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Croatian priest appointed as link between Rome and Beijing says Church in China is ‘living in semi-freedom’

Croatian priest appointed as link between Rome and Beijing says Church in China is ‘living in semi-freedom’

THE title on his business card gives little away – Holy See Study Mission, Hong Kong. For the past seven-and-a-half years, Monsignor Ante Jozic, an astute Croatian who previously worked at the Holy See nunciature in Moscow, has held one of the Catholic Church’s most delicate and intriguing diplomatic positions anywhere in the world. Working under the innocuous “study mission” ... Read More »

‘Our people are struggling simply to survive’: Horn of Africa experiencing worst famine since WWII

‘Our people are struggling simply to survive’: Horn of Africa experiencing worst famine since WWII

Overseas help: Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan visiting Kitui, Kenya, where he met communities and families impacted by drought. Photo: Caritas Australia. FAMINE in the Horn of Africa is shaping as the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, an Australian Catholic aid expert says. “It is unnerving when you see the scale of the disaster,” Caritas ... Read More »

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

A NEW focus on domestic violence in Papua New Guinea has revealed the Church at the forefront of providing for child victims. In a country where Human Rights Watch estimates 70 per cent of women are raped during their lifetime, the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen has built a care centre for vulnerable children, which its Australian designer says could be ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics rejoice as Church approves canonisation of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Brisbane Catholics rejoice as Church approves canonisation of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto

VISIONARIES Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three Fatima children who witnessed Marian apparitions 100 years ago, will be canonised on May 13. Pope Francis will canonise the two saintly siblings during his visit to Fatima for the 100th anniversary celebrations, making them the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints in the Church’s history. Brisbane Catholics who are preparing ... Read More »

Leading clinical psychologist praises veteran program ‘Timor Awakening’

Leading clinical psychologist praises veteran program ‘Timor Awakening’

A LEADING clinical psychologist has praised the “quality healing” of the rehabilitation program Timor Awakening, which is helping veterans deal with PTSD, substance abuse, isolation and thoughts of committing suicide. Brisbane-based Dr John Barletta, who volunteered as a consultant on the Timor Awakening program, said “it has been inspiring to see veterans and leaders connect, support, guide, challenge, and educate one ... Read More »

‘We know the souls of the people who have been murdered’: Brisbane Coptics weep for faithful killed in deadly Palm Sunday bombings

‘We know the souls of the people who have been murdered’: Brisbane Coptics weep for faithful killed in deadly Palm Sunday bombings

HUNDREDS of Coptic Orthodox families in Brisbane began Holy Week with heartfelt prayers for loved ones after deadly church bombings in Egypt. “It is painful. It is tragedy. It is part of the pain that Jesus our Christ carried for us,” Egyptian-born Fr Bishoy Wassef, from St Mark and St George Coptic Orthodox Church, Strathpine, said. “Now we pray, and ... Read More »

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