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Broken Bay’s new bishop announced

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales. Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call. Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David ... Read More »

Feed the world, safeguard the planet, Pope tells international leaders


EVERY human being has a right to food, and no business plan or economic policy can override that right, Pope Francis told world leaders gathered in Rome. “The struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities’ and the ‘primacy of profit’, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial ... Read More »

Catholic leaders win national awards

St Mary's College Kingaroy staff Pam Radcliffe and Michael Nayler

BRISBANE celebrated the best in Catholic leadership at The Catholic Leader’s first national awards ceremony, The Community Leader Awards 2014. More than 200 people including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, archdiocesan priests, parishioners and corporate leaders attended the inaugural event in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct on November 19. Nominees for the 2014 School Leader of the Year, Young Leader of ... Read More »

Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

Jerusalem synagogue

POPE Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship”, after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience on November 19, the day after the attack on the synagogue, Pope Francis said he was following “with ... Read More »

Pope confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September next year, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The Pope made the announcement on November 17 in a speech opening an inter-religious conference on traditional marriage. “I would like to confirm ... Read More »

Pope says defending traditional marriage is matter of ‘human ecology’


POPE Francis called for preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman, which he said is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology”. “The complementarity of man and woman … is at the root of marriage and the family,” the Pope said on November 17, opening a three-day inter-religious conference ... Read More »

Give your children the best: your faith, Pope says

Pope greets children

FAITH always has been transmitted best through example, but with young people constantly bombarded by images of all kinds, living models of a commitment to truth and love are more important than ever, Pope Francis said. Welcoming dozens of school children on November 14 to his morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, Pope ... Read More »

Youth make ‘oldies’ feel younger

By Emilie Ng CHILDHOOD memories resurface whenever St Paul’s Villa residents spend time with the NET (National Evangelisation Teams) Ministries Brisbane team. NET Ministries Brisbane team members Pia Irwin, Kate Gilday, Niamh Healy, Luke Schoenfelder, Peter McMaster and Lachlan Wilson have been visiting residents at the Bardon aged-care facility since September. The visits are part of a new corporate partnership ... Read More »

Dedicated to others

By Paul Dobbyn ONE of the first phone calls Susan Rix received when she arrived as a new parishioner in Hendra last year carried a familiar request. “It was from Father, now Rockhampton’s bishop, Michael McCarthy asking me to join the parish’s finance council,” the accountant and partner in BDO Australia’s Brisbane office said. She was already on various finance ... Read More »

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