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Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State

A man and three children in Iraq

THE Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardise the future of inter-religious dialogue. “The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance on the part of ... Read More »

St Mary of the Cross honoured

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE archdiocese’s love for Australia’s “beacon of hope”, St Mary of the Cross, grew stronger at the annual Feast Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 8. Almost 1000 Catholics packed the cathedral to remember the woman declared Australia’s first saint. Before concluding the Mass, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge made special mention to staff from Our Lady ... Read More »

Pope to UN: Act to end the tragedy in Iraq

Children flee Iraq violence

POPE Francis formally asked United Nations agencies and the entire international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway” in north-eastern Iraq. In a letter signed on August 9, but released by the Vatican only after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed “to stop and to prevent further ... Read More »

Rowan powers to Games gold in Glasgow

By Emilie Ng MISSING out on the Year 11 semi-formal is the small price Rowan Crothers has to pay for being Australia’s newest Commonwealth Games gold medalist and world record holder. The 16-year-old St Laurence’s College student won gold in the para-sport men’s 100 metres freestyle event on July 24 at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games. His race also broke the ... Read More »

Century of faith

By Paul Dobbyn CELEBRATIONS at St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, reached a climax last Sunday with a Centenary Mass packing the huge and iconic building to overflowing. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge hailed the church “sailing serenely on Brisbane’s skyline” as “a monument to Easter, the calm beyond all storms, the life that is bigger than death”. “Therefore this church points not ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians beginning to die in hot, crowded camps, witnesses say

Iraqi Christian woman

IRAQI Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed. Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said new-born babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil were dying from diseases, ... Read More »

Free to be a woman

By Emilie Ng CONFESSING fidelity to the Catholic Church and her teachings on moral issues makes Catholic advocate for marriage, family and religion and law professor, Helen Alvaré, unpopular. But as far as Church in America is concerned, and now increasingly throughout the world as her works become more widely spread, Dr Alvaré is the key to unlocking a generation ... Read More »

Catholic Iraqi refugees in Lebanon recall horror of militant attacks

iraqi refugee

By Doreen Abi Raad THE memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears. “These people know no limits of humanity, decency or respect for human life,” he said of the Islamic State fighters. Meeting with Catholic News Service on August 8 at the Caritas Lebanon Migrant ... Read More »

New leaders for student group

By Emilie Ng JESUIT Father Gregory Jordan has been appointed honorary chaplain “for life” of the Australian Catholic Students Association. An ACSA statement said Fr Jordan’s appointment was “a small way in which ACSA can thank” the Jesuit priest for his involvement over the past 13 years. Fr Jordan has been an official ACSA chaplain since 2006 but has been ... Read More »

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