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Pope Francis prescribes daily rosary as a spiritual medicine

Pope Francis holds up a box of "spiritual medicine" after praying the Angelus from the window overlooking St Peter's Square on November 17. The box contained a rosary, a Divine Mercy holy card and a medicinal-style instruction sheet.

POPE Francis admitted he wasn’t a pharmacist, but he didn’t hesitate being the spokesman for the heart-healthy benefits of 59 little pills strung together – the rosary. “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you,” the pope said on November 17 at the end of his Sunday Angelus ... Read More »

Picking up the pieces

Rebuilding: An altar server lifts up a broken crucifix as he and others clear debris from the sanctuary of the partially destroyed Metropolitan Cathedral in Palo, the Phillippines, on November 15 in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

BRISBANE Filipino chaplain Fr Marce Singson left “with a heavy heart” for typhoon-devastated Ormoc City where his 11 siblings and 73 nephews and nieces are battling to cope with the aftermath of super Typhoon Haiyan. Fr Singson flew out from Brisbane on Sunday, November 17. “I will head directly to ... Read More »

Pope Francis reaches out in love

Pope Francis reaches out in love

SAYING, “don’t worry, we aren’t taking up a collection,” Pope Francis asked people at his weekly general audience to perform an act of charity by praying for a seriously ill 18-month-old girl named Noemi. Being part of the Church meant sharing “spiritual goods – the sacraments, charisms and charity” – ... Read More »

Overcrowding in jails a major concern

Overcrowding a jail concern

 PRISONERS in some Queensland jails are unable to use the toilets through the night due to overcrowding. Catholic Prison Ministry co-ordinator Dave Martin said he had seen the overcrowding in his contact with prison communities over the past six years. The practice of “doubling up” where prisoners share cells was ... Read More »

Tears flow as mother tells of son killed in Afghanistan

Tears flow as mother tells of son killed in Afghanistan

STAFF and students at Mt Maria College, Petrie, paused to honour and pay respect to lost diggers at an emotional Remembrance Day service in Our Lady of the Way Church. Special guest at the college’s “To Those Who Have Fallen Re-membrance Ceremony” was Suz-anne Thomas, mother of Sapper James Martin ... Read More »

Survivors clinging to hope

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Filipino community chaplain Fr Marce Singson is fielding desperate calls as the full extent of devastation from super Typhoon Haiyan emerges. Fr Singson, a Benedictine priest, is also trying to get details of the wellbeing of his own family – he has 12 siblings and ... Read More »

St Vincent’s Hospital clinic easing burdens

St Vincent’s Hospital clinic easing burdens

DOCTORS and nurses at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane have  witnessed an “increased quality of life” in patients using the new Centre for Pain Management. Since opening in July, the centre has implanted more than 30 high-frequency spinal cord stimulators that have reduced debilitating neck and back pain. These stimulators ... Read More »

Archbishop reflects on first meeting with Pope Francis

Archbishop reflects on first meeting with Pope Francis

“THE impression Pope Francis gave was that he was going to make the papacy rather than have the papacy make him.“ Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said this had been a key thought during his first meeting with the Pope in Rome recently. “He is very much his own man, perhaps ... Read More »

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

CATHOLICS in Brisbane archdiocese and throughout the universal Church can give input into 38 questions on how Church teaching on marriage and family is promoted and how well it is accepted. Responses are to be summarised and sent to the Vatican by the end of January. The questions are part ... Read More »

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