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Returning to the East? Brisbane faithful join in the debate

Returning to the East? Brisbane faithful join in the debate

BRISBANE Catholics including a consultant to the Australian National Liturgical Council have responded to suggestions from the Church’s liturgy chief on returning to a “common orientation” of the Mass. Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal Robert Sarah made an appeal for all Catholic priests ... Read More »

Orlando shooting: God not ‘aggrieved spectator’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Orlando shooting: God not ‘aggrieved spectator’, Archbishop Coleridge says

ORLANDO’S religious leaders stood as a “symbol of hope” for the 50 killed and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in United States history on June 12. Bishop John Noonan of Orlando invited religious leaders, including Imam Tariq Rasheed and ministers from the local Baptist and Methodist churches, to ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement ... Read More »

Brisbane parish praying for Syria after seeing images of children affected by bomb blast

Brisbane parish praying for Syria after seeing images of children affected by bomb blast

BRISBANE’S Melkite Catholic Church community has expressed despair at the latest violence in Syria, and has vowed to dig deep to help war refugee families arriving in Brisbane. St Clement’s Melkite Church, South Brisbane parish priest Fr Elie Francis said the impact of the of the latest air strike on ... Read More »

Wheels set in motion to support mobile education in Cambodia

Wheels set in motion to support mobile education in Cambodia

AUSTRALIANS could help children in Cambodia receive an education and avoid the possibility of life in child sex trade by funding an innovative mobile centre. For more than a decade, the Daughters of Charity in Cambodia have offered education and care for children on the outskirts of the country’s capital. ... Read More »

Pacific Island bishops make surprise but welcome visit to Papua

Pacific Island bishops make surprise but welcome visit to Papua

VISITING Pacific island bishops have heard of on-going violence and repression faced by Papuan people during a rare visit to Indonesian’s most easterly province. A delegation of 20 bishops from the Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands were also told of Papuan desires for independence from ... Read More »

Pope releases document on marriage and family

Pope releases document on marriage and family

Update: April 13, 2016 POPE Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, (The Joy of Love) presents a pastoral approach to the most vexing marriage and family issues,  including the reintegration into the Church of Catholics who divorce and remarry in civil ceremonies. A striking aspect of the 256-page document is Pope ... Read More »

Seventy-five per cent of Syrian population live in poverty

Seventy-five per cent of Syrian population live in poverty

FIVE years after the Syrian civil war began, the conflict’s legacy is one of the biggest humanitarian crises since the Second World War.In response, one of the largest humanitarian networks, Caritas, has reached 1.8 million Syrians in its programs in the past year alone.Caritas Australia’s head of emergencies Melville Fernandez ... Read More »

Pope urges people to channel Easter hope to combat ‘brutal violence’ of terrorism

Pope urges people to channel Easter hope to combat ‘brutal violence’ of terrorism

POPE Francis has spoken out about the senseless killing of the innocent, following an Easter marred by deadly bomb attacks in Belgium and Pakistan. Pakistan authorities launched a paramilitary crackdown in response to a suicide bombing on Easter Sunday in a public park in Lahore. At least 70 people were ... Read More »

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