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Pray for peace, sow harmony, look to Mary as model disciple, Pope says

Pope Francis

PEACE is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one’s family, parish and community, Pope Francis said. “At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don’t get along with that ... Read More »

Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

Pope Francis

“QUALITY of life” proponents who think the gravely ill lead lives not worth living are peddling a great lie, Pope Francis said in a message for the 2015 World Day of the Sick. Criticising approaches that devalued human lives, especially the lives of those who suffered from serious illness, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of offering increased care and concern ... Read More »

Australian bishops visiting Iraqi Christians see Christ ‘reborn again’

iraq visit

 CHRIST is being “reborn again in the lowly stable” this Christmas because of the remarkable faith of Iraqi Christians who were driven out of their homes, said Australian bishops who visited refugees in Lebanon and the displaced in Irbil, Iraq. The December 15-19 mission of the seven bishops was aimed at offering spiritual support, humanitarian aid and hope to Christians exiled ... Read More »

Opening series of talks on the family, Pope extols Mary and St Joseph

Pope Francis

AT his last weekly public audience of 2014, Pope Francis started a series of talks on the family with a reflection on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and St Joseph as a model for all Christian families. The Pope spoke on December 17 after getting cheers, balloons and even a birthday cake as he arrived for the audience that ... Read More »

Pope appoints Australian woman to child protection panel

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has named an Australian woman among new appointments to his papal commission on child protection. Founder and now retired director of CatholicCare, in Wollongong, NSW, Kathleen McCormack, was among those who the Vatican named as new members of the commission on December 17. CatholicCare provides essential social services and counselling. Starting in the 1990s, Ms McCormack also became ... Read More »

Praising Our Lady

PRECEDED by a procession of flags from the nations of the Americas and the recitation of the rosary in Spanish, Pope Francis and thousands of Catholics from across the Atlantic celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rome. The Argentina-born pope celebrated the December 12 Mass to the sounds and rhythms of many of South America’s indigenous peoples; ... Read More »

Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, Pope says

Pope Francis greets children

NO saint was ever known for having a “funeral face”, Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, on December 14, Pope Francis paid an evening visit to Rome’s St ... Read More »

Vatican report calls United States women religious to continued dialogue

Religious report

A MASSIVE, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of United States communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership. Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics as a punitive measure, the ... Read More »

Wrestling with trauma

TEN years after a giant tsunami swept across south Asia, survivors across the region still wrestle with the trauma that lingers long after the water receded from thousands of seaside towns and villages. “When the waters rose around my house during recent flooding, it brought back memories of the tsunami, and I felt some of that fear all over again,” ... Read More »

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