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Catholic cemetery manager welcomes new instructions on cremation


NEW instructions on the cremation of Catholics outlining an end to scattering ashes or keeping them in domestic residences are “not new information” to a Brisbane cemetery manager. David Molloy has been the manager of Nudgee Cemetery since 2003, 40 years after the Holy See approved cremation as an option ... Read More »

One of Brisbane’s first Nigerian seminarians has been appointed to Holy See Secretariat of State

Fr Anthony Ekpo

NIGERIAN priest Fr Anthony Ekpo, who was sent to serve the Brisbane archdiocese in a life-changing agreement ten years ago, has been called to work alongside Pope Francis in Vatican City. Fr Anthony Ekpo, who was 25 when he arrived in Brisbane on February 9, 2007, has been appointed to ... Read More »

Pope Francis pays tribute to life ‘marked by the love of Jesus’

Carmen Hernandez

CARMEN Hernandez, co-founder of the worldwide Neocatechumenal Way, was a confidant of popes and cardinals – her views and insights widely and immensely respected, especially concerning the dignity of women. After the 85-year-old died at home in Madrid on July 19, Pope Francis described her life as one “marked by ... Read More »

Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

Pope Francis

  LENT is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said. “Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit,’ the pope said in his ... Read More »

Prayer can work miracles, pope says

PRAYER can bring miracles and it keeps hearts from growing hard, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on January 12 in the Casa Santa Marta. “It’s the prayer of the faithful that brings change to the Church,” the Pope said. “It’s not us popes, bishops or priests who carry ... Read More »

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

ON a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice”. With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy”. ... Read More »

What Pope Francis told Queensland Catholic educators

QCEC leaders

QUEENSLAND Catholic education leaders have returned from Rome with a personal call from Pope Francis etched in their minds and hearts. The Pope inspired the educators at a world congress on Catholic education, Educating Today and Tomorrow – A renewing passion, held in Rome from November 18-21. Queensland Catholic Education Commission ... Read More »

Words matter

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said a “whole new language is needed” to continue the work from the synod on the family, which ends in Rome this weekend. And Archbishop Coleridge believes a national synod could be the next step in a search for a new pastoral approach. While saying “there ... Read More »

A little bit of Australia in the Eternal City turns four

Roman home

DOMUS Australia, a boutique guesthouse in Rome that offers daily Mass to visiting Australians, will celebrate its fourth anniversary this month. The property was established by the Arch- diocese of Sydney with the support of other Australian dioceses and was officially opened on October 19, 2011. On that day four ... Read More »

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