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Overview of Pope Francis’ leadership style

ON THE WAY WITH POPE FRANCIS. Our Destination: A Renewed Church. John Thornhill. St Paulís Publications. Strathfield. NSW. 2014.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn FR John Thornhill, Marist priest and respected theologian, gives an interpretation in 68 pages of the pastoral approach he believes Pope Francis is adopting in his leadership of the Catholic Church. Fr Thornhill explains that issues considered ... Read More »

Seven tips for helping a friend in an abusive relationship

Girl looking out window sadly

By Michaela Daphne I DIDN’T know I was in an abusive relationship until I wasn’t in one anymore. It was several months afterwards that I saw a billboard in the city that said, “Is he watching what you spend, is he telling you who to be friends with, is he telling you how to dress? Did you know this is abuse?” ... Read More »

Reaching out to service veterans

By Deacon Gary Stone THE 100th anniversary of ANZAC has been given massive media attention. Many commemorative events over the coming four years will remember the sacrifices and service of the many men and women and their families who experienced the Great War. Already on our television screens we have seen a number of documentaries reflecting on the Gallipoli Campaign. ... Read More »

Preserving peace and freedom

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Anzac Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral. WE know what happened on this day 100 years ago at Anzac Cove.  The facts have been much reported and photographed. But what’s less clear is the meaning of the facts; that’s why we have so many different interpretations of what happened. Was it ... Read More »

Death penalty is no answer

This is an excerpt from a recent address Pope Francis gave to the International Association of Criminal Law. I GREET you all cordially and want to express my personal gratitude for your service to society and the valuable contribution you make to the development of a justice that respects the dignity and rights of the human person, without discriminations. I ... Read More »

Staying teen engaged

By Kym Keady THE more speaking engagements I do, the more convinced I am of the important role parents play in their teenagers sexual education – in fact, every part of their lives. As a parent of teenagers myself, I feel “in the thick” of it every day; the emotions of their stage of life, the joy and pain, the ... Read More »

Finding faith on the court

By Patrick Ransom THE boys. It’s the name affectionately given to each young man’s group of closest male companions. I am blessed to have a diverse mix of friends from various walks of life – friends from school, university, work, ministry and some of my other hobbies. These young men are my peers, my friends, my mates, but simultaneously they ... Read More »

Easter people are beyond joy

By Selina Venier FORGET four weddings and a funeral, our adventure was a baptism and a wedding on the same day. It might sound “un-doable” but in fact, it was quite the opposite. The baptism was celebrated early and had all the glorious trimmings of lived faith: committed and vocal parents and godparents, siblings obviously connected to ritual and prayer, ... Read More »

Easter is always and everywhere

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Easter Sunday homily ON Good Friday morning, after the Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral, I had an encounter with a lady who had come to the Cathedral to protest, which is of course her right. She was anxious about a number of things in the Church, one of which was sexual abuse. ... Read More »

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