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Faith in Our Future

Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher has released a pastoral message on Faith in Our Future – Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Parramatta POPE Francis made headlines when he kissed and blessed a man in St Peter’s Square who suffered with boil-like tumours appearing over his head and body. Like Jesus responding to cries for help from the sick, our Holy ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell up to the challenge

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Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge met with journalists yesterday to respond to questions concerning Cardinal George Pell’s appointment to a newly-created position in the Vatican, the possibility that he would succeed Cardinal Pell as Sydney’s archbishop and the recent findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has given a strong endorsement of Pope ... Read More »

New role for Cardinal Pell

CARDINAL George Pell sees his new appointment as prefect of the Holy See’s new Secretariat for the Economy as an opportunity to support the good works of the Church, “particularly our works with the poor and disadvantaged”. Cardinal Pell’s appointment, the most senior yet for an Australian Catholic religious leader, was announced by Pope Francis on February 24. The appointment ... Read More »

Missionaries of God’s Love celebrate special recognition from the Church

THE Church rejoiced in Canberra on Saturday, February 8, at the inauguration of the Missionaries of God’s Love as a religious institute. The order’s 20 priests and numerous brothers stood before a packed St Christopher’s Cathedral to publicly profess their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and mission. A similar number of consecrated brothers renewed their initial vows. It has ... Read More »

Marriage battle

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THE battle to define marriage has resumed with an alert Prime Minister Tony Abbott could soon be pressured in the Federal Coalition party room to allow a conscience vote on the issue. Family Voice Australia has sent out the alert on a flyer headed: “Can you help us win the marriage war?” The flyer spoke of how “a relentless campaign ... Read More »

Abortion grief overwhelming

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AUSTRALIA is “drowning in abortion grief”, according to the founder of Victims of Abortion and author of Redeeming Grief For more than 20 years, Anne Lastman has counselled thousands of post-abortive women who pass through her Victoria-based trauma and counselling practice. In March, she will share about the effects of abortion symptoms, of post-abortion trauma, different behaviours of males and ... Read More »

Religious criticise secrecy

THE Federal Government’s policy of secrecy on issues relating to asylum seekers has come under attack by Catholic Religious Australia leaders. CRA president Sisters of Charity Sister Annette Cunliffe and CRA justice network co-ordinator Sr Suzette Clark said a “pattern of secrecy” had existed on the issue ever since the Federal Government took office. “For example, briefings on the matter ... Read More »

Cherish Life backs bid to create safe havens for babies

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CHERISH Life Queensland has thrown its support behind a Tasmanian senator’s bid to create safe havens for babies abandoned at birth. Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has been advocating Baby Safe Havens for several years. She renewed her efforts late last year following Tasmanian Coroner Olivia McTaggart’s call for the mother of a new-born baby found deceased in a park ... Read More »

Vinnies alert on welfare

THE Federal Government has been challenged to look at “broadening its revenue base to ensure those at the top actually pay their fair share” as it looks at a review of welfare     payments. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “the Government needs to abandon an ideological fixation with taking from ... Read More »

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