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Even under attack, family shows its importance, Vatican official says


THE continuing strength of many traditional families around the world and the longing of many people to have such a family demonstrate that “despite past or even current challenges, the family, in fact, is the fundamental unit of human society”, the Vatican observer to United Nations agencies in Geneva said. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on June 24, Archbishop ... Read More »

Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated

Pope Francis greets people

IN the stronghold of an Italian crime syndicate believed to be richer and more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, Pope Francis said, “Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!” During a Mass on June 21 in the southern region of Calabria, Pope Francis made clear that even ... Read More »

Iraq bishops meeting to discuss nation’s crisis

Iraq attack

CATHOLIC bishops from Iraq are meeting this week to come up with a “rescue plan” amid growing fears that the ISIL Islamist attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country. The meeting of the Chaldean hierarchy, which starts on June 24, comes after the military success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ... Read More »

Vatican publishes reflection on discerning essentials of faith

Cardinal Muller

WHEN a significant portion of the Catholic faithful ignore or reject a Church teaching, it is often – but not always – a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith or that Church leaders simply have not found a way to explain the teaching, members of the International Theological Commission said. The commission published the document “‘Sensus ... Read More »

Bishop and Pax Christi USA call for diplomacy to resolve Iraq crisis

Iraq conflict

SAYING the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country. In a letter to US national security advisor Susan Rice, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, called upon the ... Read More »

Waiting in hope

By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan husband-and-wife asylum seekers Elizabeth and Suji Sunderalingam, of Springfield, are praying for a miracle. The Tamil couple, who are members of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish, recently became first-time parents and had their baby Karistian baptised there. Now they are praying for Australian citizenship. Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte said the parish was ... Read More »

Centenary celebrated at St Columba’s

By Emilie Ng ONE hundred years has passed since David W. Tipler built Wilston’s Catholic church, St Columba’s – a task that only took four months. Parishioner Josephine Nolan remembers a time when the church and the parish school shared the surrounding 3ha of farmland. The 80-year-old has been a part of St Columba’s parish community for 56 years. “We came ... Read More »

ACU vice chancellor to stay in role

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIAN Catholic University vice chancellor Professor Greg Craven’s twice-extended appointment is acknowledgment of the key role his leadership has played in the university’s steady growth. Acting ACU chancellor Edward Exell said the university’s growth had “almost doubled through a careful and measured process that has delivered astonishing results”. “Professor Craven has been central to cultivating a premier ... Read More »

Young people are to have their say about the Church

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Catholics in Brisbane were given the promise to be heard by their Archbishop at the launch of his Pentecost letter on Sunday, June 15. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Pentecost letter challenged young people to reflect honestly about how the Church has or has not supported them. Archbishop Coleridge has asked young people to tell him if the ... Read More »

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