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Pope Francis tells new Australian bishops to listen

BISHOPS don’t discern God’s will by lording over his flock, but only by listening and participating in the lives of those entrusted to his care, Pope Francis has told 120 new bishops including four Australians. Speaking at the end of the annual training school for bishops, commonly known as the “baby bishops school”, Pope Francis reminded the bishops to “cultivate ... Read More »

Listening should be primary focus of Plenary Council, Queensland committee members say

Queensland Plenary Council executive committee members

QUEENSLAND Catholics appointed to advise the Plenary Council Bishops’ Commission say the Church needs to listen to the experiences of the faithful in order to plan for a viable future. Former Emmanuel Community moderator Shayne Bennett, ACU campus minister Sally Hood and Townsville theologian Fr Orm Rush are among 14 Catholics appointed to the plenary council executive committee. This committee will ... Read More »

Budget critics hit out at ‘deliberate humiliation’ of young people and older Australians

Budget concerns

THE 2017 federal budget offers no new hope to those on the margins of society, especially those without work, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said. “A lack of regard for the poor and marginalised alienates them from society rather than allowing them to participate fully within it,” ACBC president Archbishop Denis Hart said. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison defended Budget 2017, handed ... Read More »

Fr Ken Howell asks for prayers as he prepares to become a bishop

THERE must be something in the Gold Coast waters with the city’s second priest – Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell – being named a bishop for Queensland. Fr Howell was named the seventh auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane yesterday (March 28), and will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge from his episcopal ordination on June 14. The 59-year-old, who has looked ... Read More »

Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell named auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

Fr Kenneth Howell

POPE Francis has appointed Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell as an auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane. Bishop-elect Howell will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the Brisbane archdiocese, where he has been a priest for 34 years. Following his appointment, Bishop-elect Howell said the opportunity to serve as auxiliary Bishop of his home city was “both a joy and ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: What happens after World Youth Day?

World Youth Day

THROUGHOUT the planning and preparation that goes into organising pilgrimages for WYD2016, a lot of focus has been on how best to  prepare and support pilgrims throughout the WYD pilgrimage experience. It is just as essential, however, to consider the question of what happens after WYD and how we can support pilgrims after this “mountain top” experience?  In 2014, Archbishop ... Read More »

Faith overflowing at city of churches youth festival

Bishop selfie

AUSTRALIA’S largest Catholic youth festival has inspired a Brisbane teenager to teach young women to respect their bodies and heed to Catholic teaching on sexuality. Speaking with an internationally renowned United States chastity speaker Jason Evert convinced the young teenager that the Church’s teachings on chastity and purity were important. Grace King, a Year 8 student at Loreto College, Coorparoo, returned ... Read More »

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