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Pope says Mary is always ready to help

Rosary beads

STANDING before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.  “She is the virgin of readiness, Our Lady of Haste,” the Pope said on May 31 at the end of a ... Read More »

Pope would be appalled by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

prisoner's hands through fence

POPE Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a TV interview on Monday night. Archbishop Coleridge said in an interview on ABC TV’s Four Corners program that the Holy Father would be “appalled” if he visited Manus Island, where asylum seekers were held under a policy he described as “cruel ... Read More »

Parish priest and worshippers killed in Central African Republic

Peacekeepers

THE Catholic Church in the Central African Republic pleaded for firmer action by United Nations-backed peacekeepers after an attack on a Bangui church left the parish priest and at least 14 worshippers dead. The attack on Our Lady of Fatima Church on May 28 happened as worshippers prayed the Rosary for the thousands of displaced people who had been sheltering ... Read More »

Bishop welcomes Egyptian election result

Bishop in Egypt

THE leader of Roman Catholics in Egypt has spoken of how Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s recent victory in the presidential elections is a “cause for hope” both for Christians and Muslims in the country. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Adel Zaky, who is Vicar Apostolic of Alexandria and supreme head of Roman (Latin-rite) ... Read More »

Time to stand up for faith

By Emilie Ng SYDNEY barrister Sophie York challenged more than 200 Catholic business and professional leaders at last week’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals to correct the “Godless trend” rising in modern Australian culture. Ms York, a mother of four and one of 12 children, said Catholic leaders should use their influence in society to stand against the view that Australia ... Read More »

Your Choice magazine out this weekend

Your Choice magazine 2014

QUEENSLAND Catholic Education schools and organisations will feature in this year’s annual Your Choice magazine released this week with every issue of The Catholic Leader.  The magazine features 52 Catholic schools and organisations throughout Queensland, highlighting the value of Catholic education in the community. Your Choice magazine is a joint effort between the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and The Catholic ... Read More »

Church opposes moves to allow assisted suicide

THE campaign “Not Dead Yet” has launched an online petition ahead of a bill which would open the door to state-sanctioned assisted suicide in the United Kingdom. The forthcoming Private Members Bill, put forth by Lord Falconer, would give terminally ill elderly patients access to drugs with which to end their lives. This latest initiative of the “Not Dead Yet” ... Read More »

Date set for Israeli-Palestinian prayer for peace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday (June 8) to pray for peace. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed the date in a statement on May 29. During his recent visit to the Holy Land, the Pope spontaneously invited Mr Peres and Mr Abbas to come to the ... Read More »

Rockhampton’s new bishop ordained

bishop michael mccarthy

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON’Ss newly-ordained Bishop Michael McCarthy has invited young people to answer the call to religious life.  “We need you to help us folk in the faith,” he told a packed congregation during his episcopal ordination Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral today Thursday.  The episcopal ordination of Rockhampton’s 10th bishop was held in glorious sunshine.  Bishop McCarthy was ... Read More »

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