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Pope lifts secrecy obligation for those who report having been abused

POPE Francis has abolished the obligation of secrecy for those who report having been sexually abused by a priest and for those who testify in a church trial or process having to do with clerical sexual abuse. ìThe person who files the report, the person who alleges to have been harmed and the witnesses shall not be bound by any ... Read More »

Amazonian rite and married priests pass vote in final Synod document

JESUS Christ is central, Peruvian professor and member of the Ashaninka people Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri said at a press briefing at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon on October 24. Professor Camaiteri was responding to a question about an Amazonian rite of the Catholic Church proposed at the synod. “Do we (want to) have our own rites? Yes, we ... Read More »

Gender ideology is opposed to faith and reason, Church leaders say in new document

CATHOLIC schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God’s plan for creation, the Congregation for Catholic Education said. In a document published on June 10, the congregation said the Catholic Church and those proposing a looser definition of gender could find common ground in “a laudable desire ... Read More »

Aussie polar explorer Jade Hameister tells Vatican conference to act faster on global warming threat

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A YOUNG Australian explorer has shared her witness of melting polar ice at a Vatican conference discussing the devastating impacts of climate change. Seventeen-year-old Jade Hameister, the youngest person ever to ski both the North and South poles and to cross the polar ice cap on Greenland, implored world leaders to give her generation “a fighting chance” in combating global ... Read More »

Pope Francis signs up for his third World Youth Day

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POPE Francis has signed up to pray with an expected 500,000 young people, including pilgrims from Brisbane, for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama. While Pope Francis registered for the youth gathering after praying the Angelus on February 11, 2018, the Holy See only confirmed his presence in Panama on July 9. The Pope will arrive in Panama on ... Read More »

Governor-General gifts Pope Francis with personalised Socceroos jersey

Pope receives Socceroos jersey

AUSTRALIA’S Governor-General has tried to win a new fan for the Socceroos during an official audience with Pope Francis on June 25. Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove met with the Holy Father in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The Governor-General presented the Argentina-born Pontiff with a personalised Socceroos jersey to encourage him to cheer for Australia ... Read More »

Gaudete et Exsultate: New apostolic letter calls all Catholics to lives of holiness

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POPE Francis has released a new apostolic letter to each and every Christian – a down-to-earth call to holiness in the midst of our everyday lives. Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”), subtitled “On the call to holiness in today’s world” is Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation, after Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in 2013, and Amoris ... Read More »

Australians invited to Rome for Catholic Charismatic Renewal 50th anniversary thank Pope Francis for ‘joy-filled’ gathering

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AUSTRALIAN Catholics swept up in the grace of the Holy Spirit through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal finished a “joy filled” five-day pilgrimage to Rome for the movement’s 50th anniversary last week. Pope Francis welcomed more than 30,000 Catholics and a further 300 Evangelicals and Protestants to Rome to celebrate 50 years since the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The ... Read More »

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