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At Lenten penance service, Pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

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POPE Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.” “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the Pope said yesterday  (March 13), marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St Peter’s Basilica. “I frequently have thought about how ... Read More »

Lenten austerity grows

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN 15-year-old Ben Dowling suggested to his parents Jim and Anne the family spend the first week of Lent living off produce from their Dayboro property their reactions were mixed. Jim and the other children Eleni, 11, and Teresa, 13 were fine with the idea as was Dave Sprigg, a guest at the Peter Maurin Catholic Worker ... Read More »

Don’t be bitter or give up; offer world your wisdom, Pope tells seniors

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DON’T pack it in or shift into cruise control, Pope Francis told his fellow seniors. Today’s frenetic world, especially young people and families, needed the older generation’s prayers, wisdom and gifts to give them the encouragement, hope and faith they often lacked, he said at his weekly general audience on Wednesday (March 11). “We, older people, can remind ambitious young ... Read More »

WYD changes hearts

Living authentically: World Youth Day 2016 Brisbane liaison officer Zach Woodward is ready to make the pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland, next year.

WORLD Youth Day Sydney helped Brisbane’s Zach Woodward find answers to his faith questions and start living an “authentic Catholic life”. As a Year 12 student in 2008, Mr Woodward travelled down to Sydney for a WYD pilgrimage with the Albany Creek parish. “It was at that point in my life that I had a lot of questions about what ... Read More »

Chaldean Catholics have moment of joy

By Peter Bugden AUSTRALIA’S Chaldean Catholics, burdened with daily reports of the persecution of their people in Iraq, have celebrated a moment of great joy with the installation of their new leader. Archbishop Amel Nona was installed as Bishop of the Chaldean Diocese of St Thomas the Apostle of Australia and New Zealand at the Cathedral of St Thomas the Apostle ... Read More »

Healing testimony moves Archbishop Prowse to his knees

By Emilie Ng KISSING the feet of a sexual abuse survivor confirmed Canberra Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse’s view that the Church must do more than “a lot of talking” if it wants sufferers to heal. Archbishop Prowse knelt to wash and kiss the feet of Mark Stiles, a Salvation Army hostel sexual abuse survivor, at an ecumenical national prayer service in ... Read More »

Global restrictions on religion

By Fr John Flynn LC TOWARDS the end of February the Pew Research Centre published a report on hostility and restrictions regarding religion: it covers the period of 2013. It found that social hostilities regarding religion declined in 2013, from a six-year peak the previous year. Nevertheless, a significant number of countries still suffer from high levels of social hostility, ... Read More »

New pastor ‘born’ to Petrie

Unexpected mission: Fr Chima Ofor “least expected” to be Petrie community’s parish priest but joyously took on his new role when he was installed by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on February 28.

By Emilie Ng NINE months is needed to form a new human being in the womb, but it’s also the timeframe for Fr Chima Ofor’s “birth” as Petrie’s newest parish priest. After nine months as Petrie parish’s associate pastor, Fr Ofor is now the community’s parish priest, taking over from his predecessor Fr Dave O’Connor, who resigned last year. Fr ... Read More »

International Women’s Day celebrated in style

Day for women: Marie-Louise Stolberg, Carolyn Duffy, Lisa Westerdale, Margie Best, Jenny Grace, Christine Nash, guest speaker Jan Whiteway, Carlie Neighbour and Kim Fehervary enjoyed St William’s IWD breakfast.

WOMEN who “Make it Happen” were honoured at celebrations to mark International Women’s Day in Brisbane archdiocese’s community of schools. IWD celebrates the global economic, political and social developments of women past, present and future, and for the past four years, St Francis College, Crestmead, has used the occasion to bring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and girls in Years 10-12 together. ... Read More »

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