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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 »

Cardinal, patriarch call for international action to liberate Iraq

Iraq demonstrator

POPE Francis’ personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community on August 18, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who has been in Iraq since August 13 at the Pope’s ... Read More »

Remembering Daniel

By Paul Dobbyn “IF love could have saved you, you’d have lived forever.” Written in light script above that smiling, youthful face, burnt into a nation’s consciousness over more than a decade, the words are on Daniel Morcombe’s headstone. The 13-year-old’s grave is near the apex of the small and neat, well-treed, horseshoe-shaped drive that is Woombye Cemetery. The Morcombes were ... Read More »

Religious wall of honour

By Paul Dobbyn QUEENSLAND’S religious men and women and their tireless efforts to educate the state’s young people for more than 150 years have been celebrated in an historical display in Brisbane. The display, a series of three plaques opening with the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane in 1861, is mounted on the walls of the Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

She is ‘one groovy nun’

SISTER Miriam James is a lover of Jesus, sports, reading, beauty and coffee. She’s one groovy nun, as her Twitter handle puts it, and blogs about authentic life, love and holiness on her blog, NunEssential. She’s such a cool chick that Ignite Conference organisers couldn’t help but invite her to speak at the conference in September – even though it ... Read More »

Pope tells youth forgiveness key to reconciling divided Korea

Pope Francis in South Korea

ADDRESSING young people from Korea and other Asian countries on their concerns about the future, Pope Francis said the best hope for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula lay in brotherly love and a spirit of forgiveness. “You are brothers who speak the same language,” the Pope said on August 15. “When you speak the same language in a family, ... Read More »

Forum boosts evangelisation effort

By Emilie Ng CHRISTIAN leaders at this year’s John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum were given a boost of support in their efforts to evangelise Australian culture. The forum, now in its second year, attracted top corporate business leaders, religious leaders, politicians, and employees from various Australian dioceses including large numbers from the Brisbane archdiocese. American university law professor and ... Read More »

Pope tells Korean bishops to keep evangelisation as primary mission

POPE Francis warned South Korea’s Catholic bishops not to let their country’s “prosperous, yet increasingly secularised and materialistic society” distract the church from its essential duty to evangelize. Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the southern half of the peninsula has risen from poverty to become the world’s 13th-largest economy – good fortune that Pope Francis said ... Read More »

Devoted to St Mary

By Emilie Ng DIVINE assistance from Australia’s first saint led Brisbane woman Carmel Gribban to doctors who saved her from a life-threatening fistula on her brain. In 2007, Carmel was diagnosed with a rare dural arteriovenous fistula where her cerebral artery, which circulated blood into the brain, was abnormally connected to the main cerebral vein, which pumps blood away from the ... Read More »

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