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Trusting in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Michael Putney is entering 2014 with unabated enthusiasm and an ambitious ongoing program of reform in the diocese despite his diagnosis of terminal cancer. The 67-year-old bishop was told at the end of 2012 that he had only months to live after medical tests revealed inoperable cancer which had spread from his stomach to his liver. Since then, ... Read More »

Pope invites priest friend into popemobile

Pope meets old friend

  VATICAN CITY: When Fr Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn’t have an appointment to meet with the Pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him. A week and a half in Rome seemed like plenty of time to meet up with the Pope ... Read More »

Seminarians meet the Pope

Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary students and faculty in Rome after attending Mass and meeting Pope Francis in December.

HOLY Spirit Provincial Seminary students and deacons prayed and met with Pope Francis on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome. Twelve seminary students, two deacons, seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo, Brisbane archdiocese’s vocations director Fr Morgan Batt and seminary spiritual director Carmelite Father Paul Chandler attended Mass at Casa Santa Maria with Pope Francis on December 23. ... Read More »

Sudan pain hits hard

Troubled country: A young boy injured while fleeing from violent clashes rests at a medical clinic inside the United Nations compound on the outskirts Juba, South Sudan

LAST year Fr Ladu Yanga fought through government red tape to have his mother Kolorina Martin present for his ordination in St     Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. Now the Woodridge-based priest is facing another fight to somehow get his ailing mother out of the South Sudanese capital, Juba, where gunfights continue between government and rebel forces. Fr Yanga, formerly of South ... Read More »

Pope to visit Holy Land

Western Wall

AMMAN, Jordan: Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem welcomed the announcement of Pope Francis’ May visit to the Holy Land and said he hopes the pilgrimage will be a “cry for peace”, particularly for Palestinians, Israelis, Syrians and others beset by conflict. Pope Francis announced his first trip as pontiff to the Holy Land, May 24-26, during his weekly blessing ... Read More »

Fresh aid for Syrians as winter bites deep

Fresh aid for Syrians

By John Newton and John Pontifex of ACN A SERIES of new emergency aid packages have been rushed through by a leading Catholic charity as hunger and sub-zero temperatures threaten the lives of people across Syria and neighbouring countries. Alarmed by the deepening crisis engulfing the region, Aid to the Church in Need has agreed aid – food, heating, shelter ... Read More »

Fr McHugh lived a life of joy despite trauma

FATHER Patrick McHugh lived a life of joy amidst hardships, suffering and trauma, until his last breath on December 30, 2013.His funeral Mass was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on January 3.Fr McHugh was ordained to the priesthood at St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 29, 1959, and Archbishop Mark Coleridge received his body into the cathedral once more, this time ... Read More »

Asylum seekers returned to torture

Torture concerns

By Peter Arndt IN their efforts to stem the flow of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, both the former Labor Government and the new Coalition Government have adopted a practice of “enhanced screening” to remove Sri Lankan asylum seekers from the refugee processing pathway as quickly as possible and return them to their homeland without any substantial examination of their ... Read More »

Look on asylum seekers with compassion

Generosity urged for asylum seekers

CATHOLICS have been called upon to look on asylum seekers with compassion and mercy “in the spirit of Christmas”. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Fr Maurizio Pettenà said this year more than 6000 asylum seekers would spend Christmas in immigration detention facilities. Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees Bishop Gerard Hanna said “while (Government) policy is ... Read More »

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