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Pope speaks openly of ways his pontificate may end

Pope Celestine

By Cindy Wooden SYMPATHISING with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis – half joking – said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end. “I think the pope’s definitive path is more certain. Where will the pope end up? There, in that tomb”, in St Peter’s Basilica where most popes ... Read More »

Divine Mercy is focus of official logo, prayer of World Youth Day 2016

WYD 2016 logo

THE official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 were unveiled in the event’s host city – Krakow, Poland –by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The Vatican released the information on the same day, July 3. The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew: “Blessed are the merciful, for ... Read More »

Bishop to unify diocese

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S newest bishop Columba Macbeth-Green was to have crossed two time zones and taken part in separate ceremonies in Parkes and Broken Hill on the way to assuming responsibility for the vast diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes Unusually, his episcopal ordination was to be in Parkes’ Holy Family Church on the morning of Thursday, July 3 with his installation in ... Read More »

Fr Columba’s heading home

By Paul Dobbyn EVEN when ordering his episcopal garments, Bishop-elect Columba Macbeth-Green was reminded of his police ministry spanning many years. As he explained, it happened through “sheer coincidence”. Just days away from his ordination as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes due to take place last Thursday, July 3, south-east Queensland’s much-loved and respected police chaplain of eight years was delighted to ... Read More »

Pope urges complete ban on producing, using land mines

Landmine victim

LANDMINES wound innocent civilians, “prolong war and nurture fear” long after conflicts have ended, Pope Francis told delegates working on the full implementation of an international treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel mines. “Reduce the stockpile of weapons! Ban weapons that have no reason for existing in human society and instead invest in education, healthcare, saving our planet ... Read More »

50 years of priestly life never dull

By Emilie Ng LIFE would have been radically different if Fr Leo Burke had chosen to be either an architect or an electrical engineer 50 years ago. The Victoria Point parish priest chose the priesthood over a professional career after meeting a number of “elderly priests” who were returning to his school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “It was Fr ... Read More »

Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

Israeli funeral

POPE Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found on June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the Pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon on July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally ... Read More »

Servants of Christ

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge warned the two men he ordained on June 27 that faithfulness to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was costly, but assured them that “it alone can open the door to joy”. Archbishop Coleridge ordained Fr Leonard Uzuegbu and Fr Marty Larsen at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of ... Read More »

Social ills are result of political, not just moral failures, Pope says

Pope Francis

MANY of today’s social ills are driven by a lack of adequate social policies and government support, not just selfishness and moral degradation, Pope Francis said. And, he added, standing up for the poor and disenfranchised was not a sign of being a communist, but was the mark of a true Christian. “The communists stole our cause. Rallying for the ... Read More »

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