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Greens pushing to scrap Our Father from parliament day

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WHEN parliament returns from its winter recess, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has vowed to renew her push for the Lord’s Prayer to be ditched from Federal parliamentary proceedings. She describes the opening of each day of parliament as “insulting”. “Considering there’s many people who aren’t religious, there’s many people of different faiths, it’s time we started having an institution that ... Read More »

Australians invited to Rome for Catholic Charismatic Renewal 50th anniversary thank Pope Francis for ‘joy-filled’ gathering

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AUSTRALIAN Catholics swept up in the grace of the Holy Spirit through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal finished a “joy filled” five-day pilgrimage to Rome for the movement’s 50th anniversary last week. Pope Francis welcomed more than 30,000 Catholics and a further 300 Evangelicals and Protestants to Rome to celebrate 50 years since the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The ... Read More »

A Mary heart in a Martha world

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IT’S glamorous to have no time. As semester one kicks into gear and the to-do list lengthens by the day, I find myself back in a wrestling match with the ghost of hyper-productive 16-year-old Kate. That Kate, heading into a chaotically busy final year of high school, was posed a question by a wise redhead: “What is the most important ... Read More »

Lord’s Prayer in parliament a good reminder of work beyond politics

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PRAYING the Lord’s Prayer in Queensland Parliament would remind politicians of a higher calling beyond politics, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Responding to a report in The Courier-Mail on mixed reaction from Labor ministers about the Lord’s Prayer during parliament, the Archbishop said the Lord’s Prayer was an “effective way” of setting parliament “in a larger context”. “At a time ... Read More »

In this month of Our Lady, pray the Rosary

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THE Order of Preachers has a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin and rejoices in her protection as patroness of the Order.  As October is a month traditionally devoted to the Holy Rosary and Our Lady, it seems an appropriate time to reflect upon her significance for us as Dominicans. It would be hard for any objective observer to doubt ... Read More »

Fatima apparition more relevant than ever for Australians, religious brother says

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OUR Lady’s famous apparition where she warned people “were falling like leaves into hell” should be a wake up call for Australia, a Brisbane religious Brother has said. De La Salle Brother Max Sculley has heeded these words of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a steadfast promoter of Australian Needs Fatima, an apostolate that promotes a Rosary rally on October ... Read More »

Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacanza, Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church Lent is always a time to experience God’s mercy, and in this jubilee year, even more so. In conversation with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church, he pointed out the thread that unites fasting, the indulgences and the works of mercy. And he reminded ... Read More »

Prayer can work miracles, pope says

PRAYER can bring miracles and it keeps hearts from growing hard, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on January 12 in the Casa Santa Marta. “It’s the prayer of the faithful that brings change to the Church,” the Pope said. “It’s not us popes, bishops or priests who carry the Church forward, but the saints.” The Pope focused his ... Read More »

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