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Saint for the CMI family ‘happy news’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelites of Mary Immaculate priests are “overwhelmed with joy” after receiving news that their order’s founder will be canonised later this year. CMI founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be canonised with five other blesseds on November 23, the feast of Christ the King. CMI Father Josekutty Vadakkel said the CMI family was “very blessed ... Read More »

Pope: People drawn to caring shepherd, not moralists, the power-hungry

Pope Francis waves

PEOPLE were drawn to Jesus because he was a good shepherd – not a moralist, not power-hungry, not a revolutionary and not a hermit, Pope Francis said. Jesus “wasn’t embarrassed about talking to sinners, he went to find them” and he felt joy going out, getting close to the people, listening to their problems and offering them healing, the Pope ... Read More »

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family


By Francis X. Rocca for Catholic News Service THE working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris”, published by the Vatican on June 26, is supposed ... Read More »

Seminary blooming

By Paul Dobbyn FOUNDATIONS for a new golden era at Banyo’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary continue to be laid with confirmation of the calling of tenders for a $5.5 million multi-purpose building. The seminary’s stage 3, described as “high technology-based”, includes a meeting area able to accommodate up to 150 people, a spirituality interaction area, a doubling of administration space, ... Read More »

Synod to review state of family to be followed by another next year


REPRESENTATIVES of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican from October 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops’ conferences, the heads ... Read More »

Pope says it’s important for Christians to stick together

Pope Francis and children

CHRISTIANS are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the Church, Pope Francis said. At his weekly general audience on June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the Church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith. Every Christian, ... Read More »

Devoted to Jesus

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS from the seven continents of the world gathered to share language, culture and love for the Eucharist at the annual Corpus Christi procession last Sunday. Brisbane’s ethnic communities were invited to lead decades of the Rosary during the procession at Nudgee Junior College Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west. One attendee commented on the beauty of hearing the prayers ... Read More »

Bishop condemns kidnappings, asks Israel to keep response proportionate

Israeli soldiers

THE chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate asked anyone with information about the kidnapping of three Israeli teens to come forward and help return the youths to their families. At the same time, he called on the Israeli army to keep its reaction and its search methods proportionate.  “Kidnapping three Israeli young people is not fair, and is against human rights ... Read More »

Praying for Iraq sisters

By Paul Dobbyn TWO religious sisters from Iraq with a Brisbane connection are living an increasingly perilous existence in the country’s north as sectarian violence rapidly spirals out of control. Daughters of Jesus’ Sacred Heart Sisters Samar Mikha and Azhar Koka returned to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, in November 2012. When they spoke to The Catholic Leader shortly before ... Read More »

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