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Serve, care for each other, Pope tells families at closing Mass

Pope Francis in US

POPE Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, United States, yesterday (September 27) to serve and care for each other as freely as God loved the human family. The Pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that the Holy Spirit can work through everyone. He ... Read More »

Pope asks parishes to accept refugee families

Syrian refugees

POPE Francis is calling on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nations recognises the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family,” the Pope requested, after praying the midday Angelus ... Read More »

Making change happen for Earth’s sake

greenhouse gas emissions

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE’S Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is doing its best to play some small part in influencing what happens at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year. Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said the organisation was working with the Queensland Conservation Council and the Australian Conservation Federation to muster public opinion ... Read More »

ACU hosting panel on Papal encyclical

ACU Encyclical panel

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is inviting the public to get involved in an important discussion on climate change by coming to a panel discussion called Integral Ecology – unpacking the Pope’s call to action on climate change, on Thursday 6 August. The discussion will be held at ACU’s North Sydney Campus and live streamed through the ACU YouTube page. Those ... Read More »

True love is chaste love

Pope on chaste love

POPE Francis has urged young people to live a chaste love, because true love respects the other and refuses to use him or her. The youth of Turin welcomed Pope Francis on June 21 as he concluded day one of his two-day trip by speaking for about 30 minutes to the young people gathered in Plaza Vittorio. Three of the ... Read More »

Praise be to you, Lord

Ladauto Si', the Hobbit and Tolkien

By Archbishop Charles Chaput THE First World War lingers in the memory as humanity’s first encounter with industrialised killing on a mass scale. New weapons of the machine age obliterated forests, villages and fields – an entire way of life. This new type of war also deeply shaped the thinking of men who experienced it first-hand. Among them were JRR Tolkien ... Read More »

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

POPE Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. He points to numerous ways world organisations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some ... Read More »

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

THE earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, ... Read More »

Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

APPEALING to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said on June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our ... Read More »

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