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Pope Francis makes time for Brisbane seminarians

Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary staff and seminarians meeting Pope Francis on December 23.

POPE Francis has committed to praying for Queensland after meeting with Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary staff and seminarians in December. Seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo made a request to have 12 seminary students, two deacons, and three religious attend the Pope’s daily Mass, celebrated in the Holy Father’s private chapel at Casa Santa Marta. The seminary group was on pilgrimage ... Read More »

‘Scandals are the shame of the Church’

Pope Francis speaks at meeting with ambassadors to Holy See at Vatican

POPE Francis had some strong words this week regarding the scandals that have rocked the Church in recent history, calling them “the shame of the Church.” The Holy Father reflected on the topic during his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta on January 16. The first reading from the 1st book of Samuel recalled the defeat of Israel by ... Read More »

Pope invites priest friend into popemobile

Pope meets old friend

  VATICAN CITY: When Fr Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn’t have an appointment to meet with the Pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him. A week and a half in Rome seemed like plenty of time to meet up with the Pope ... Read More »

Seminarians meet the Pope

Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary students and faculty in Rome after attending Mass and meeting Pope Francis in December.

HOLY Spirit Provincial Seminary students and deacons prayed and met with Pope Francis on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome. Twelve seminary students, two deacons, seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo, Brisbane archdiocese’s vocations director Fr Morgan Batt and seminary spiritual director Carmelite Father Paul Chandler attended Mass at Casa Santa Maria with Pope Francis on December 23. ... Read More »

Guard faith with ‘spiritual cunning’, says Pope

Three Kings

VATICAN CITY: Christians should go out into the world to follow God but use “holy cunning” to guard against the snares of temptation, Pope Francis said. The Pope made the remarks at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on January 6 on the feast of the Epiphany, which marks the manifestation of Jesus as saviour to the world. In his ... Read More »

Faithful urged to test spirits

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: “The Christian is a man or a woman who knows to keep watch over his or her heart,” the Holy Father observed in his homily on January 7 at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope reflected on the importance of vigilance in discerning what comes from God. Speaking on the first reading from the First Letter of John, the ... Read More »

Pope to visit Holy Land

Western Wall

AMMAN, Jordan: Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem welcomed the announcement of Pope Francis’ May visit to the Holy Land and said he hopes the pilgrimage will be a “cry for peace”, particularly for Palestinians, Israelis, Syrians and others beset by conflict. Pope Francis announced his first trip as pontiff to the Holy Land, May 24-26, during his weekly blessing ... Read More »

Pope changes rules on use of ‘monsignor’ title

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has instituted a change in the conferring of the title of “monsignor”, ordering that within dioceses it only be granted to priests who are at least 65 years of age, the Vatican announced on January 7. In a statement issued by the Secretariat of State, the Vatican said it had informed bishops’ conferences, through a circular ... Read More »

Pope calls 2015 ‘Year of Consecrated Life’

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: Emphasising the importance of the religious vocation, Pope Francis announced on November 29, 2015 would be dedicated to consecrated life. The Holy Father made the announcement during the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals, which concluded in Rome. Although a brief meeting with the union was planned, Pope Francis spent three hours in a question-and-answer ... Read More »

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