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Time of grace

This is an edited version of Pope Francisí 2015 Lenten Message, issued on October 4, 2014, Feast of St Francis of Assisi. “Make your heart firm”(James 5:8) DEAR Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God does ... Read More »

“Left field” may be only hope for Bali Nine duo

By Paul Dobbyn “THE only hope for Myuran and Andrew, and it’s not much of a hope, is for something to come out of the left field.” Thus Brisbane lawyer Bob Myers summarised the situation of condemned Bali Nine duo Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who were facing the death penalty in Indonesia for drug smuggling. “Basically we’re at the ... Read More »

Education essential for abuse prevention

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

POPE Francis, who has called for zero tolerance for the “despicable” crime of sexual abuse of minors, has praised new efforts aimed at helping the Church better protect children. In letter to president of the Centre for Child Protection at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, the Pope said he was “happy about what you are doing and ... Read More »

Defend life: Economics without ethics are deadly, cardinal says

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

By Cindy Wooden THE economy is a human creation, not a god, so humans have the responsibility to manage the economy in a way that benefits the most people, president of Caritas Internationalis Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said. “The economy is not a god. We have to have the courage to put it in its place,” the cardinal said ... Read More »

Sr Gabi on urgent mission

By Emilie Ng SOUL brothers Jake and Elwood Blues claimed to be on a mission from God to save their childhood orphanage. But while the 1980 cult classic film characters’ mission was mere fiction, the mission from God for Sr Gabriela Aguilar, 35, is real, and according to her, urgent. “Everyone needs to know God,” the ever-joyful consecrated missionary sister ... Read More »

Mum pressured to end son’s life

By Paul Dobbyn HOW does an expectant mother feel when an obstetrician tells her the child in her womb is a “lethal baby”? Courageous Brisbane woman Sarah Rossic will speak of this experience to the large crowd expected to gather for the February 21 Rally for Life in Queen’s Park in Brisbane CBD. She will join speakers Victorian MP Bernie ... Read More »

On the road together

A Lenten Pastoral Letter by Archbishop Mark Coleridge THE 40 days of Lent find us on a journey from last year’s first session of the synod on marriage and the family to the second session later this year, which I will attend. In recent times and in places like Australia, there’s been intense, even excessive focus on certain hot-button issues ... Read More »

Becoming a cardinal is a call to greater love and patience, Pope says

Pope Francis and cardinal

IN a Valentine’s Day ceremony to create 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis offered a meditation on Christian love and, especially, what it means for those who guide and minister in the Church. “The greater our responsibility in serving the Church, the more our hearts must expand according to the measure of the heart of Christ,” he said on February 14 ... Read More »

Building plans for God’s house

By Paul Dobbyn “A BASIC bible on any work done on Church buildings done in Australia” is how Liturgy Brisbane director Fr Tom Elich describes a new resource being launched at a Melbourne symposium on Church architecture. Fr Elich, a member of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board, was on the drafting committee of the document And When Churches Are ... Read More »

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