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English translation of WYD Krakow 2016 Hymn

WYD 2016 logo

The Catholic Leader is pleased to provide an English translation of Błogosławieni Miłosierni (“Blessed are the Merciful”), the official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Blessed Are the Merciful I raise my eyes to the mountains,from where help will comefrom the Lord, because Heis a merciful God! When we are lost, He looks for us,so as to take us in His ... Read More »

Scrapping OP score passes the QCEC test

THE Church’s education leaders in Queensland agree “the time is right to replace the OP score and QCS test mechanisms” for students graduating from high school. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne made the comment in response to the State Government’s proposed changes for senior assessment and tertiary education reform. Following a review of the Queensland assessment system ... Read More »

Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Iraqi Christian child

A CATHOLIC official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants. Syriac Catholic Father Noor Alqasmosa, who is charged with helping the refugees, told Catholic News Service the funding situation was desperate, as the chances for many to restart a ... Read More »

Making music for the soul

By Emilie Ng GREGORIAN chant, for several young Australian Catholic musicians in vocal group Prima Luce, is more than just an aural souvenir from the ninth century. The humble young Catholics with angelic voices have made it their mission to “resurrect sacred music” in the modern Church. Their latest revival lies in the group’s second album, a mix of popular ... Read More »

Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack

THE morning after 12 people were shot to death and 11 others injured at the Paris office of a satirical weekly newspaper, Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass to the victims and their families. At the beginning of the Mass on January 8, he told the small congregation that the attack in Paris on January 7 was a reminder ... Read More »

Against all odds

By Oliver Maksan of ACN THE nuns and their helpers work tirelessly, opening cardboard boxes that are stacked, head high, all around them. They take out items of clothing, the plastic packaging rustling loudly. Piles of clothing lie around them on the floor. Together with the other sisters and volunteers, Sr Angela, of the Chaldean order of the Daughters of ... Read More »

Pope Francis heading to Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

Philippines papal visit

INTER-religious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis’ January 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi briefed reporters on the trip yesterday (January 7), noting that it would be the Pope’s second time in Asia, following an August visit to South Korea. Pope Francis wanted ... Read More »

World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, Pope says

Pope Francis and baby

MOTHERS are indispensable to society and the Church, not just for giving life, but in showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said. Speaking to about 4000 people gathered indoors for his general audience on January 7, the ... Read More »

God created all people and desires to save them, Pope says

Pope Francis on Epiphany

IN every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said. “Led by the Spirit, they come to realise that God’s criteria are quite different from those ... Read More »

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