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Church opposes moves to allow assisted suicide

THE campaign “Not Dead Yet” has launched an online petition ahead of a bill which would open the door to state-sanctioned assisted suicide in the United Kingdom. The forthcoming Private Members Bill, put forth by Lord Falconer, would give terminally ill elderly patients access to drugs with which to end their lives. This latest initiative of the “Not Dead Yet” ... Read More »

Date set for Israeli-Palestinian prayer for peace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday (June 8) to pray for peace. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed the date in a statement on May 29. During his recent visit to the Holy Land, the Pope spontaneously invited Mr Peres and Mr Abbas to come to the ... Read More »

Charities serving in Syria to meet at the Vatican

Syrians flee

CHARITABLE organisations operating in Syria will gather at the Vatican to address how to best operate in the midst of the nation’s crisis, the Vatican has announced. The meeting on May 30, hosted by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, aims to evaluate the work carried out so far by Catholic charitable organisations in the Syrian crisis, highlight critical themes that ... Read More »

Stop talking and do something

THE international community should stop posturing and start providing practical support in the struggle against extremist violence in Nigeria, says one of the country’s most senior Church leaders, whose city was rocked on May 20 by attacks that killed more than 100 people. Critical of the headline-grabbing displays of solidarity and statements of support by the United Nations and others, ... Read More »

Pope in Holy Land

POPE Francis’ visit to the Holy Land will be brief, intense and secure, Holy See press office director Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said at a press briefing. He shared with reporters details of the Pope’s itinerary and confirmed that in the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, the Holy Father would meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Bethlehem. “It will be a private ... Read More »

Church in US calls for return of kidnapped Nigerian girls

Protester

AN official from the United States episcopal conference called on the National Security Advisor to work with both Christian and Muslim faith-based groups in bringing a stop to the extremism espoused by groups such as Nigeria’s Boko Haram. The May 9 letter from Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, came in response to the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in ... Read More »

Cardinal praises courage and charity of Australian Catholics

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

AUSTRALIA’S history has been marked by the “constant endeavour” of the Catholic Church to provide healthcare, education and charitable services, the Holy See Secretary of State said on April 30. Speaking at a Mass to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Australia and the Holy See on April 28, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Catholic Australians “have courageously sought ... Read More »

Ten things I did differently this week because of John Paul II

By Tom Hoopes THE saints that will be canonised on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning a week of events leading up to the naming of Benedictine College’s St John Paul II Student Centre on his canonisation day, we devoted a day ... Read More »

The collision of freedom and law

By Fr John Flynn LC WITCH hunts are back, at least on the issue of homosexuality. On April 3, Brendan Eich, co-founder of Mozilla, (pictured) the organisation that runs the Firefox browser, was forced to step down from his newly appointed role as chief executive. His crime – some years ago he gave $1000 to support Proposition 8 in California, ... Read More »

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