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‘Stranger’ view

By Paul Dobbyn THE “astounding discovery” that at least 50 per cent of Catholics in a recent survey didn’t have an opinion on the issue of asylum seekers and refugees has led to the publication of a pamphlet on the Church’s teaching on the issue. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said the issue had ... Read More »

Caritas helping to change lives

Caritas Australia’s partner, Hope Agency for Relief and Development, is assisting Deng’s family with a food security program. Families like Deng’s can now be confident of a more secure future and can rebuild their lives. For the first 20 years of Deng’s life, he lived with his family in a small agricultural village in South Sudan. In 1983, civil war ... Read More »

Cuts hit the poor

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan has called on the Federal Government to reverse its foreign aid cutbacks and live up to Australia’s “fantastic bipartisan tradition as an active contributor beyond our immediate region”. After launching Project Compassion in Brisbane on March 4, Mr O’Callaghan contrasted the generosity of Australians with the Federal Government’s stance. “The ... Read More »

Praying for compassion

By Paul Dobbyn CATHOLICS have been invited to take part in a “National Lament” during Lent for Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers including the recent events on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island which left a young Iranian man dead. Catholic Religious Australia is holding the National Lament, which will be a campaign of prayer, penance and action in support of ... Read More »

Undertaking a fruitful spiritual journey

This is a Lenten message to the people of Lismore diocese from Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett  POPE Francis was elected to the See of Peter a year ago on March 13, 2013. His inauguration Mass was celebrated in St Peter’s Square six days later, on the feast of St Joseph. In the intervening twelve months we have witnessed the secular media, ... Read More »

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

archbishop mark coleridge

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 »

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