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US priest killed at church

Phoenix prayers

AN attack at a downtown Phoenix church in the United States left one priest dead and another critically wounded. Fr Kenneth Walker, 29, died of a gunshot wound in the June 11 attack, while Fr Joseph Terra, 56, survived the attack and was hospitalised in critical but stable condition, Sgt Steve Martos, of the Phoenix Police Department, said. Both priests ... Read More »

Words can kill: Murder and insults are both rooted in hatred, says Pope

Pope Francis

OVERCOMING conflict requires stopping insults, letting go of hatred and reaching out to enemies, Pope Francis said. Loving one’s neighbour wasn’t easy, he said, and Jesus showed it required realism, empathy and a spirit of fraternity. During his early-morning Mass on June 12 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, the Pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel ... Read More »

Sleeping rough for charity

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts got a faint sense of the fear with which homeless people live as a first-time participant in last year’s St Vincent de Paul Society’s CEO Sleepout. “Here I was safe inside the South Bank Piazza with many people around me including well known identities such as Kevin Rudd and Paul Pisasale,” ... Read More »

Let World Cup be a celebration of solidarity and peace, Pope says

World Cup

AS the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field: “Let no one become isolated and feel excluded! Watch out! ‘No’ to segregation, ... Read More »

US nuncio notes five challenges for Catholic educators


Here is an edited version of the May 28 address given by the apostolic nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, to the Centre for Catholic Education and Faith-Based Leadership at its 20th Annual Catholic Education Executive Leadership Dinner. WE know well that Catholic education is more needed today in our culture than at any other time. Our young people are facing ... Read More »

Christians among 500,000 fleeing Mosul after Islamist forces seize city

Iraq crisis

CHURCH leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said. Christians began fleeing early on June 9, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul told Catholic News Service in an email. “The soldiers ... Read More »

Help in tough times

By Paul Dobbyn GOLD Coast man Karl Stuart spent five years making bullet-proof vests for the police and military, but nothing could protect him from becoming homeless. The 44-year-old’s fall through society’s cracks started about two-and-a-half years ago when he had to vacate a flat he had rented for about eight years. “The place was sold and I had to move ... Read More »

Miracle girl

By Emilie Ng PARENTS of an eight-year-old girl who almost died last December received an “an unexpected blessing” from a Catholic high school last month. Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne L’Arche and Disability Outreach service group captain Laura Ricca read Gabby Caldwell’s profile on the Developing Foundation website and was inspired to make a difference. “For us, taking an hour out of ... Read More »

How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’


THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

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