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Iona rector to become auxiliary bishop in Melbourne

Fr Mark Edwards OMI

RECTOR of Brisbane’s Iona College Oblate Father Mark Edwards has been appointed an auxiliary bishop for Melbourne archdiocese. Pope Francis announced the appointment at noon today Rome time (9pm Queensland time). The Pope also announced the appointment of Monsignor Terence Curtin as another auxiliary bishop for Melbourne. The appointments fill positions that had been vacant in Melbourne archdiocese. Bishop-elect Edwards, ... Read More »

To heart of Europe: Pope expected to talk dignity, jobs, family life

Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service POPE Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from “the end of the earth”, will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. For the Polish St John Paul II and the German ... Read More »

ISIS sets hostage prices

ISIS terrorists have placed prices ranging from 75,000 to 200,000 dinars ($75-$200 AUD) for abducted Christian and Yazidi women and children from Mosul. The site reported “the militants of the so-called Islamic State distributed a leaflet issued by them in a number of mosques in the city of Mosul”. The leaflet released earlier in early November included the special ... Read More »

Human rights champion Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini dies    

AUSTRALIA’S “great defender of human life” Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini died in Melbourne on November 7, aged 58, after a lengthy battle with a chronic auto-immune disease.
 Dr Tonti-Filippini was surrounded by his devoted wife Mary Tonti-Filippini and family. His family said in an official statement made this afternoon that Dr Tonti-Filippini was “a valued brother and son, colleague, teacher, advisor and friend to ... Read More »

Church protests beating deaths of Christian couple accused of blasphemy

Pakistani protest

CATHOLIC leaders in Pakistan protested the November 4 beatings and burning of a young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Quran. “The government has absolutely failed to protect its citizens’ right to life,” the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan said in a statement on November 5. Condemning the brutal killing of Shahzad ... Read More »

Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St John Bosco

Shroud of Turin

POPE Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral from April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco. “I am happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21, I will go on pilgrimage to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud and to honour ... Read More »

Syria’s war is part of humanitarian crisis


A CHURCH official who just returned from a visit to Syria said “the humanitarian situation is worse than I thought”. Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso told journalists in Beirut on November 1 that he had seen “the concrete face of suffering” as a result of war. He also said the humanitarian crisis in Iraq ... Read More »

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. “Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favour (justice), and people give up,” the Pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is ... Read More »

Maronite patriarch visits

Marointe patriarch

FOR months Brisbane’s Maronite Catholic community has feared a planned visit by their Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai would not go ahead due to the volatile situation in the Middle East. Now the community of St Maroun’s at Greenslopes is eagerly awaiting their patriarch’s arrival, his first visit to Australia. Cardinal Rai, who is also Archbishop of Antioch and the ... Read More »

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