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Franciscan Friars look to postpone crucial collection for the Holy Land amid uncertainty

Franciscan Friars look to postpone crucial  collection for the Holy Land amid uncertainty

FRANCISCAN Friars in Jerusalem and around the world were set to postpone Good Friday collections that ordinarily went towards the upkeep of Holy Land sites amid “terrible uncertainty” caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Holy Land Commissary for Australia and Kedron parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said the friars faced challenges from two directions. He said the friars did not just ... Read More »

Christians called to recite Lord’s Prayer with Pope Francis today

Christians called to recite Lord’s Prayer with Pope Francis today

POPE Francis has asked Christians worldwide to storm heaven with the Lord’s Prayer today, as a way of asking God to end the suffering caused by COVID-19. After leading the Angelus on March 22, the Pope invited all Christians around the world to pray the Our Father at midday Rome time (9pm Brisbane time) on March 25, the feast of ... Read More »

Pope to give entire world extraordinary blessing

Pope to give entire world extraordinary blessing

POPE Francis will give the city of Rome and the world an extraordinary blessing this week with the possibility of a plenary indulgence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pope announced he would give the “urbi et orbi” blessing, normally only given immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter, after presiding over a moment of ... Read More »

Brisbane L’Arche community in shock over findings of leader Jean Vanier’s prolonged sexual abuse

Brisbane L’Arche community in shock over findings of leader Jean Vanier’s prolonged sexual abuse

BRISBANE L’Arche community leader met Jean Vanier four times since the 1980s and never once considered him anything but an inspirational Catholic. But last weekend his image of Vanier was shattered when the L’Arche International community announced the findings of an independent inquiry that found the internationally renowned Canadian had sexually abused at least six women. L’Arche Brisbane community leader ... Read More »

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

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 »

Chinese Catholic in Wuhan says epicentre of novel coronavirus marked by a ‘weird quiet’

Chinese Catholic in Wuhan says epicentre of novel coronavirus marked by a ‘weird quiet’

THE streets are empty, people stay indoors and a “horrifying silence” has gripped Wuhan, at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. The central Chinese city of 11 million people has been under quarantine lockdown since January 23, with no transport links in or out, and residents facing food queues and shortages of essential supplies including face masks.  Across China, nearly ... Read More »

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