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Ignoring, abandoning the elderly is a sin, Pope says

Pope Francis greets elderly woman

SEEING the elderly only as a burden “is ugly. It’s a sin,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience. “We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, helping the elderly know they are a living part of their communities” and sources of wisdom for the younger generations, the 78-year-old pope said on Wednesday (March 4) at ... Read More »

Students keeping Daniel’s legacy alive

By Emilie Ng BRIGIDINE College students vowed to keep kids safe on the streets and the Internet when they gave Bruce and Denise Morcombe more than $1100 last week. The Indooroopilly college held a Day for Daniel fundraising event on February 27 and raised $1192 for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation through bake sales, face painting and manicures. Year 12 student leaders ... Read More »

Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world by listening to the poor

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

BY listening to people’s suffering, joys and daily endeavours, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America. Such action demonstrates that the Church values the dignity of every person, especially the poor, and that it welcomes encounters with the world ... Read More »

Good works are proper response to God’s ‘exaggerated’ pardon, Pope says

Pope Francis

WHEN the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow”, it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said. “The Lord forgives generously,” the Pope said on Tuesday (March 3) during his early-morning Mass. God never says, “‘I will forgive you just this much, then we’ll see ... Read More »

New role to guide youth

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE youth project consultant Teresa McGrath is helping in the search for the right person to help “animate” archdiocesan youth initiatives for the next three years.  Mrs McGrath has spent the last 12 months connecting with youth initiatives within Brisbane ethnic communities, parishes, Catholic movements, social justice organisations and other areas to develop a proposal for youth ... Read More »

Exciting year for new ACU student leaders

BRISBANE Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan drew on the day’s scripture readings as a source of wisdom and guidance at the induction of this year’s Australian Catholic University student leaders on Banyo campus. “Jesus says those who want to be His special friends must be ready to drink from a chalice which will entail a good deal of difficulty and suffering,” ... Read More »

Aid official says Gazans have lost hope, situation worse than during war

Palestinian woman

SIX months after the end of the most recent war in Gaza, there is still a “grave humanitarian crisis” in the narrow strip wedged between the Egyptian and Israeli borders, where more than 1.8 million Palestinians live closed off to the world because of an international embargo. Following a visit to the area at the end of February, Catholic Near ... Read More »

Praying with the universal Church

By Emile Ng GREGORIAN chant is making a return to St Stephen’s Cathedral every Sunday afternoon with the addition of Vespers to the schola’s musical program. Members will raise their voices in the St Stephen’s Chapel every Sunday at 3pm to join the global Church in singing Vespers, one of the prayers in the ancient Liturgy of the Hours, also ... Read More »

Pope plans to canonise St Therese’s parents during family synod

St Therese's parents

POPE Francis is expected to canonise Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October. Prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes Cardinal Angelo Amato, leading a conference on February 27 on the role of saints in the life of the Church, announced that “thanks be ... Read More »

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