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Bishops call on politicians to support marriage and popular vote

Marriage

  CATHOLIC bishops have urged Australian politicians to resolve the ongoing debate on proposals to redefine marriage. A Senate report on holding a popular vote on marriage was tabled on September 16.
 
 In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and ... Read More »

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

Pope Francis

WHILE a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he was not “promoting the nullity of marriages, ... Read More »

Call for national child sex abuse police reporting law

francis sullivan

THE Truth Justice and Healing Council has called for the introduction of a new, consistent nation-wide criminal law requiring the reporting to the police of suspected child sexual abuse. In its submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issues paper number 8, Police and Prosecution Responses, the TJHC recommends the new law should require anyone ... Read More »

Mission on the margins

fr kevin o'neill

ONE parish is more than a handful for any priest, but Fr Kevin O’Neill’s territory extends from Myanmar to Mexico, and many points in between. As Superior General of St Columban’s Mission Society, Fr O’Neill is leader of missionaries working in 16 countries around the world. Hailing from Geelong, Victoria, the 52-year-old joined the Columbans in 1984, was ordained in ... Read More »

Taking a rest on the Lord’s day

By Clare Burns HARVARD Medical School says sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory and learning. While these experts state they don’t know why we need sleep, without it our reasoning, problem-solving ability and attention to detail suffers. In short – rest is important. The bible often makes reference to rest, even Jesus and his disciples needed ... Read More »

Papal trip to Iraq

POPE Francis is planning to make a trip to war-torn Iraq, but the journey is still in planning stages. “It is Pope Francis’ intention to go to Iraq and I believe, without a doubt, he will do so, although I cannot foresee the opportune moment now because everyone understands that this is still a very problematic time for the country,” ... Read More »

Marriage important to sisters

By Emilie Ng BEING called bigots hasn’t stopped three Brisbane women religious from campaigning against moves to legalise same-sex marriage. Verbum Dei consecrated missionary sisters have written letters to all members of parliament in the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties, and independents, warning about the consequences of changing the Marriage Act. Verbum Dei Sister Frances Drum, who is also a ... Read More »

A walk of faith on Ireland’s holiest mountain

IF you’re ever on the west coast of Ireland, take some time out, strap on your walking shoes and take a spiritual adventure to Croagh Patrick. Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. It is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. It was on ... Read More »

Undertaking a fruitful spiritual journey

This is a Lenten message to the people of Lismore diocese from Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett  POPE Francis was elected to the See of Peter a year ago on March 13, 2013. His inauguration Mass was celebrated in St Peter’s Square six days later, on the feast of St Joseph. In the intervening twelve months we have witnessed the secular media, ... Read More »

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