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Gossip is a tool of the devil to divide the Church, Pope Francis says

GOSSIP is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it was a tool of the devil to divide the Church. Commenting on September 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the community errs and requires correction, Pope Francis ... Read More »

Transported across the centuries at the feast day festival at the Baptistery of St John in Florence, Italy

On a recent journey to Italy, photojournalist Alan Edgecomb visited the Baptistery of St John, Florence, or the Battistero di San Giovanni. He shares his thoughts on the remarkable historical splendour. I did not know anything about a Baptistery until I arrived in Florence and discovered the elaborate sacred space called – a baptistery. These were built near a cathedral ... Read More »

Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervour amid pandemic in Italy

THE uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in prayers and religious fervour in Italy, a recent study said. The study, which was released on May 22, was conducted by the State University of Milan, to “daily monitor public opinion during the COVID-19 emergency” and the impact it “has had on the religiosity ... Read More »

105-year-old woman still alive because ‘God’s waiting room is full’

Margherita Vitanza

WORKING hard and avoiding chocolate are the secrets to a long life, according to a St Vincent’s Care Services Kangaroo Point resident Margherita Vitanza who turned a remarkable 105 years last month. Mrs Vitanza celebrated her 105th birthday on September 22 with a birthday morning tea, surrounded by friends and family, including her son Vince Vitanza. “Everybody loves my mother,” ... Read More »

Q&A with Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Italy’s most famous musician sat down with Zenit for a chat about his childhood and why his mother saved his life by refusing an abortion. Q: You were born in Lajatico, a small village on the hills, near Pisa, in the Valdera region. You spent your childhood among olive groves and fields in the wonderful land of Tuscany. Why today, when ... Read More »

Australia’s refugees respond to jibe from Peter Dutton

Clyde Cosentino

FR Lam Vu, refugee, architect and now Capuchin priest is grateful to God and to Australia for allowing his family to settle in the lucky country. Fr Vu, who is parish priest at St Mary’s, South Brisbane, was willing to respond to comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that refugees are uneducated, unemployable and at the same time “taking ... Read More »

ACU encouraging students to have study adventure overseas

ACU Students in Rome

STUDENTS get more than just a fun time overseas with employers and recruiters including these international experiences more and more on their checklists, associating them with personal growth, open-mindedness, intercultural skills, and independence. ACU Provost Professor Pauline Nugent said the ACU Rome Centre with The Catholic University of America is well placed to offer students a rich international experience, including ... Read More »

Stanthorpe people treasure their pioneer priest

THERE are no official steps for Fr Jerome Davadi to be the subject of consideration for sainthood but there are some people out Stanthorpe way who know what a special man he was. He was born in Montecarotto, in the Le Marche region of Italy, on April 26, 1845. Reseracher Ian Bonaccorso said the name on Fr Davdadi’s birth certificate ... Read More »

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