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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 »

Church must reach out to families with untraditional form, Synod members say

CATHOLICS must challenge other faithful members to be better, but not at the exclusion of people who “still have growing to do”, Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, said. Bishop Murry and other members of the Synod of Bishops on the family spoke Oct. 10 about finding a way to affirm Gospel principles and church teaching while accompanying all Catholics ... Read More »

Serve, care for each other, Pope tells families at closing Mass

Pope Francis in US

POPE Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, United States, yesterday (September 27) to serve and care for each other as freely as God loved the human family. The Pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that the Holy Spirit can work through everyone. He ... Read More »

World Meeting of Families challenges Brisbane mum to proclaim faith

Brisbane couple at World Meeting of Families

FINDING a seat at the Church’s largest gathering of Catholic families proved to be less challenging than the Congress’s opening address to make faith public, a Brisbane mum said. Ann O’Donovan and husband Edmond O’Donovan were among thousands of international pilgrims seated for the opening Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Brisbane couple were surrounded by people ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese to care for 100 Syrian refugee families

Syrians in danger

By Michael Crutcher  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “the Gospel of Jesus Christ demands” that the archdiocese resettles at least 100 refugee families devastated by fighting in Syria. Archbishop Coleridge last week issued a letter to the archdiocese outlining his hope that Brisbane could join the national effort to resettle 12,000 refugees “I want to galvanise all the resources of ... Read More »

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