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Pope thanks 14-year-old Irish girl for supporting her abused mother

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has sent a thank-you note to a 14-year-old girl in Ireland. The Holy Father wrote Nicole Kane, of County Carlow, Ireland, a personal letter thanking her for being “such a support” to her mother, who was sexually abused, reported the Irish Times on Wednesday. “Thank you for writing to me,” the Pope’s letter read, “I am grateful that ... Read More »

Firing health professionals who refuse to abort babies is watershed moment for Europe

Pro-life supporters

By Roger Kiska, of Alliance Defending Freedom A DOCTOR in Poland was recently fined and sacked from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital, Warsaw, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage. Dr Bogdan Chazan is pre-eminent in his field and recognised throughout Poland ... Read More »

New EP is true Pinto

By Emilie Ng AN American-Jewish artist inspired Australian Catholic musician Gary Pinto to be more explicit about his relationship with God in his new EP, “The Future”. Pinto told The Catholic Leader that on a trip to Los Angeles last year he heard a song by Israeli artist Matisyahu, a man “very strong in his faith” and not afraid to ... Read More »

Living life in all its fullness

STUDENTS and representatives from many Catholic schools in Brisbane archdiocese gathered in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday afternoon for a Mass to open Catholic Education Week 2014 (July 27-August 2). Archbishop Mark Coleridge was principal celebrant and CEW ambassadors Annabel Pike and Michael Mangan attended. Archbishop Coleridge also officially launched Catholic Education Week at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, on ... Read More »

Nerang parish welcomes new priest

By Robin Williams ST Brigid’s Parish, Nerang, had a surprise visit on July 13 from one of Australia’s newest priests. Nerang parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski attended Fr Bing Monteagudo’s ordination in Lismore, northern NSW, on July 7 and said he was more than happy to welcome him to St Brigid’s for the Sunday Mass. “He rang me Saturday afternoon ... Read More »

Text said to evacuate, but Gaza parish staff had nowhere to go

Gaza City airstrikes

WHEN the staff at the lone Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip received text warnings to evacuate the premises, they had nowhere to go. Caritas Jerusalem president Fr Raed Abusahlia, who has been in contact with the parish priest, told Catholic News Service that Fr Jorge Hernandez of the Institute of the Incarnate Word and three nuns who live at ... Read More »

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

Pope Francis waves

SLOWING down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” on July 27, the Pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life: 1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which ... Read More »

Seminarians take to the field

By Emilie Ng QUEENSLAND seminarians are in hard training, not just for the priesthood, but also for scoring goals at this time of the year as they strive for victory in the coveted Inter-seminary soccer tournament cup. Queensland’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary soccer team prepared months ahead of the August 2 tournament hosted in Brisbane. The tournament brings more than ... Read More »

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