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Pope says Mary is always ready to help

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STANDING before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.  “She is the virgin of readiness, Our Lady of Haste,” the Pope said on May 31 at the end of a ... Read More »

Date set for Israeli-Palestinian prayer for peace

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POPE Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday (June 8) to pray for peace. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed the date in a statement on May 29. During his recent visit to the Holy Land, the Pope spontaneously invited Mr Peres and Mr Abbas to come to the ... Read More »

Pope calls for world’s Christians to pray for peace

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POPE Francis has called on the world’s Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, to help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity. While peace was a gift from God, it was also built out of the day-to-day handiwork of individuals: true “artisans of peace”, who were capable of ... Read More »

Pope seeks closer ties among Christians, Jews and Muslims

Pope Francis in Holy Land

POPE Francis spent the last morning of his three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslims and Jews and calling for closer relations among the three major monotheistic religions as the basis for peace in the region.  At his first appearance on May 26, Pope Francis toured the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, sacred to Muslims ... Read More »

Go to confession, don’t wait, pope urges

IF you haven’t been to confession recently, don’t wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness. “If a lot of time has passed, don’t lose even one more day. Go,” the pope said  on February1 9, promising that “the priest will be ... Read More »

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 »

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