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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 »

Outside the square

Outside the square

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for a “pastoral creativity” and for the Church to “speak and act differently” as the synod on the family continues in Rome. Archbishop Coleridge, one of two Australian bishops at the synod, said it was wrong to think the gathering of bishops had to adopt an “all or nothing” response to Church teaching and ... Read More »

Jesus’ love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says

Jesus’ love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says

CELEBRATING the feast of St Matthew, a day he considers a turning point in his own journey of faith, Pope Francis told thousands of Cubans that Jesus knows who they really are and calls them to walk with him. Arriving in the eastern city of Holguin from Havana on September 21, the pope went directly to the city’s Revolution Square ... Read More »

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

WHILE a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he was not “promoting the nullity of marriages, ... Read More »

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