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Pope praying that more women be invited to Church leadership in October intentions

POPE Francis has declared October’s universal prayer intentions were that women be given greater leadership roles in the Church. In a video released at the start of the month, Pope Francis highlighted how women needed to be given greater roles “in areas of responsibility in the Church” because they “tend to be left aside”. It was not the first time ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell meets with Pope Francis amid Vatican financial scandal

POPE Francis has welcomed Cardinal George Pell during a private Vatican meeting in the Apostolic Palace – their first meeting since the Australian cardinal’s child sexual abuse convictions were overturned. The Holy See released photos and a brief video clip of the meeting, an indication that both the Pope and Cardinal Pell wanted the warm and smiling reception to be ... Read More »

Open hearts are needed to give birth to an open world

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti ENCYCLICAL letters from popes don’t come all that often. They’re the highest form of papal teaching, addressed these days not just to Catholics or Christians but to all people of good will. The last one published by Pope Francis was in 2015 and it bore the title Laudato Si’ ... Read More »

Catholic Health Australia wants more Out of Hospital options


A CATHOLIC research paper handed to the Federal Government proposes a radical shake-up in the way health care is delivered to Australians who could be treated at home rather than in hospital. The Catholic Health Australia paper, entitled Out of Hospital Care in Australia – advancing health’s ‘missing sector’, argues that shifting to a hospital-in-the-home approach could provide better treatment ... Read More »

Diocesan Financial Administrator – Catholic Diocese of Armidale, NSW

Diocesan Financial Administrator The Diocese of Armidale is the home of the Catholic Church in New England and North West Slopes and Plains of NSW, covering 91,500 square kilometres, extending north to Tenterfield, south to Quirindi and as far west as Walgett and Mungindi. The Diocese has 24 parishes, 24 schools, 9 Centacare sites, Armidale Diocesan Investment Group and Saint ... Read More »

Queensland election: The pro-life political parties committed to abortion law reforms

Pregnant woman

AHEAD of a Queensland’s October 31 election, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party has unveiled a detailed “Right to Life” policy that would roll back the state’s abortion laws. It means that the Liberal National Party, Katter’s Australian Party and One Nation have all committed to review or reform Labor’s Termination of Pregnancy Act (2018). The Act allows abortion on request ... Read More »

Vinnies calls for release of refugees from Brisbane detention centre

Peter Arndt at refugee vigil

THE St Vincent de Paul Society has called for the release of refugees detained in hotels in Brisbane and Melbourne. The society’s national president Claire Victory, in a statement coinciding with the seventh anniversary of the start of Australia’s regime of off-shore immigration detention, reiterated the charity’s call for the immediate release of the refugees into safer accommodation. The statement ... Read More »

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