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Pilgrims from Rockhampton feel spiritually ‘woke’ after walking in the footsteps of Jesus

THIRTY-one pilgrims, including Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy, found themselves humbled and spiritually reawakened walking the roads Jesus walked. Fr Noel Milner, who has worked with parishes from Brisbane to Blackall, led the group with Bishop McCarthy to the Holy Land. “It is always a great spiritual privilege to go on pilgrimage – to walk where Jesus walked, as they say,” ... Read More »

Priest lists reasons to visit the Holy Land this year

Jerusalem

SPONSORED BY OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS, HENDRA WE read and hear about Jesus and the Holy Land, and imagine what Israel would look like mainly drawing from Bible stories and illustrations.  The Holy Land landscape is nothing like the Australian landscape.   Visiting the places where Jesus was born and raised, the important areas of his ministry and finally ... Read More »

Praying to aunty

Saintly connection: Paul and Genevieve Swan with four of their five children, Daniel, Caitlyn, Rebecca and Felicity holding the official invitation to the canonisation of their relative, Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.

By Emilie Ng SLIPPING out of a driveway in Sydney, Paul Swan and his mother Joan make a reverent plea to the Virgin Mary. The pair is headed to visit John Swan, Joan’s husband and Paul’s father, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost 13 years. With the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a special saintly relative ... Read More »

Catholics urged to support Middle East Christians on Good Friday

Franciscan at West Bank

IRAQI and Syrian refugees who have fled persecution in their homelands and the Palestinian Christians struggling to survive in the land of Jesus deserve the prayers and material support of Catholics around the globe, a Vatican official said. Catholics can “become promoters of dialogue through peace, prayer and sharing of burdens” with Middle East Christians, prefect of the Congregation for ... Read More »

Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

Jerusalem synagogue

POPE Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship”, after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead. At the end of his general audience on November 19, the day after the attack on the synagogue, Pope Francis said he was following “with ... Read More »

Pope gathers Holy Land leaders in name of peace

Holy Land presidents

PRAYING for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” ... Read More »

Patriarch to join Pope, presidents in prayer for Holy Land

Pope Francis and Patriarch

THE Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, will be in Rome on Sunday, June 8, to take part in the prayer for peace in the Holy Land. During the Mass in Bethlehem on May 25, Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray with him at the Vatican for peace in the Holy Land. ... Read More »

Pope calls for world’s Christians to pray for peace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has called on the world’s Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, to help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity. While peace was a gift from God, it was also built out of the day-to-day handiwork of individuals: true “artisans of peace”, who were capable of ... Read More »

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