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New evangelisation leader for Brisbane archdiocese

By Peter Bugden SOCIAL justice advocate Clyde Cosentino is the first director of Brisbane archdiocese’s new agency Evangelisation Brisbane. Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the appointment on June 11 “after a nation-wide search” for the right person to head the new entity which replaced the Faith and Life agency as a result of a review of archdiocesan services and ministries. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Young voices

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Catholics in Brisbane can openly share  what they need from the Church with their Archbishop, who promised to “blast the closed doors open” and listen. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in his second pastoral letter to young people lauched at Ignite Live on June 15, said young people needed to be honest with the Church and voice their ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese forming choir for one-off event

singers

CATHOLICS of Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to be part of a choir and group of musicians at a one-off event at St Stephen’s Cathedral. The archdiocese’s Secretariat of Parish Pastoral Councils is forming a “whole of the archdiocese” choir to lead the music for the annual Parish Pastoral Council Commissioning Mass at the cathedral on July 6. Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Church rediscovers its role as mother by welcoming, loving, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

“I LIKE to dream of a Church that lives the compassion of Jesus,” Pope Francis told more than 7000 priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome. If every parish embodied the virtues of compassion, tenderness, patience and welcoming, the Catholic Church would be the mother she claimed to be and would continue to generate numerous ... Read More »

Pope to visit Albania

POPE Francis has announced he will visit Albania in September, and has implored faithful worldwide to pray for those suffering in Iraq. Following the midday Angelus prayer on June 15, the Pontiff announced that on September 21, he will visit the Albanian city of Tirana. “With this brief trip I wish to confirm in the faith the Church in Albania, ... Read More »

Archbishop Sheen close to beatification

Fulton Sheen

THE possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition on June 17 when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced. As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the promoters of Archbishop Sheen’s cause demonstrated that the ... Read More »

Pope, Anglican archbishop urge joint action to share God’s love

Anglican meeting

ALTHOUGH they have not yet reached full unity, Roman Catholics and Anglicans continue their dialogue, come together in prayer and work side by side, including on a new project to combat human trafficking around the world. “I thank God that, as disciples sent to heal a wounded world, we stand together with perseverance and determination in opposing this grave evil,” ... Read More »

Focus on prayer, the poor, peace, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

IN a historic square in the centre of Rome, Pope Francis urged Catholics to gather strength in prayer and then set out for the margins of society, bringing the Gospel and material aid to the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded. “Prayer saves the anonymous city dweller from a temptation that we, too, face: activism that believes everything ... Read More »

Christians from Mosul say they have been targetted for months

Iraqi refugee

THE fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targetted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub. “We, Christians, have been objects of kidnapping, torture and killing by extremists hoping to extort money from us ... Read More »

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