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Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

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

Pope Francis

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 »

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

Mark and TInk Boyd

A QUEENSLAND couple with seven children will lead the official Australian pilgrimage to the ninth World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin in August. Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, first attended a World Meeting of Families conference in Mexico City in 2009 after an invitation from then Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan. “It just opened our eyes to the evangelising ... 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 »

Brisbane bishop shares brotherly laugh with Pope Francis in first meeting

Bishop Joseph Oudeman meets Pope Francis

FORMER Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman has finally crossed off meeting Pope Francis from his bucket list just months after retiring from ministry. Despite having been a bishop for Pope Francis’ entire papacy, Bishop Oudeman had not been given a chance to meet the Holy Father before retiring in March. He finally met Pope Francis during a pilgrimage for Capuchin ... Read More »

Pope Francis pushes for peace during Colombia visit

Papa Francesco

POPE Francis arrived in Colombia for a Papal visit at a delicate time–  a 2016 peace treaty between the biggest leftist rebel group and the elected government is being implemented to put an end to a 52-year civil conflict. The deal disarms and demobilises the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as the FARC, from their Spanish initials), but there ... Read More »

International aid agency helping to rebuild troubled Myanmar

Poor child in Myanmar

FOR the past 15 years, Kevin Meese has been visiting Myanmar and has witnessed hard times of suppression under the country’s strict military rulers. Now, the Melbourne director of Catholic Mission is optimistic about Myanmar’s future as it presses ahead with democratic reforms, and he believes the Church has a vital role to play. He welcomes the announcement that Pope ... Read More »

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