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Excelling in education

By Emilie Ng QUEENSLAND Catholic schools took one week out of their busy timetables to show Australians why Catholic education was the best choice for Queensland students. The state’s 296 Catholic primary and secondary schools were invited to “pause” about the goodness of Catholic education in the community during this year’s Catholic Education Week celebrations between July 27 and August 2. ... Read More »

Leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community asks people to join prayer day

Archbishop Louis R. Sako

THE leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community has joined with an international Catholic charity, calling for a global day of prayer for peace in Iraq today, August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration is one of the 12 great feasts of the Eastern Church – which is why it has been selected by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael ... Read More »

Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays put, but urges education

Sign of Peace

By Cindy Wooden THE sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where ... Read More »

Matthew’s making the best of his one per cent

By Emilie Ng MATTHEW Ames didn’t weep when loving wife Diane explained three times that she had authorised doctors to amputate his arms and legs to save him from death by an infection. But the dedicated father of four couldn’t keep a dry eye when his wife shared that sons Luke, Ben, Will and daughter Emily had to prepare to ... Read More »

Pope thanks 14-year-old Irish girl for supporting her abused mother

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has sent a thank-you note to a 14-year-old girl in Ireland. The Holy Father wrote Nicole Kane, of County Carlow, Ireland, a personal letter thanking her for being “such a support” to her mother, who was sexually abused, reported the Irish Times on Wednesday. “Thank you for writing to me,” the Pope’s letter read, “I am grateful that ... Read More »

Firing health professionals who refuse to abort babies is watershed moment for Europe

Pro-life supporters

By Roger Kiska, of Alliance Defending Freedom A DOCTOR in Poland was recently fined and sacked from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital, Warsaw, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage. Dr Bogdan Chazan is pre-eminent in his field and recognised throughout Poland ... Read More »

New EP is true Pinto

By Emilie Ng AN American-Jewish artist inspired Australian Catholic musician Gary Pinto to be more explicit about his relationship with God in his new EP, “The Future”. Pinto told The Catholic Leader that on a trip to Los Angeles last year he heard a song by Israeli artist Matisyahu, a man “very strong in his faith” and not afraid to ... Read More »

Living life in all its fullness

STUDENTS and representatives from many Catholic schools in Brisbane archdiocese gathered in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday afternoon for a Mass to open Catholic Education Week 2014 (July 27-August 2). Archbishop Mark Coleridge was principal celebrant and CEW ambassadors Annabel Pike and Michael Mangan attended. Archbishop Coleridge also officially launched Catholic Education Week at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, on ... Read More »

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