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

Melissa Hitchman

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 »

Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

Fr Tom Keegan

“THOUGH 12,000 miles (19,300km) may divide us my thoughts will constantly fly back to the old folks at home,” Fr Tom Keegan wrote in November 1953 aboard the ship Otranto while he was steaming out to Australia from his home in Ireland. Memories from Fr Keegan’s life came back to life as his friends and family prepared for his 90th ... Read More »

What will be discussed at Australia’s plenary council?

Pope ordains

NOW that Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold an historic plenary council – the first in more than 80 years – what is the biggest hot-button issue up for discussion? For some, the issue is whether the Catholic Church should allow married men to become priests, a move that would end a ... Read More »

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

John Vitek

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 »

Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

POPE Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold its first plenary council – the most significant national church gathering  – in more than 80 years. “The Australian bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together ... Read More »

Nigerian priest details his honest experiences of Brisbane parishes in first memoir

Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi

A NIGERIAN Catholic priest in Brisbane has written a heartfelt book about his experiences working in a suburban Australian church, including dealing with culture shock and bridging cultural barriers. “At times, having a foreign priest is a source of tension for some parishioners who have not done much with people from other countries, particularly Africa,” Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi, who is ... Read More »

Levels of inequality in Australia need to be corrected as statistics show three million Australians are living in poverty

Joe Zabar

THREE million Australians, including more than 730,000 children, live in poverty, attendees at a Catholic Social Services Australia conference were told. “We are becoming a nation divided, with the spoils of economic growth becoming ever more concentrated in the hands of those already with wealth,” CSSA strategic operations and economic policy senior director Joe Zabar said. Mr Zabar quoted Pope ... Read More »

Australian Catholics asked to spend first three days of Lent in fasting and reparation for child sexual abuse victims

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CATHOLICS across Brisbane archdiocese are being called to join in three days of fasting and reparation at the start of Lent for the victims of child sexual abuse. “Through fasting, we stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse whose much deeper hunger is for healing and peace in their lives,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said, coinciding with a joint ... Read More »

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