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Pope Francis pushes for peace during Colombia visit

Papa Francesco

POPE Francis arrived in Colombia for a Papal visit at a delicate time–  a 2016 peace treaty between the biggest leftist rebel group and the elected government is being implemented to put an end to a 52-year civil conflict. The deal disarms and demobilises the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as the FARC, from their Spanish initials), but there ... 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 »

How I’m trying to find peace with depression

DEPRESSION is like the weather; sometimes you wake up to a beautifully clear day with complete clarity, small clouds drift in and out of sight intermittently slight doubts that soon turn into a seemingly permanent blanket shrouding your thoughts. Finally they culminate in utterly frightful downpours, where all the wonder in the world turns to grey. Depression is far from ... Read More »

Striving for peace and joy in the family

Families

  THE Catholic faith, with its richness of tradition and understanding of the scriptures, is a great resource to pass on to our children. I’ve come to realise the best opportunity to pass on the faith to our children is seizing small teachable moments in our everyday life. I had such an opportunity when my five-year-old was wreaking havoc on ... 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 »

War between Christians is a scandal; Ukrainians need peace, Pope says

Elderly Ukrainian woman

THE only word worthy of being heard in the throes of war is “peace”, and there is nothing more scandalous than a nation made up of Christians engaged in conflict, Pope Francis said. “When I hear the word ‘victory’ or ‘defeat’, I feel such great pain, great sadness in my heart. These are not the right words, the only word ... Read More »

Pray for peace, sow harmony, look to Mary as model disciple, Pope says

Pope Francis

PEACE is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one’s family, parish and community, Pope Francis said. “At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don’t get along with that ... Read More »

Welcoming the Prince of Peace

Bishop James Foley

By Bishop James Foley of Cairns DURING 2014 the Middle East has seen violence as vicious and as vengeful as ever before. In Jerusalem itself recently people were axed to death as they prayed in a synagogue. Throughout the year there have been reports and grisly online footage of actual beheadings. Why is this part of the world where Christ – ... Read More »

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