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Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone wants married men to help with ministerial shortages

A BRISBANE deacon has called for the Church to consider ending its centuries-old tradition of not allowing married men to become priests. Deacon Gary Stone, a chaplain to the ex-service community, married for 47 years and with four children, says there are simply not enough priests to celebrate the sacraments, and it is time to return to an earlier Church ... Read More »

Pope accepts Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

Philip Wilson

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson convicted of concealing child abuse by a priest, taking action amid loud and public calls for his dismissal from Catholics, priests and even the prime minister. Wilson, 67, who submitted his resignation to the Pope on July 20, said he hoped his decision would be a “catalyst to heal ... Read More »

Aussie polar explorer Jade Hameister tells Vatican conference to act faster on global warming threat

Jade Hameister

A YOUNG Australian explorer has shared her witness of melting polar ice at a Vatican conference discussing the devastating impacts of climate change. Seventeen-year-old Jade Hameister, the youngest person ever to ski both the North and South poles and to cross the polar ice cap on Greenland, implored world leaders to give her generation “a fighting chance” in combating global ... Read More »

Pope Francis signs up for his third World Youth Day

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has signed up to pray with an expected 500,000 young people, including pilgrims from Brisbane, for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama. While Pope Francis registered for the youth gathering after praying the Angelus on February 11, 2018, the Holy See only confirmed his presence in Panama on July 9. The Pope will arrive in Panama on ... Read More »

Governor-General gifts Pope Francis with personalised Socceroos jersey

Pope receives Socceroos jersey

AUSTRALIA’S Governor-General has tried to win a new fan for the Socceroos during an official audience with Pope Francis on June 25. Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove met with the Holy Father in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The Governor-General presented the Argentina-born Pontiff with a personalised Socceroos jersey to encourage him to cheer for Australia ... Read More »

Priest leading national support for refugees, migrants says parishes need to ‘hear their cry’

Fr Maurizio Pettena

FR Maurizio Pettena firmly believes the key to welcoming migrants and refugees into parish life is listening to their stories. “Let’s be attentive to details,” Fr Pettena, director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said, launching the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be held on Sunday, August 26. “Hear their cry – where they come ... Read More »

Prime Minister to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to deliver a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22. “Now we have uncovered the shocking truth we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said, announcing the Federal Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into ... Read More »

Brisbane invites pilgrims to World Youth Day Panama in January

Panama pilgrims receive the WYD Cross and Icon

I REMEMBER going to Mass as a teenager and looking around my parish thinking, “Am I normal?” As one of the few young people at my parish, I could count on one hand the total number of other teenagers at Mass on Sundays. The idea that I would someday celebrate my Catholic faith with thousands of other young people, seemed ... Read More »

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

Pope Francis offers blessing for Plenary Council

THE Catholic Church in Australia has officially launched the Plenary Council 2020 – with support and blessings from Pope Francis – setting off a three-year conversation about the future shape of the Church and its mission. Launched on the feast of Pentecost, May 20, the plenary council will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, ... Read More »

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