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Community at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala grieves their beloved priest

STAFF and students at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala have stopped classes to pray for the repose of the soul of Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland. The Maryborough-born priest died in Sydney’s Macquarie University Hospital around 9.45 am  on Wednesday November 26. He had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in May this year. St Mark’s principal Garry Montgomery said classes ... Read More »

Pope calls European Parliament to rejuvenate ‘grandmother’ Europe

Pope Francis in European Parliament

THE 77-year-old grandson of European immigrants to Argentina, Pope Francis urged the European Parliament to value the continent’s faiths and recuperate a sense of responsibility for the common good to rejuvenate Europe’s social, political and economic life. “In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and ageing, of a Europe which is now a ‘grandmother’, no longer fertile ... Read More »

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

Pope Francis inflight

POPE Francis said he would “never close the door” on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said “terrorism” could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Meeting reporters on ... Read More »

MacKillop centre closing

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S Sisters of St Joseph community walked its last visiting school group through Annerley’s Mary MacKillop Centre on November 17. The sisters opened the centre in 1995, in the lead-up to the saint’s beatification, but it will close early next year. Thousands have walked through the centre to see the saint’s life captured in dioramas and audio ... Read More »

Priest speaks out for farmers

By Paul Dobbyn LONGREACH priest Fr Matt Moloney has been besieged with phone calls from desperate farming families from around Queensland since his call for a moratorium on bank foreclosures on drought-stricken farms. The priest, who grew up on a property west of Longreach, said he would keep raising his voice until the government and banks alleviated “catastrophic pressure” on ... Read More »

Pope, creating six new saints, uses newly abbreviated formula

Indian saints

POPE Francis proclaimed six new saints using a newly simplified rite, and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy. Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints on November 23, the feast of Christ the King, the Pope said, “They responded with extraordinary creativity ... Read More »

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, Pope says

Sub-Saharan migrants

THE Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders”, welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope said the Church’s concern for the whole person motivated its material aid to immigrants and ... Read More »

Lectures bring Jesus to life

By Paul Dobbyn Australian Catholic University theology lecturer, author and musician Verbum Dei Sister Maeve Louise Heaney brought the inaugural Truth and Charity lecture series to a memorable close with a talk blending theology with prayerful song. Her lecture Jesus Today explored the reality of the Ascension and the place of art and beauty as “an access point to God”. ... Read More »

Catholics in Goa flock to St Francis Xavier exposition

St Francis Xavier

EXPECTING more than 5 million pilgrims for the once-a-decade exposition of the body of St Francis Xavier in Goa, the Catholic Church in the former Portuguese colony is working to ensure the event is “spiritually nourishing” for the visitors. “This is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith,” said Archbishop Filipe de Rosario Ferrao of Goa, the tiny Indian state ... Read More »

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