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Catholic cemetery manager welcomes new instructions on cremation

Catholic cemetery manager welcomes new instructions on cremation

NEW instructions on the cremation of Catholics outlining an end to scattering ashes or keeping them in domestic residences are “not new information” to a Brisbane cemetery manager. David Molloy has been the manager of Nudgee Cemetery since 2003, 40 years after the Holy See approved cremation as an option for conserving the remains of the dead. He said as ... Read More »

Pope Francis pays tribute to life ‘marked by the love of Jesus’

Pope Francis pays tribute to life ‘marked by the love of Jesus’

CARMEN Hernandez, co-founder of the worldwide Neocatechumenal Way, was a confidant of popes and cardinals – her views and insights widely and immensely respected, especially concerning the dignity of women. After the 85-year-old died at home in Madrid on July 19, Pope Francis described her life as one “marked by her love of Jesus and by a great missionary enthusiasm ... Read More »

Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

  LENT is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said. “Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit,’ the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins on Feb. 10 for Latin-rite ... Read More »

Prayer can work miracles, pope says

Prayer can work miracles, pope says

PRAYER can bring miracles and it keeps hearts from growing hard, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on January 12 in the Casa Santa Marta. “It’s the prayer of the faithful that brings change to the Church,” the Pope said. “It’s not us popes, bishops or priests who carry the Church forward, but the saints.” The Pope focused his ... Read More »

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

ON a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice”. With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy”. The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was ... Read More »

What Pope Francis told Queensland Catholic educators

What Pope Francis told Queensland Catholic educators

QUEENSLAND Catholic education leaders have returned from Rome with a personal call from Pope Francis etched in their minds and hearts. The Pope inspired the educators at a world congress on Catholic education, Educating Today and Tomorrow – A renewing passion, held in Rome from November 18-21. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was among about 1000 delegates ... Read More »

Words matter

Words matter

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said a “whole new language is needed” to continue the work from the synod on the family, which ends in Rome this weekend. And Archbishop Coleridge believes a national synod could be the next step in a search for a new pastoral approach. While saying “there is no groundswell of support for the change of Church ... Read More »

A little bit of Australia in the Eternal City turns four

A little bit of Australia in the Eternal City turns four

DOMUS Australia, a boutique guesthouse in Rome that offers daily Mass to visiting Australians, will celebrate its fourth anniversary this month. The property was established by the Arch- diocese of Sydney with the support of other Australian dioceses and was officially opened on October 19, 2011. On that day four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI came through the crowd filled ... Read More »