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Pope calling for the world’s Christians to pray for peace

POPE Francis has called on the world’s Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, to help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity. While peace was a gift from God, it was also built out of the day-to-day handiwork of individuals: true “artisans of peace”, who were capable of ... Read More »

Filipinos giving thanks

By Paul Dobbyn FILIPINO woman Kristele Agote has a personal message for generous Australians whose support is helping her rebuild after last year’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan. “We want to thank every one of you who helped us, who donated to help us,” she said. Ms Agote is one of many in Philippines communities rebuilding six months after Typhoon Haiyan and ... Read More »

50,000 Catholic charismatics pray over Pope

Pope Francis with charismatics

MEETING more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis admitted he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed, but he knelt onstage as they prayed for him and over him by singing and speaking in tongues. “In the early years of the charismatic renewal in Buenos Aires, I did not have much love for charismatics,” ... Read More »

Catholic sector welcomes increased State Government investment in education

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QUEENSLAND Catholic Education Commission has welcomed an overall increase in recurrent spending on education in the non-state sector announced in the State budget on June 3.  Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced an increase of about seven per cent in that spending.  QCEC executive director Mike Byrne said: “We are pleased that in a tough fiscal environment the Newman Government has ... Read More »

175 years of faithful dedication

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first women religious took “an enormous risk” to journey to Australia 175 years ago. This year, the Sisters of Charity of Australia honour that risk and the 175 years of  “love, tenderness, and concern of Christ for the poor” at Masses throughout the country. The Sisters of Charity of Australia walk in the footsteps of five Irish ... Read More »

Ray’s asbestosis fight ends

By Paul Dobbyn EARLY in 2011, critically ill asbestosis sufferer Ray Colbert was in a coma in Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital and not expected to live. “But when I got to Heaven’s door they said: ‘It’s not your turn yet. You’ve still got work to do’,” Mr Colbert told The Catholic Leader in an interview about a year later. He and ... Read More »

Joyous leader

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE has been the pastoral stepping stone for newly-ordained Bishop Michael McCarthy, who now looks to Rockhampton as the diocese where he could leave an even greater legacy. The 10th Bishop of Rockhampton stood before hundreds at St Joseph’s Cathedral on May 29 and with joy proclaimed himself “Michael, your Bishop”. The divine moment when he went from ... Read More »

Intentionally childless couples influenced by culture of ‘well-being’

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POPE Francis blamed a “culture of well-being” and comfort for convincing married couples that a carefree life of world travel and summer homes was better than having children.  He said married couples should look at how Jesus loves his Church to learn how to be faithful, perseverant and fruitful in their vocation.  About 15 married couples celebrating their 25th, 50th ... Read More »

Pope says Mary is always ready to help

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STANDING before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.  “She is the virgin of readiness, Our Lady of Haste,” the Pope said on May 31 at the end of a ... Read More »

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