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Australian ambassador to the Holy See gives insight into Vatican life during first visit to Queensland seminary

Melissa Hitchman

AUSTRALIA’S first resident woman ambassador to the Holy See Melissa Hitchman has described Pope Francis’ papacy as a “unique moment in history”. “He is willing to dialogue on issues that the Church has previously not been prepared to do,” Ms Hitchman said at the start of a mid-term tour during which she will be speaking with Australian Catholic leaders and ... Read More »

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 »

Fr Michael Grace called to study in Rome

Fr Michael Grace

QUEENSLAND’S next generation of priests might work closely with Fr Michael Grace, who is headed to Rome for a two-year course specialising in vocational formation. The Brisbane priest of eight years has accepted the invitation to study a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in Rome with specialisation in Vocational Formation. Archbishop Mark Coleridge invited Fr Grace to undertake the course at ... Read More »

South Coast deanery youth leader chosen for pre-synod meeting in Rome

Stephanie Santos

GOLD Coast youth leader Stephanie Santos wants to tell the world’s bishops that despite a sharp drop in the number of young Catholics at Mass, youth are hungry for the truth. Miss Santos has been invited to attend the Vatican’s pre-synod meeting in Rome next month, along with Melbourne Chaldean woman Angela Markas, who will represent Australia on behalf of ... Read More »

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

Fr Hans Zollner and Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014. Fr Zollner is president of ... Read More »

JPII in Australia: The moment I was tackled by the Federal police during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Darwin in 1986

St John Paul II in Australia

The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling reflects on his memory of John Paul II’s visit to Darwin on November 29, 1986 when he was working on a radio news story of the papal visit. THIS month marks 30 years since Pope John Paul II visited Australia. In six-and-a-half days, from November 24-December 1, the 66-year-old pontiff visited every state and territory, ... Read More »

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