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Gaudete et Exsultate: New apostolic letter calls all Catholics to lives of holiness

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POPE Francis has released a new apostolic letter to each and every Christian – a down-to-earth call to holiness in the midst of our everyday lives. Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”), subtitled “On the call to holiness in today’s world” is Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation, after Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in 2013, and Amoris ... Read More »

Logan Catholic school’s hub builds community for isolated mothers and refugees

St Francis College Crestmead community hub

HOLLYE Erskine could have been one of those mums who lost contact with the outside world after giving birth, but a project at her local Catholic school provided a different option. The mother-of-three is a regular visitor to the Community Hub at St Francis College, Crestmead – a project that helps local families combat isolation. The hub is part of ... Read More »

The Pope’s message of mercy is eluding our leaders

IN Italy, about 5700 people were pulled to safety last weekend as they attempted the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.  On the same weekend, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced proposed tough legislation banning any person arriving in Australia by boat from mid-July 2013, from ever entering the country. From one side of the world to the other, the ... Read More »

Parish challenged to show face of mercy for migrants and refugees

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FATHER John Kunnathumadappillil drew on his first experience of encountering a “strange country, strange people and strange means of transport” in helping his congregation reflect on the importance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday recently. “I did not know what to do and I was nearly lost,” Fr Kunnathumadappillil said in his homily at Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. The ... Read More »

‘Myriad of cultural communities’ show off different ways to worship

BRISBANE’S annual Multicultural Mass is a snapshot of the future of the Catholic Church in Australia, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge concelebrated at the annual Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday to mark the end of Migrant and Refugee Week. More than 1200 people attended. Evangelisation Brisbane director Clyde Cosentino said the “magnificent” Mass was a “microcosm” of ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

‘This is killing me’: Husband desparate to be with detained wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden “THIS is killing me,” Milad Jafari said in Darwin after having visited his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor in immigration detention. The 21-year-old refugees from Iran, married for 10 months, were separated on August 7 when Ms Shamsalipoor was transferred from a Brisbane detention centre to another in Darwin after her asylum claim was rejected. Hundreds of people, including ... Read More »

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, Pope says

Sub-Saharan migrants

THE Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders”, welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope said the Church’s concern for the whole person motivated its material aid to immigrants and ... Read More »

Pope calls for ‘globalisation of charity’ to protect migrants

Sub-Saharan refugees

POPE Francis called for the “globalisation of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. The Pope’s words appeared in his annual message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which in 2015 will be observed on January 18. The Vatican released the Pope’s message, “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to ... Read More »

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