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Toowoomba bishop speaks at major European conference

Bishop McGuckin in Monaco

TOOWOOMBA Bishop Robert McGuckin has returned from Monaco after representing Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania at an international conference. Bishop McGuckin spoke at the Council of the Conferences of the European Bishops. “Unlike our plenary assemblies, on the whole it was mainly the presidents of European bishops’ conferences that are involved in the plenaries,” Bishop McGuckin wrote in ... Read More »

Security paramount for WYD pilgrims say Church leaders

WYP Pilgrims

CHURCH leaders are praying for peace as millions of pilgrims make their way to World Youth Day in Poland, while security experts are examining ways to allay heightened security fears surrounding the global event. “At this time of instability in Europe, we pray for those who have been affected by the recent events and in the words of Pope Francis, ... Read More »

Pope asks parishes to accept refugee families

Syrian refugees

POPE Francis is calling on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nations recognises the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family,” the Pope requested, after praying the midday Angelus ... Read More »

Pope urges Europe to nurture religious roots, sow peace in its borders

Pope Francis at Council of Europe

THE project of European unity and co-operation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said. While the Pope did not specifically mention the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, both members of the Council of Europe, he told council members a “great toll ... Read More »

Pope calls European Parliament to rejuvenate ‘grandmother’ Europe

Pope Francis in European Parliament

THE 77-year-old grandson of European immigrants to Argentina, Pope Francis urged the European Parliament to value the continent’s faiths and recuperate a sense of responsibility for the common good to rejuvenate Europe’s social, political and economic life. “In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and ageing, of a Europe which is now a ‘grandmother’, no longer fertile ... Read More »

To heart of Europe: Pope expected to talk dignity, jobs, family life

Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service POPE Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from “the end of the earth”, will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. For the Polish St John Paul II and the German ... Read More »

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