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Keeping NET on the road

By Emilie Ng MORE than 150 benefactors and supporters showed their whole-hearted support for young people on the forefront of mission with National Evangelisation Teams Ministries Australia at its annual fundraising dinner on August 14. NET Ministries Australia director Mark Doyle said the dinner not only raised awareness about the ministry’s progress, but also advanced the organisation closer to its ... Read More »

Battling for life over death

By Emilie Ng RESTORING hope within Los Angeles’ notorious gang culture has proven to Jesuit Father Greg Boyle that God can be found in the most unlikely people. In 1988, Fr Boyle started what is now America’s largest national non-profit gang intervention and re-entry program, Homeboy Industries, when he was asked to be the pastor of Jesuit parish Dolores Mission Church ... Read More »

Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

Pope Francis embrace

POPE Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience on August 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the Pope’s words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: “The pope has a family, too. ... Read More »

Papal envoy says Iraqi minorities facing genocide and calls for urgent action

Iraqi woman

POPE Francis’ special envoy to Iraq has said Christians and religious minorities in the country are facing genocide and the international community must act quickly to come to their aid. In an interview with the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire Wednesday, Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Iraqis had told him the world must urgently help them and “not wait until they are ... Read More »

Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain US journalist, his family

James Foley

IN April 2013, the parents of slain United States journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it – he had missed one of ... Read More »

Souls nourished

By Paul Dobbyn THE outpouring of faith and emotion from Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea has come as no surprise to Columban Father Trevor Trotter. Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea for five days from August 14 was the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years. Brisbane-based Fr Trotter, who was vicar general of the Columban’s general council, said ... Read More »

Former sex slave still feels impact of meeting with Pope

Former sex slave

A DAY after Pope Francis left South Korea, a former sex slave who spent a few minutes with the pontiff said she still felt the impact of their meeting. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Kim Bok-dong, 88, said through an interpreter she told Pope Francis she wished for “a world without war”. And then she asked him to ... Read More »

Pope asks prayers after great-nephews, their mother die in car crash

Car crash

POPE Francis asked people to join him in prayer on August 19 after he learned that two of his little great-nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina and his nephew was in critical condition. The dead were identified as the wife and two young sons of Pope Francis’ nephew Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio: Valeria Carmona, 39, ... Read More »

Pope talks airstrikes in Iraq, his health, possible US visit

Pope Francis flight

POPE Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in north-eastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse United States military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country. The Pope also said he was willing to travel to the war ... Read More »

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