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Church is ‘mother’ when it offers mercy and tenderness, Pope says

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AS his international Council of Cardinals began a three-day meeting to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said having a perfect organisational chart for the Church won’t guarantee that the Church fulfils its mission of bringing people to Christ. Celebrating an early-morning Mass in the chapel of his residence on December 9, Pope Francis prayed that “the ... Read More »

Truckloads of hope

By Paul Dobbyn CHRISTMAS will be cheerier for many, thanks to people like St Vincent de Paul Society truck driver Peter Kennedy. His weekly return run from Gympie to Brisbane’s Foodbank Queensland at Morningside brings hope on a regular basis to battlers in the region. This week’s run was just that bit more special for Mr Kennedy as he loaded ... Read More »

Cyber ‘slums’ where online abusers prowl need pastoral care

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A NEW kind of ghetto needs the Church’s presence and people’s solidarity: the “digital slum” where cyber bullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant, speakers at a Vatican news conference said. Online harassment and abuse were “a new form of violence” against many young people and children, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Cardinal Peter Turkson ... Read More »

Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod

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TO help set the agenda for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican is sending the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences a list of questions on a range of topics, including matters of marriage and sexuality that proved especially controversial at the 2014 family synod. Together with the final report of the 2014 assembly, the 46 questions published ... Read More »

Spend time in silence and service before Christmas, Pope suggests

Pope Francis

IN the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Pope Francis prayed for Mary’s intercession so that, “in ... Read More »

Award for VET program

ST Columban’s College, Caboolture, has won this year’s national Australian Training Awards – School Pathways to VET Award. It was third time lucky for the college who were finalists in 2012 and 2013. Hosted by the Federal Government, the ATA are the peak national awards for the Vocational Education and Training sector. The awards recognise organisations and individuals for their ... Read More »

Mike’s faith overcomes challenges

By Paul Dobbyn INTERNATIONAL Disability Day on December 3 is a date of great potential in the eyes of West End’s Mike Duggan. Because the 67-year-old born with cerebral palsy, and passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability, knows “the majority of the world still don’t get it and that so much more needs to be done”. ... Read More »

Musical tradition continues

By Emilie Ng HOSTING music concerts inside Catholic churches could be an accessible form of outreach to religious sceptics, St Mary’s Church, South Brisbane music director Nicholas Ng said. The composer, performer and ethnomusicologist from Griffith University said a recent parish concert last week, which served traditional sacred music ensembles alongside “poppy” hymns, was an enticing way to experience the ... Read More »

Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the Church – not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and godparents – and to make it easier for Catholic families to accept their homosexual members. The Pope also said he would ... Read More »

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