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Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacanza, Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church Lent is always a time to experience God’s mercy, and in this jubilee year, even more so. In conversation with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church, he pointed out the thread that unites fasting, the indulgences and the works of mercy. And he reminded ... Read More »

Q&A with Peter Humeniuk

Peter Humeniuk

POPE Francis’s trip to Cuba last month paved the way for a historical meeting with Patriarch Krill of Moscow. It was the first time in history a Russian Orthodox patriarch and a Pope had met.  Aid to the Church in Need’s Russia expert Peter Humeniuk talks about the significant meeting for both the Catholic and Russian Orthodox church. Question: How ... Read More »

Q&A with Broncos CEO Paul White

Broncos CEO Paul While

Paul White began his adult life as a young policeman and aspiring footballer, two aspects that would go on to shape his professional and personal life significantly. Paul and his wife Angela travelled throughout Queensland with Paul’s career in law enforcement. Paul soon built a reputation as an authoritative figure with strong moral values. Values he would transfer into a ... Read More »

Q&A with Marie Mondu

Marie Mondu

Marie Mondu, Caritas PNG co-ordinatorPapua New Guinean local Marie Mondu was born in Bundi, PNG in 1977. She has worked with Caritas Australia’s program support team in PNG since 2008, starting as a research officer while at university.  Born into a life of poverty, Marie has an interest in research areas including the socio-cultural influences of HIV and other sexually ... Read More »

Q&A with Sr Thao Nguyen

Q&A with Sister Thao

Sr Thao Nguyen Born in Vietnam, Sr Thao grew up as a teenager in Australia, which fashioned her adventurous mind. By the age of 23, she came to the Canossian convent to test out her vocation. Four years later, she took her first Religious Vows. This year marks 20 years since Sr Thao put her feet on Canossian ground. She ... Read More »

Q&A with Deacon Adam Crouch

Deacon Adam Crouch

Before joining the Missionaries of God’s Love Deacon Adam Crouch, 36 was a carpenter and captain of the footy team. Now he’s six months away from being ordained a priest. While his journey hasn’t always been easy: battling brain cancer, depression and study – some things haven’t changed, namely his knowledge that God loves, a desire to help, and a ... Read More »

Beauty in the liturgy

Question Time  By Fr John Flader Question: I am an older person and can remember Masses, Eucharistic adoration and hymns that were somehow truly uplifting. I don’t find that to the same extent anymore, except in a few parishes. Am I right to lament the loss of beauty in the worship of God?  Answer: The liturgy should always be beautiful ... Read More »

Taking care in the liturgy

Question Time By Fr John Flader  In my parish there are certain irregularities in the way Mass is celebrated and frankly I am disturbed by them. Some of my friends tell me not to worry about it. Is this important? OBVIOUSLY there will be some “irregularities” which are not particularly important, but in general the priest should be careful to ... Read More »

Belief in Purgatory in the early Church

Person lighting candle

I was talking recently with a Protestant friend about praying for a mutual acquaintance who had passed away and she denied there was any need for it since there is no Purgatory. Is there any evidence in the early Church of prayer for the faithful departed? I answered a similar question many years ago, which appears as question 25 in ... Read More »

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