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St Laurence’s hosts the national launch of Catholic Mission’s Socktober

Students from St Laurence's College

ALMOST 2000 students at Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College gathered for the national launch of Socktober, Catholic Mission’s schools engagement program. St Laurence’s is one of more than 100 schools to register for Socktober 2020, that uses the world game of soccer to encourage students to learn about mission and social justice, core parts of the Catholic curriculum. As part of ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell writes about the faith that sustained him through prison

Cardinal Pell

CARDINAL George Pell has written of his 13 months in jail in Victoria, isolated from other prisoners for his own protection, bearing witness to the toughness of daily life behind bars, but sustained by his Catholic faith. Writing on the American website First Things, a journal of religion and public life, Cardinal Pell, now 79, said he was despised by ... Read More »

Parish activist group grows out of concern for Timorese community

time-to-draw-the-line

CONCERNED Brisbane Catholics have vowed to maintain pressure on the Australian government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with our smallest neighbour, East Timor. Michael Stevens has helped found the new Brisbane Timor Sea Justice group, which has grown from the Timor-Leste Companions of the Catholic Communities of Grovely, Samford and Mitchelton, a parish group focused on building friendship and ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement in human rights in West Papua after a Commission Shadow ... Read More »

UN recognises Catholic human rights activist

Peter Arndt

ONE of Brisbane archdiocese’s long-serving social justice advocates has received a United Nations award for his work. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt recently was honoured with a United Nations Association of Australia Queensland Branch Community Award for his contributions to human rights and social justice. Mr Arndt, who has been with the CJPC for ... Read More »

Church welcomes PM’s decision on Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees on boat

By Peter Bugden CHURCH leaders and agencies have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to permanently resettle 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the one-off humanitarian intake on September 9 in response to the refugee crisis engulfing the Middle East and Europe. Mr Abbott said this would be in addition to the previously existing humanitarian program ... Read More »

Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

Pope Francis

REAL fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one’s life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said. Faith without concrete acts of charity was not only hypocritical, “it is dead; what good is it?” he said, criticising those who ... Read More »

Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said. The Pope arrived in the Vatican’s synod hall a half-hour before the consistory, or meeting of the world’s cardinals, was set ... Read More »

Archbishop Romero’s beatification will be soon, Vatican official says

Woman prays at Romero's tomb

SALVADORAN Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador “certainly within the year and not later, but possibly within a few months”, the postulator or chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said. Speaking to reporters yesterday (February 4), the day after Pope Francis formally recognised that the slain Salvadoran archbishop was killed “in hatred of ... Read More »

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