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Diverse challenges to families surprise and universal compassion surprise couples

Brazilian couple attend press briefing after session of Synod of Bishops at Vatican

TWO married couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family. Read the full story from Catholic News Service. Read More »

Nigerian priests return home for bishop’s jubilee

Bishop Lucius Ugorji

By Emilie Ng NIGERIAN priests serving in the Brisbane archdiocese returned home last week to honour the man who sent them to Australia. Umuahia Bishop Lucius Ugorji welcomed home his Australian missionaries to commemorate 25 years since his episcopal ordination in 1990. Among the returning priests were Fr Henry Maduka, Fr Modestus Mgbaramuko, Fr Francis Onwunali and Fr Gabriel Kalu, ... Read More »

Dying people deserve respect and care

AUSTRALIANS must look to “a genuinely compassionate response” rather than support the “lethal dose” of euthanasia, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference urged Catholics today. The Bishops requested Australian Catholics be educated on euthanasia “and the dangers it poses to society” with a new pamphlet titled ‘Real care, love and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia’. Since 2014, the Australian Bishops ... Read More »

Bishops’ accountability is key concern for Pope’s child protection commission

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

BISHOPS who do not comply with the child-protection norms adopted by their bishops’ conferences and approved by the Vatican must face real consequences, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said. The commission, he said, “is very, very concerned about this whole area of (bishops’) accountability” and has a working group drawing ... Read More »

Pope to bishops: Guard the faith, build hope, love sinners as they are

Pope Francis with bishops

TODAY’S bishops must be as vigilant and courageous as sentinels keeping watch over the faith, and as forgiving and patient as Moses, leading a sinning people across harsh deserts to God, Pope Francis said. Their vocation was not to be wardens of a failed estate, “but custodians of ‘Evangelii gaudium’ (the joy of the Gospel); therefore, you cannot be without ... Read More »

Pope urges priests, bishops to keep their love for Jesus alive

Pope Francis and child

CELEBRATING an early-morning Mass with a congregation made up of priests and bishops, Pope Francis said they regularly need to ask themselves if they love Jesus as much as when they first encountered him, and whether ministry, not administration, is still their priority. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: ‘How is your love today?’ ... Read More »

Bishops say enough is enough of cruelty to asylum seekers

Refugees

By Peter Bugden  THE Australian Catholic bishops have a clear message for the Federal Government and for the broader community, on asylum-seeker policy – “Enough of this institutionalised cruelty”. That was the plea made in a May 8 statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference plenary meeting in Sydney. The bishops, making an “urgent plea for a respect for the ... Read More »

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