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Summit on child protection opens with Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of evil acts committed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the powerful impact of hearing from child sexual abuse survivors during the opening of an historic Vatican summit on child protection. “I was surprised at the way tears welled up,” Archbishop Coleridge said of the pre-recorded video testimonials from abuse survivors.  They included one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge under a global media spotlight in Rome as abuse summit begins

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church as “a global emergency”, and a Vatican summit this week “requires a global response”. For Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and finding himself under a global media spotlight in Rome as the summit begins, the urgency of the abuse crisis requires concrete, ... Read More »

The Catholic Church and the LGBTI community: loving the sinner while enlightening the sin

INSIDERS have said the Church’s decision to seek the advice of the LGBTI community has “stirred unease” among some Catholics.  Many fear the conference could result in radical change at a time when issues such as the ordination of female priests and the relaxing of mandatory celibacy rules are already hotly contested. Recently Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli invited 80 members ... Read More »

Turning dialogue into action – summit about tackling abuse needs to be more than just words

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appealed for concerted Church action and cultural change ahead of the summit on clerical sexual abuse Pope Francis has called for February 21-24 for the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world.  “There will be many words spoken in discussion, in prayer and so on, but if those words don’t give birth to action and ... Read More »

Pope Francis blesses Australia during his official meeting with Scalabrinian New Farm priest

TOPICS including migration, prayer and the elderly were at the forefront of recent discussions between Pope Francis and New Farm parish priest Scalabrinian Father Martin Ignacio Gutierrez. Fr Gutierrez was in Rocca Di Papa, Italy, at the time for the general chapter of the Scalabrinian Fathers, to elect a new superior general. The Scalabrinians are an international community of religious ... Read More »

Largest survey of young Catholics shows ‘great hope’ for millennials

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AUSTRALIA’S Bishops will use results from the largest survey of young Catholics in Australia to support young people facing problems with mental health, relationships, politics and living the faith in a secular world. More than 15,000 young peopled aged 16 to 29 completed a survey last year initiated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for the upcoming Synod of Bishops ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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