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Carmelite invited to start NSW monastery awaiting first family hug in six years

Carmelite invited to start NSW monastery awaiting first family hug in six years

GEORGINA Brazier hasn’t held her daughter Elizabeth in more than six years, but “a miracle” could bring the pair together later this year. The Catholic mother-of-eight from the Blue Mountains won’t hold back when her daughter, who goes by the religious name of Sr Mariam of Jesus Crucified, arrives in Australia to start a new Carmelite monastery. “We haven’t hugged ... Read More »

Australian ambassador to the Holy See gives insight into Vatican life during first visit to Queensland seminary

Australian ambassador to the Holy See gives insight into Vatican life during first visit to Queensland seminary

AUSTRALIA’S first resident woman ambassador to the Holy See Melissa Hitchman has described Pope Francis’ papacy as a “unique moment in history”. “He is willing to dialogue on issues that the Church has previously not been prepared to do,” Ms Hitchman said at the start of a mid-term tour during which she will be speaking with Australian Catholic leaders and ... Read More »

Oceania Bishops called to keep battling hate, ideology during Port Moresby meeting

Oceania Bishops called to keep battling hate, ideology during Port Moresby meeting

HUMAN rights, climate change and environmental protection have topped the agenda as Australian bishops joined more than 70 bishops from across Oceania for meetings in Port Moresby from April 11-18. In a keynote address to the Federation of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania, held every four years, Holy See secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin challenged the Church to identify ... Read More »

Drought behind region with worst youth unemployment, bush Sister says

Drought behind region with worst youth unemployment, bush Sister says

BUSH Sister of Charity Christine Henry believes prolonged drought is one reason outback Queensland has been identified as easily Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspot. A report by the anti-poverty group The Brotherhood of St Laurence has analysed Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment at its extreme – 67.1 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast ... Read More »

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

A QUEENSLAND couple with seven children will lead the official Australian pilgrimage to the ninth World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin in August. Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, first attended a World Meeting of Families conference in Mexico City in 2009 after an invitation from then Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan. “It just opened our eyes to the evangelising ... Read More »

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

CHILDREN of fathers who use violence want their dads to understand the significant impact that it has on their lives. A new study by a University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katie Lamb has led to children recording their stories, so they can be replayed to their fathers to get the message through. Dr Lamb (pictured), a criminologist and now a ... Read More »

Politicians urged to find better ways to care for sick and aged and say no to euthanasia

Politicians urged to find better ways to care for sick and aged and say no to euthanasia

PRO-life advocates are preparing to challenge a “cheap” and “dirty-joke” campaign to legalise euthanasia in Queensland and Western Australia, similar to the campaign in Victoria which last year led to the passing of an assisted-dying law. “What we witnessed in Victoria, and no doubt we will witness in the other jurisdictions too, is a cheapened form of ethical discussion in ... Read More »

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. John Vitek, the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press in Minnesota, which commissioned a study into why young Catholics leave the Church, said ... Read More »

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