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For some Middle East Catholics, Church is anchor of hope amid violence

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AS the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities. For some Catholics, the Church and its tenets serve as an anchor of hope. At the ... Read More »

Catholic education shaped Annabel

By Emilie Ng ANNABEL Pike knows first hand that childhood dreams can never be brushed off as trivial nonsense. From the time the 23-year-old was in primary school, nursing was at the top of her list of things she could do as an adult. The dream never subsided, thanks to the encouragement, experience and support she received from Catholic education ... Read More »

New survey to back draft report for archdiocesan youth ministry

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S youth and young adult initiatives could soon participate in a survey that will provide the basis for a youth ministry plan between 2015 and 2017. From September, two surveys will be used to collect data to form a draft report for a future youth ministry plan starting next year. One online survey will be sent to ... Read More »

Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu

TAKING the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican’s blue-collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state’s “industrial park”. “He showed up, got his tray, silverware, he stood in line and we served him,” the cafeteria’s chef Franco Paini told Vatican Radio on July 25. He acted “normally, like the humblest of ... Read More »

Changes in synod process designed to increase discussion

THE extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will be shorter than a usual synod and will include new rules aimed at helping the bishops really grapple with the issues together, the general secretary of the synod said. “We want a frank, open, civilised discussion,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri told Catholic News Service on July 25. The extraordinary synod will meet ... Read More »

Noosa opens house to battling families

By Emilie Ng FAMILIES finding it tough in the high rental market on the Sunshine Coast could find consolation in a new outreach program that will provide temporary accommodation for struggling families. The program, called Assisi House, is a joint initiative of the Noosa District Catholic parish and its St Vincent de Paul Society conference. Assisi House will be a ... Read More »

Cathedral guide keen to do the same in Burundi

By Paul Dobbyn FOR Alexis Bukuru becoming a guide and welcomer at St Stephen’s Cathedral has been a wonderful gift, so much so that he wants to take the idea back to his home in Burundi, Africa. “I have been in many cathedrals in my home country, but this was the first time I’ve seen a cathedral organise such an ... Read More »

Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets Pope

MEETING a Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ. The Pope spent 30 minutes with Ms Ibrahim, her husband and two small children on July 24, just hours after she had arrived safely in Italy following a brutal ordeal of imprisonment and a death sentence ... Read More »

Soccer players to play in “Match for Peace” in Rome

THE Vatican has announced that some of the world’s most famous soccer players will participate in a sporting event aimed at uniting people of different religions. The “Inter-religious Match for Peace” will be held on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. With proceeds to be donated to charity, the event will involve international players and coaches such as ... Read More »

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