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Praying for Iraq sisters

By Paul Dobbyn TWO religious sisters from Iraq with a Brisbane connection are living an increasingly perilous existence in the country’s north as sectarian violence rapidly spirals out of control. Daughters of Jesus’ Sacred Heart Sisters Samar Mikha and Azhar Koka returned to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, in November 2012. When they spoke to The Catholic Leader shortly before ... Read More »

Blessed day

By Peter Bugden BISHOP Michael McCarthy, celebrating his first ordination since becoming Bishop of Rockhampton, assured two new deacons the people they served would call out their pastoral gifts. Bishop McCarthy, whose episcopal ordination was on May 29, ordained Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on June 19 as they work towards ... Read More »

Catholic agency launches first national energy efficiency network

NEEN launches in Queensland

QUEENSLAND faith-based and not for profit leaders gathered in Brisbane this month for the launch of the first national energy efficiency network, or NEEN. Initiated by ecological Church agency Catholic Earthcare, and with funding from the Australian Government, NEEN offers a “learning community approach” to enable sustainable action. The project features 14 case studies from communities across Australia to show ... Read More »

Even under attack, family shows its importance, Vatican official says


THE continuing strength of many traditional families around the world and the longing of many people to have such a family demonstrate that “despite past or even current challenges, the family, in fact, is the fundamental unit of human society”, the Vatican observer to United Nations agencies in Geneva said. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on June 24, Archbishop ... Read More »

Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated

Pope Francis greets people

IN the stronghold of an Italian crime syndicate believed to be richer and more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, Pope Francis said, “Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!” During a Mass on June 21 in the southern region of Calabria, Pope Francis made clear that even ... Read More »

Iraq bishops meeting to discuss nation’s crisis

Iraq attack

CATHOLIC bishops from Iraq are meeting this week to come up with a “rescue plan” amid growing fears that the ISIL Islamist attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country. The meeting of the Chaldean hierarchy, which starts on June 24, comes after the military success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ... Read More »

Vatican publishes reflection on discerning essentials of faith

Cardinal Muller

WHEN a significant portion of the Catholic faithful ignore or reject a Church teaching, it is often – but not always – a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith or that Church leaders simply have not found a way to explain the teaching, members of the International Theological Commission said. The commission published the document “‘Sensus ... Read More »

Bishop and Pax Christi USA call for diplomacy to resolve Iraq crisis

Iraq conflict

SAYING the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country. In a letter to US national security advisor Susan Rice, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, called upon the ... Read More »

Waiting in hope

By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan husband-and-wife asylum seekers Elizabeth and Suji Sunderalingam, of Springfield, are praying for a miracle. The Tamil couple, who are members of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish, recently became first-time parents and had their baby Karistian baptised there. Now they are praying for Australian citizenship. Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte said the parish was ... Read More »

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