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CMI priests are ‘living portraits’ of new saint

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelite of Mary Immaculate priests started the new year in hope of being “living portraits” of their founder, the newly canonised St Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The CMI priests gathered on the new saint’s feast day, January 2, for a celebration Mass with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. It is the first ... Read More »

Tears often are only correct response to suffering, Pope tells youths

Pope Francis embraces child

THE realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the first text he had prepared for a meeting yesterday (January 18) with the young people of the Philippines. “Certain realities in life can only be seen through eyes cleansed by tears,” the ... Read More »

Baby safe havens needed

By Paul Dobbyn CHERISH Life Queensland president Teresa Martin is baffled why governments around Australia aren’t using a cheap and simple solution to the ongoing tragedy of babies being abandoned. “Last November alone we had two such cases – one at Sydney’s Quakers Hill where a baby boy was rescued from a drain there, and the other where a deceased ... Read More »

Pope, at Mass with millions, tells Filipinos to protect the family

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle

POPE Francis told a crowd of an estimated six million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture”. The Pope’s homily at yesterday’s (January 18) Mass also reprised several other themes he had sounded during ... Read More »

Does religion have a ‘smart-people’ issue?

This is a reflection by Father Robert Barron, founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary, USA. He is the creator of the award-winning documentary series, Catholicism: The New Evangelisation. DANIEL Dennett, one of the “four horsemen” of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves “the brights”, thereby distinguishing ... Read More »

Preparing for WYD in Krakow

POLISH Catholic youth Dawid Struzik and Zachary Mroczek are hoping to memorise the Polish lyrics to the official World Youth Day Krakow theme song before their big pilgrimage next year. Błogosławieni miłosierni, or “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”, debuted in Krakow following the country’s traditional Magi processions marking the Solemnity of the Epiphany, on January 6. ... Read More »

Radicals kill 2000

ARCHBISHOP Ignatius Kaigama of Jos has called on the international community to act swiftly against the radical Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. His call for action comes on the heels of another attack by the terrorist group in Baga, killing an estimated 2000 people. A statement released by Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International Daniel Eyre said the attack on ... Read More »

Exuberant crowds greet Pope in unofficial welcome to Philippines

Pope in Philippines

ALTHOUGH it was not called a welcoming ceremony, Pope Francis was greeted by government and Church officials and an exuberant crowd yesterday (January 15) at Manila’s Villamor Air Base. The Pope arrived 13 minutes earlier than scheduled at the base near Manila’s international airport following a six-hour flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka, over Vietnam and the South China Sea. The ... Read More »

Aussie girl marries her Swiss Guard soulmate

By Emilie Ng IF marrying a Swiss Guard is your preference, take advice from Australian Catholic woman Joanne Bergamin. The Vatican Papal Blessings staff member married Swiss Guard Corporal Dominic Bergamin on November 1 last year, All Saints’ Day, after a whirlwind romance inside the Vatican walls. The newlyweds shared their story at Faith on Tap at the Pineapple Hotel ... Read More »

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