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Coronavirus can help us remember what it means to be a good neighbour

By Sr Jo Brady AS we face a pandemic in Australia not seen since the Spanish flu a century ago when 15,000 people died, we are being confronted by distasteful images of panic buying in supermarkets. The managers assure us there is sufficient food and essentials yet because of the panic buying we see our most vulnerable people without the ... Read More »

High Court weighs up Cardinal George Pell’s final bid at appeal, prosecution arguments heard today

THE High Court of Australia has heard from Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer that evidence presented at trial must have given jurors reasonable doubt that Pell sexually abused two choirboys after Sunday Mass more than two decades ago. Barrister Bret Walker SC was seeking to convince the Court’s full bench of seven judges that Pell’s case warrants and appeal – a ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge directs parishes to adopt liturgical changes in face of COVID-19

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has directed Brisbane parishes to adopt changed liturgical practices for the peace of mind of local Catholics in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), effective from March 5. In a statement, he said Brisbane archdiocesan directors and Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell had been meeting daily to monitor the advice of Queensland Health. Queensland Health had ... Read More »

Pope Francis releases Amazon synod response, described as not just for Amazon but Australia too

POPE Francis’s highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation  “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), released by the Vatican on February 12, has been described as a document “not just for a distant and alien part of the world, but has much to offer the Catholic Church in Australia”.  “The Amazon is remote from us but the issues are not,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president ... Read More »

Symposium calls for wider LGBTQIA+ recognition by Church bodies and plenary council inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Catholics attending a symposium in Sydney have called for greater acknowledgement by Church bodies and ministers and inclusion in 2020 Plenary Council preparations. “There is still a great silence around LGBTIQA+ people in our Church and those who have walked away,” Queensland delegate Tony Robertson said. “Acceptance is more than simple tolerance. “It is about welcoming, engaging, acknowledging and ... Read More »

Seven days in January: War, Twitter and Iran

A DEADLY game of cat and mouse on Twitter so far has narrowly avoided sparking full-scale war between the United States and Iran over seven days in January. United States President Donald Trump moved first. He posted an image without caption of a US flag on Twitter, which confirmed the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3. Mr ... Read More »

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