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Pope Francis releases Amazon synod response, described as not just for Amazon but Australia too

POPE Francis’s highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation  “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), released by the Vatican on February 12, has been described as a document “not just for a distant and alien part of the world, but has much to offer the Catholic Church in Australia”.  “The Amazon is remote from us but the issues are not,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president ... Read More »

Australia sees inequality worsen and wealth grow

EXACTLY no one was surprised to read recent Oxfam data that Australia’s wealthiest one per cent had increased their share of wealth in 2019. Australia’s top one per cent, about 250,000 people, had captured more than double the wealth of the entire bottom 50 per cent, about 12.5 million people, the report stated. The report hit as Pope Francis sent ... Read More »

Can the tango help young Catholics have a better marriage?

WHEN Pope Francis told young lovers in his apostolic exhortation on love to dance towards immense hope, he probably didn’t mean do the tango. But Ben Smith, the director of Life, Marriage and Family for Hobart archdiocese, thinks a dose of social dancing can be effective in teaching young people about the sanctity of marriage. That’s why he’s invited Katrina ... Read More »

Amazonian rite and married priests pass vote in final Synod document

JESUS Christ is central, Peruvian professor and member of the Ashaninka people Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri said at a press briefing at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon on October 24. Professor Camaiteri was responding to a question about an Amazonian rite of the Catholic Church proposed at the synod. “Do we (want to) have our own rites? Yes, we ... Read More »

Brisbane bishop leads latest plan to heed Pope Francis’ call to ‘care for our common home’

Great Barrier Reef

CATHOLICS across south-east Queensland are being urged to take up the call of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, understand its teachings and support an urgent environmental action plan aimed at protecting the planet. Central to the plan is a commitment to “ecological conversion” in parishes, Church agencies and schools throughout Brisbane archdiocese. Ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, ... Read More »

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