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Pope prays for victims of downed plane, urges peace in Ukraine

THOUGH exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine. According to Australian news reports, as many as 108 of those who died on July 17 were on their way to Melbourne for the International AIDS Conference. Also killed ... Read More »

Cease-fire gives Gaza civilians chance to assess damage, seek aid

CIVILIANS in Gaza used a brief cease-fire to spill onto the streets and replenish scarce supplies, Church representatives said. The temporary end of hostilities on July 17 was to facilitate moving desperately needed aid into the area as well as give those who could leave a chance to escape, the Vatican’s Fides missionary news agency said. Three foreign Sisters of ... Read More »

Rare blend for family viewing

BLENDED: Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Terry Crews. Directed by Frank Coraci. 117 minutes. Rated PG (Sexual references and crude humour) By Kurt Jensen “BLENDED” is that rarity of rarities, a sincere family film, and since it stars Adam Sandler, whose trademark is scatological gags, it’s more than a bit of a surprise. At the same ... Read More »

British faith leaders warn Parliament not to legalise assisted suicide

THE leaders of Britain’s faith communities have united to warn Parliament against the “grave error” of legalising assisted suicide. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury joined 21 other of the most senior Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Jain faith leaders to protest the Assisted Dying Bill. The legislation scheduled to be ... Read More »

Jesus would have been a great TV evangelist, papal preacher says

THE Gospel is made for television and Jesus Christ would have been a perfect on-air evangelist, the papal preacher said. Televised programming required “brevity, concision, applicability to life, and word and images blended together,” preacher of the papal household Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said. “It is an endeavour one can undertake without betraying the Gospel, quite the contrary, by imitating ... Read More »

Phone calls, evacuations: Gaza’s Christians work together to stay safe

Gaza Strip

MEMBERS of the tiny Christian community in the Gaza Strip have been keeping tabs on each other and lending a helping hand to keep each other safe during Israeli airstrikes throughout the region, but nowhere in the territory is really safe, said a priest at the territory’s only Catholic parish. Fr Jorge Hernandez, an Argentine member of the Institute of ... Read More »

Heavy dose of vulgarity

TRANSFORMERS – AGE OF EXTINCTION: Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Michael Bay. 165 minutes. Rated M (Action viuolence and coarse language) By John Mulderig THERE may, no doubt, be circumstances that would justify a film having a running time close to three hours. Some lavish adaptation of a Dickens novel, perhaps, or a sweeping ... Read More »

Leading by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

Pope Francis

By Carol Glatz MORE than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the Church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican. The morning he dedicated to six men and women who had been abused by clergy was a powerful combination of upholding the importance of having the letter of the ... Read More »

Court may compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

LOUISIANA’S Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case. The priest, Fr Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jailing if found to be in contempt of the court should he ... Read More »

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