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“Church suffering” paved the way to faith for Monsignor Tomas Halik

CZECH Republic Catholic priest Monsignor Tomas Halik knows about the “Church suffering” first hand – it turned him into a courageous man of faith. Raised under eastern Europe’s repressive communism, Msgr Halik trained underground to become a priest, and his ordination had to be kept secret – even from his mother. “I realised … I had to be part of ... Read More »

MS sufferer Fiona Ward prepares for emotional journey to walk again

Fiona Ward

BUNDABERG mum Fiona Ward is hopefully five weeks away from walking without a cane or using a wheelchair for the first time in a year. The mother of three and parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, Bundaberg, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. Her health has declined dramatically in the past year, leaving the former police officer wheelchair-bound and in ... Read More »

Hope for the suffering

MINISTERING Holy Communion to her dying relative led Camp Hill parishioner Mary Thomas to offer hope to people with chronic pain at Brisbane’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital. The St Vincent’s Brisbane Pain Management Service programs co-ordinator first noticed the hospital’s dedicated care for patients after ministering to her cousin. “My cousin was dying of breast cancer here and I was ... Read More »

Tears often are only correct response to suffering, Pope tells youths

Pope Francis embraces child

THE realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the first text he had prepared for a meeting yesterday (January 18) with the young people of the Philippines. “Certain realities in life can only be seen through eyes cleansed by tears,” the ... Read More »

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