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Pope says war is senseless slaughter, can always be avoided

Pope Francis

WAR is just “senseless slaughter” and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis said. “War drags people into a spiral of violence which then proves difficult to control; it tears down what generations have laboured to build up, and it sets the scene for even greater injustices and conflicts,” he said in a written message ... Read More »

In Google Hangout, Pope helps launch worldwide social network with teenagers

Pope Francis video chat

THE wisdom of “It takes a village to raise a child” has been lost as kids are either over-protected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said. “The educational partnership has been broken” as families, schools and society are “no longer united together for the child”, he said on September 4 after holding his first Google Hangout – a live ... Read More »

Youth speak up for Mission aid

Students act

SENIOR students from two of Brisbane archdiocese’s schools are sharing their immersion experiences in a trial, which looks set to spread further afield. The students from St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, and Assisi College, Coomera, are being trained to give talks to local parishes through a new initiative of Catholic Mission’s Brisbane office. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Mission director David McGovern said ... Read More »

Students march for peace

Peace march in Logan

THE community of St Francis College, Crestmead, has taken to the streets to pray for peace. More than 500 primary school students and staff marched down Browns Plains Road to St Maximilian Kolbe Church in their fourth annual march for peace on August 14. The event garnered positive support from the locals of Crestmead and the wider community. Marsden associate ... Read More »

List for leaders

List for leaders

  PRAYER, listening and humility are on Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s list of “dos and don’ts” for Christian leaders.  Read on for the entire list by Archbishop Coleridge. IT was suggested to me recently that I might compose a simple list of “dos and don’ts” for someone new to the episcopal ministry.   Partly to satisfy my own curiosity I did ... Read More »

Pope praying for Sam today

Pope prays for DMD sufferers

POPE Francis offered prayerful support for the “humanitarian fight” of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in the lead-up to its first international awareness day today (September 7).  Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of sufferers and their families who live with the challenges of the degenerative muscle condition of one in about 3600 males has “humbled” Brisbane’s Kelly Uchytil, mother of DMD sufferer Sam, 14. ... Read More »

‘Know thyself’ and others

Knowing yourself

This is a syndicated column by Bernard Toutounji.   Click here if the audio does not play. I REMEMBER when I was engaged to my now wife Jane, one of the biggest discoveries I had to process was learning that she was an introvert. We were at a social function with people we both knew well and it came up ... Read More »

Pope says Christians’ only bragging rights are being a sinner, being saved

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said Christians should boast about only two things: that they are sinners and they have been saved by Jesus Christ. It’s useless to brag about formal education and degrees because they did not have the power to transform people into credible Christian witnesses, the Pope said; only a personal experience of God’s saving grace can do that. In ... Read More »

Welcome to new friends

Welcoming refugees

ASYLUM seekers were honoured at the second Welcome benefit gig in West End for the Capuchin Friars’ outreach ministry on August 31. Young adults across Brisbane again poured generous donations to aid St Francis Place, a weekly ministry providing English classes, lunch and other activities for people seeking asylum in Brisbane. Attendants said the evening provided great opportunities to personally ... Read More »

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