telegraph, asked lapsed Catholics to “help us to become a better Church”. “To those who have become disconnected from the Church in recent years I say: ... Read More »

Broken Bay’s new bishop announced

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales. Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call. Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David ... Read More »

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