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Church opposes moves to allow assisted suicide

THE campaign “Not Dead Yet” has launched an online petition ahead of a bill which would open the door to state-sanctioned assisted suicide in the United Kingdom. The forthcoming Private Members Bill, put forth by Lord Falconer, would give terminally ill elderly patients access to drugs with which to end their lives. This latest initiative of the “Not Dead Yet” ... Read More »

Date set for Israeli-Palestinian prayer for peace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday (June 8) to pray for peace. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed the date in a statement on May 29. During his recent visit to the Holy Land, the Pope spontaneously invited Mr Peres and Mr Abbas to come to the ... Read More »

Rockhampton’s new bishop ordained

bishop michael mccarthy

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON’Ss newly-ordained Bishop Michael McCarthy has invited young people to answer the call to religious life.  “We need you to help us folk in the faith,” he told a packed congregation during his episcopal ordination Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral today Thursday.  The episcopal ordination of Rockhampton’s 10th bishop was held in glorious sunshine.  Bishop McCarthy was ... Read More »

Charities serving in Syria to meet at the Vatican

Syrians flee

CHARITABLE organisations operating in Syria will gather at the Vatican to address how to best operate in the midst of the nation’s crisis, the Vatican has announced. The meeting on May 30, hosted by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, aims to evaluate the work carried out so far by Catholic charitable organisations in the Syrian crisis, highlight critical themes that ... Read More »

Rockhampton’s new shepherd

Individuals from across Queensland have shared their congratulations, warm welcomes and well-wishes for Rockhampton Diocese’s new shepherd Bishop Michael McCarthy. Read the special messages from former diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Rockhampton Fr John Grace, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Rockhampton Catholic Education director Leesa Jeffcoat, co-ordinator of Diocesan Pastoral Services and editor of The Review in the Diocese of Rockhampton Marcia Mansfield, Brisbane’s Holy Spirit Seminary ... Read More »

Pope calls for world’s Christians to pray for peace

Pope Francis

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 »

Pope seeks closer ties among Christians, Jews and Muslims

Pope Francis in Holy Land

POPE Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region.  At his first appearance on May 26, Pope Francis toured the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, sacred to Muslims ... Read More »

Pope calls Christians to promote peace

CELEBRATING Mass on his first day in the Holy Land, Pope Francis said hope for peace in a region torn by sectarian conflicts comes from faith in God. “The way of peace is strengthened if we realise that we are all of the same stock and members of one human family, if we never forget that we have the same ... Read More »

Giving the people hope

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON’S Bishop-elect Michael McCarthy found the perfect position description for his new role while on retreat preparing to take the leadership reins. “The description of the bishop’s role was in Pope Francis’ exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel),” he said. “I read it while on retreat at Tarrawarra Abbey run by the Cistercians in Melbourne. “Pope ... Read More »

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