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Middle East patriarchs call for international effort to end attacks on Christians

Patriarchs meet in Iraq

CATHOLIC and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met on Wednesday, August 27, at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations’ ... Read More »

Caritas director leads the dash for cash for the poor

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS diocesan director Joseph Foley,  teachers and students from archdiocesan schools are on the starting blocks of the Bridge to Brisbane fun run to raise funds for vulnerable families in Oceania, Asia and Africa. Mr Foley said the 20-strong Caritas Ks team hoped to raise at least $5000 to ensure improved supplies of drinking water for people ... Read More »

Praying for peace in Iraq

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have called for the nation’s parishes to pray this weekend in solidarity with Christians and those of other faiths suffering persecution in Northern Iraq. The bishops expressed concern about the region’s worsening humanitarian crisis. They condemned “the use of terrorism in the name of religion”. 
”Tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee Mosul, Qaraqosh ... Read More »

Pope: Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it’s not Christian

Pope Francis

ENVY, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said. “Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other and love each other in order to be ever more like him,” he said at his weekly ... Read More »

Catholic aid groups hope latest Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds

Palestinians celebrate cease-fire

CATHOLIC aid organisations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. “This is a window of opportunity,” said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s regional director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. “(We hope) the unity government will take the ... Read More »

Christian refugees want to know ‘can we ever return?’

Refugee woman and child

RETURNING from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide”. “What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of human rights and the threat of disappearing ... Read More »

Extraordinary women

By Emilie Ng AFTER 50 years supporting Queensland women in and out of Catholic action movements, the Young Christian Workers Past Members Association of Brisbane has come to an end. More than 80 surviving members, all former female members of the Young Christian Workers, the National Catholic Girls’ Movement and the Grail, met for the last time at St Stephen’s Cathedral ... Read More »

Proof of Gospel’s worldwide reach

By Emilie Ng WORLD cultures may be vastly different in routines and customs but parishioners from St Patrick’s, Beenleigh, proved Christ is their common denominator. More than 600 parishioners and members of the Beenleigh community shared not only food from over 50 destinations, but joined in for an eternal feast in a multicultural Mass. The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed ... Read More »

New leader for seminary

By Paul Dobbyn FR John Grace has responded with surprise, humility and enthusiasm to the news of his appointment as Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary’s rector from 2016. “My appointment as the thirteenth rector of Holy Spirit Seminary from 2016 came to me as a surprise,” the 71-year-old priest said. “I had never imagined nor contemplated being invited to become rector ... Read More »

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