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Pope Francis adds ‘Mother of Mercy’, ‘Mother of Hope’ and ‘Comfort of Migrants’ titles to litany

AMONG the many titles under which Catholics invoke the Blessed Mother, Pope Francis has asked them to add “Mother of Mercy,” “Mother of Hope” and “Comfort of Migrants.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, sent a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world asking that the titles be inserted into ... Read More »

COVID-19 leads Charismatics group to new world of prayer

A BRISBANE group planning to mark the 50th anniversary of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the city last weekend had no idea they would end up celebrating it with Pope Francis. COVID-19 restrictions put paid to celebrations that were to have been held at Bardon but CCR members in Brisbane celebrated with the Pope and people from around the world instead. ... Read More »

Pope advances sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle by Blessed Charles de Foucauld

POPE Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle attributed to Blessed Charles de Foucauld. In a meeting with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope also authorised decrees recognizing miracles attributed to Blessed Cesar de Bus, founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, and Blessed Maria ... Read More »

John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm

THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the eradication of slavery globally. Mr McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012 to ... Read More »

Vatican announces Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday

THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the earth. “I’m delighted, and it brings great blessings as well,” Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said, describing the measures as a visionary step. “It is a great ... Read More »

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