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‘Scandals are the shame of the Church’

Pope Francis speaks at meeting with ambassadors to Holy See at Vatican

POPE Francis had some strong words this week regarding the scandals that have rocked the Church in recent history, calling them “the shame of the Church.” The Holy Father reflected on the topic during his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta on January 16. The first reading from the 1st book of Samuel recalled the defeat of Israel by ... Read More »

Oratory takes step forward

Brisbane Oratory members Fr Adrian Sharp and Fr Paul Chandler outside the Oratory community’s house.

COMMUNITY life has begun for the Brisbane Oratory as two of its local members settled into their new residence at Annerley Ekibin parish earlier this month. Oratory community member Fr Adrian Sharp, former parish priest of Browns Plains, officially began work as parish priest of Annerley Ekibin in the new year. Fellow member Fr Paul Chandler, formerly parish priest of ... Read More »

Townsville leader reflects on living a year with cancer

Bishops at Wynberg

“I AM happy once more to leave my life and work in the diocese, completely in the hands of God. I did that at the beginning of last year and had one of the most amazing years of my life. I am looking forward to what lies ahead, whatever it may be.” Townsville Bishop Michael Putney, with these and other ... Read More »

Filipino devotion on the Coast

Thousands of Filipino Catholics dance and cheer through the streets of Cebu to mark the Feast Day of the Infant Child Jesus, known locally as Santo Nino.

DRUMS, chants and vibrant dress will fill Gold Coast streets on January 19 in Queensland’s first Sinulog Festival to honour one of the Philippines’ oldest religious devotions. The devotion to the Santo Nino, the Philippines’ answer to the Holy Infant of Prague statue, is celebrated annually in Cebu. And while Cebu was one of the worst-affected provinces hit by typhoon ... Read More »

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 »

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