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Pope confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September next year, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The Pope made the announcement on November 17 in a speech opening an inter-religious conference on traditional marriage. “I would like to confirm ... Read More »

Pope says defending traditional marriage is matter of ‘human ecology’


POPE Francis called for preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman, which he said is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology”. “The complementarity of man and woman … is at the root of marriage and the family,” the Pope said on November 17, opening a three-day inter-religious conference ... Read More »

Give your children the best: your faith, Pope says

Pope greets children

FAITH always has been transmitted best through example, but with young people constantly bombarded by images of all kinds, living models of a commitment to truth and love are more important than ever, Pope Francis said. Welcoming dozens of school children on November 14 to his morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, Pope ... Read More »

Youth make ‘oldies’ feel younger

By Emilie Ng CHILDHOOD memories resurface whenever St Paul’s Villa residents spend time with the NET (National Evangelisation Teams) Ministries Brisbane team. NET Ministries Brisbane team members Pia Irwin, Kate Gilday, Niamh Healy, Luke Schoenfelder, Peter McMaster and Lachlan Wilson have been visiting residents at the Bardon aged-care facility since September. The visits are part of a new corporate partnership ... Read More »

Dedicated to others

By Paul Dobbyn ONE of the first phone calls Susan Rix received when she arrived as a new parishioner in Hendra last year carried a familiar request. “It was from Father, now Rockhampton’s bishop, Michael McCarthy asking me to join the parish’s finance council,” the accountant and partner in BDO Australia’s Brisbane office said. She was already on various finance ... Read More »

Pope calls abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins ‘against God the creator’

Pope Francis kisses baby

POPE Francis denounced a “false compassion” that would justify abortion, euthanasia, artificial reproduction technologies and medical research violating human dignity. And he urged medical doctors to “go against the current” and assert “conscientious objection” to such practices, which he called sins “against God the creator”. The Pope made his remarks on November 15 in a meeting with members of the ... Read More »

Pro-lifer speaks out over Tasmanian protest laws

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE pro-life activist Graham Preston has described Tasmania’s anti-abortion protest laws as “just another indication of the creeping authoritarianism of the state”. Mr Preston was charged in March under Tasmania’s Reproductive Health Act for protesting outside two Hobart abortion clinics. In September, police prosecutors dropped the charges against Mr Preston saying, after reviewing the act, they did ... Read More »

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

Vatican homeless

THE archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers, and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, the papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski told Catholic News Service on November 13. “We have to be evangelical, but ... Read More »

Centacare awards honour humble staff

CENTACARE honoured the “hidden work” achieved by thousands of its staff and volunteers at their annual awards at Customs House on October 31. Centacare’s Amelia House service manager Rosemary Poulgrain said a large number of award recipients were shocked to receive recognition. “A few of the people I’ve spoken to have said they’d rather not be getting the awards, they’d ... Read More »

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