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Archbishop Sheen’s sainthood cause suspended indefinitely

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

THE canonisation cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued on September 3 by the Peoria diocese, Illinois, where the archbishop was born. The suspension was announced “with immense sadness”, the diocese said. “The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of ... Read More »

Pope Francis is only leader respected enough to end today’s wars, Shimon Peres says

Pope Francis and Shimon Peres

FORMER Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the “United Religions” to counter religious extremism in the world today. “In the past, most wars were motivated by the idea of nationhood. Today, however, wars are incited above all using religion as an excuse,” Mr Peres told the Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, ahead of ... Read More »

Iraq’s persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ, Pope says

Pope Francis

IRAQI Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ’s message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis said. “The Church suffers with you and is proud of you, proud to have children like you,” he said on September 3, in a greeting to Arabic-speaking pilgrims, especially those from Iraq. The Pope spoke in Italian, with Arabic translation, at the end ... Read More »

Iraqi Christian woman details how militants kidnapped her three-year-old

Iraqi parents

AN Iraqi Christian woman has described how her three-year-old daughter was abducted by Islamist terrorists. Christina Khider Abada was seated beside her mother Ayda Abada on a bus when captors from the Islamic State snatched her and took her away. According to an account by the mother, who followed her daughter off the bus, the crying child was passed from ... Read More »

Slaughter of innocents

Abortion crisis in India

THE ratio of female to male infants continues to decline in India and a recent report by the United Nations warned that urgent action is needed to reverse the trend. The report, Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions, was published by the organisation UN Women. The ratio has gone from 976 girls to 1000 ... Read More »

Hunger spreads in West Africa

Ebola spreads in Liberia

HUNGER and panic are spreading among people unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, say Church workers in West Africa. In Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, Church groups “are trying to get food and distribute it to families who have asked us to help, but movement is heavily restricted and there ... Read More »

Rich in faith and cultures

El Salvadorians at the Multicultural Mass

UNIVERSAL pride filled St Stephen’s Cathedral at last weekend’s annual Multicultural Mass for the Brisbane archdiocese. Vibrant colours, jubilant songs and prayers in multiple tongues featured at the Mass, held this year to close National Migrant and Refugee Week. Catholics representing more than 20 ethnic groups from around the archdiocese gathered to witness just how far the Gospel has spread. ... Read More »

Church people comment on Australia’s military involvement in Iraq

Volunteer Iraqi Shiite militia

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone is watching Australia’s deepening military involvement in northern Iraq with concern and frustration yet he knows the lives of innocent people must be protected. As an infantry lieutenant colonel, he commanded an Australian Army peacekeeping contingent on the Iran-Iraq border in 1989-90. In 2003, Deacon Stone warned in a story in The ... Read More »

Jessika finds faith journey ‘rougher than the seas’

By Emilie Ng MOTHER Teresa’s biography includes a chilling period of darkness that was said to have lasted more than 50 years. Biographies say the Albanian-born beatified could not feel God, so she looked for Him in the thousands of abandoned men and women lined up on the streets of Calcutta. Ireland’s patron St Patrick also wrote in a diary ... Read More »

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