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Pope Benedict returns to Vatican City after visiting his ill brother Msgr Georg Ratzinger in Germany

POPE Emeritus Benedict XVI returned to Vatican City on June 22, five days after flying to Germany to spend time with his ailing 96-year-old brother. During his last morning in Regensburg, the 93-year-old Pope visited his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, one last time before being driven to the airport in Munich. Msgr Ratzinger was director of the renowned Regensburg boys’ ... Read More »

Long-serving St Stephen’s Cathedral sacristans looking forward to going back to work

A COUPLE of the more familiar faces are starting to reappear around Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. As health authorities begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions for public gatherings, long-time sacristans Lloyd Eikenloff and Bob Cracknell have started to return. Regular visitors to weekday Masses at the cathedral would be used to seeing the men serving at the altar. Each of them ... Read More »

Grieving crew consoled by members of Stella Maris mission

BRISBANE’S Stella Maris seafarers mission has provided prayers and pastoral support for a grieving ship’s crew after their captain died suddenly at sea. The cargo carrier Sofrana Tourville 2 docked in Brisbane on June 16, and its 18-member Filipino crew requested the services of a priest after the vessel’s captain’s death en route from Noumea. Members of Centacare’s Stella Maris ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell’s jail diary to be published, tipped to become a ‘spiritual classic’

A CATHOLIC publisher is seeking donations from supporters of Cardinal George Pell so that it can release his prison diary, describing it as “a spiritual classic”. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press hopes to release the diary in instalments, with the first volume likely to be published in 2021. Ignatius’ editor Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has sent a letter to email subscribers ... Read More »

People ‘glad to be back’ with friends as Centacare reopens their doors

IF you hadn’t heard shouts of “bingo” for a while, you were going to hear them again soon because Centacare centres had started to re-open their doors across south east Queensland last Monday. Greg Wright spent the Monday with Centacare Aspley, one of the six centres to re-open that day, and said he had a great day. “I’m glad to ... Read More »

Pope Francis adds ‘Mother of Mercy’, ‘Mother of Hope’ and ‘Comfort of Migrants’ titles to litany

AMONG the many titles under which Catholics invoke the Blessed Mother, Pope Francis has asked them to add “Mother of Mercy,” “Mother of Hope” and “Comfort of Migrants.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, sent a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world asking that the titles be inserted into ... Read More »

School children join global prayer relay for its recent Australia leg

MANY school children joined the Annual Global Rosary Relay 2020 for its Australian leg recently. Held on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, the annual event is promoted by the international Worldpriest organisation and prays for the sanctification of priests and the Pope’s intentions. About 25 people gathered at Broken Bay diocese’s Our Lady of ... Read More »

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