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Teach your children well, always be by their side, Pope Francis urges

ON the feast of St Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus’ earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children’s side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them. “I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side. They ... Read More »

Tamil priest arrested

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has joined other organisations in seeking the release of a Tamil priest and a human rights activist who have been arrested in Sri Lanka’s north and imprisoned in Colombo. The arrests of Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Praveen Mahesan and activist Ruki Fernando have come as Sri Lanka faces censure ... Read More »

Pope leading by his example

POPE Francis’ most frequent advice and exhortation to Catholics – from laypeople in parishes to bishops and cardinals – is “Go forth”. In Italian, the phrase is even snappier – “Avanti”. He’s been doing exactly that this Lent by paying a visit to the parish of Santa Maria dell’Orazione on the outskirts of Rome on March 16. Hundreds of people ... Read More »

Praying for rain

By Paul Dobbyn ROMA’S parish priest Fr Jamie Collins has reason to believe in the power of prayer for rain. “The last time I organised a Day of Prayer for Rain was in 2009 when I was parish priest in St George,” he said. “A big storm came up through the afternoon that damaged the town clock and took the roof ... Read More »

Samoans hand faith on to next generation

THE first of five Samoan Masses to be held this year at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, attracted worshipers from Gold Coast and Brisbane communities. Samoan chaplain Fr Eparti Tamati, from Birkdale parish, celebrated the Samoan Mass on March 2 with local children taking part in the liturgy. The planned 2014 Masses are a move by a group of Nerang Samoan ... Read More »

Brisbane joins in prayer for Egypt

By Paul Dobbyn “EGYPT needs your prayers and we are so proud Egypt is the subject of this year’s World Day of Prayer.” Egypt’s Sydney consul general Ayman Ally Kamel delivered this and several other important messages as guest speaker at this year’s World Day of Prayer held in St Stephen’s Cathedral on March 7. Mr Kamel also spoke of ... Read More »

Reach of compassion

By Paul Dobbyn AWARENESS of how Catholics are supporting struggling parts of the world, including the Philippines and South America, was central to this year’s Queensland Project Compassion launch. Guest speakers Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan and Latin America programs co-ordinator Siobhan Jordan presented challenging yet uplifting stories to students from Catholic schools across Brisbane. Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

Caritas helping to change lives

Caritas Australia’s partner, Hope Agency for Relief and Development, is assisting Deng’s family with a food security program. Families like Deng’s can now be confident of a more secure future and can rebuild their lives. For the first 20 years of Deng’s life, he lived with his family in a small agricultural village in South Sudan. In 1983, civil war ... Read More »

Frankly speaking – top 10 Pope Francis quotes

Pope Francis

IN his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past year, Pope Francis has given the church a bounty of memorable sound bites. Here’s a look at what could be the top 10 most quotable quotes.   1. “Brothers and sisters, good evening. You all know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to ... Read More »

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