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Pope sends letter to Tony Abbott ahead of G20 summit

Pope Francis

POPE Francis in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned that a “mindset in which individuals are ultimately discarded will never achieve peace or justice”. The letter was sent on the occasion of the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held this weekend in Brisbane. The Holy Father said the meeting would provide an opportunity for the world ... Read More »

Dying is terrifying, that’s why we need courage

By Karna Swanson  BEFORE 29-year-old US citizen Brittany Maynard took her own life on November 1, choosing to avoid the pain and suffering caused by an aggressive and large brain tumor, she left the world with a clear message — don’t be afraid of assisted suicide. In the weeks leading up to her own suicide, Brittany advocated for giving others ... Read More »

Pope prays for students burned alive by drug cartels

POPE Francis is praying for and close to the people of Mexico after 43 Mexican students were burned alive in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero. “I would like to raise a prayer and draw close in our hearts to the people of Mexico, who are suffering from the loss of these students and many similar problems,” the Pope ... Read More »

Life is Nigeria’s cheapest commodity

A CATHOLIC bishop responsible for the area worst affected by Boko Haram has described the desperate needs of those who have fled the terrorist group – hitting out at the government for its failure to protect citizens. Responding to an urgent request from Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria, Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has ... Read More »

Pope reminds elderly that old age is time of grace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has reminded the elderly that old age was a particular time of grace and cautioned that a society that did not properly care for its seniors was one with “no future”. The Pope made the comments at a special celebration of the elderly in St Peter’s Square on September 28, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attending as a ... Read More »

World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since Second World War

Palestinian boy

CARITAS Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has warned that the world is facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Opening a High Level Caritas meeting from September 15 in Rome for the crises in the Middle East, he made an impassioned call for peace. “Further violence is never the answer,” he said. “It will just lead ... Read More »

Pope says without closeness and compassion, excellent preaching is useless

Pope Francis

BEAUTIFUL homilies are useless and mere vanity if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope. This was Pope Francis’ reflection on September 16 during morning Mass in Santa Marta, the day on which the Church remembers the Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, who were martyrs. The Gospel of ... Read More »

Slaughter of innocents

Abortion crisis in India

THE ratio of female to male infants continues to decline in India and a recent report by the United Nations warned that urgent action is needed to reverse the trend. The report, Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions, was published by the organisation UN Women. The ratio has gone from 976 girls to 1000 ... Read More »

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