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Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

POPE Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold its first plenary council – the most significant national church gathering  – in more than 80 years. “The Australian bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together ... Read More »

Brisbane bishop shares brotherly laugh with Pope Francis in first meeting

Bishop Joseph Oudeman meets Pope Francis

FORMER Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman has finally crossed off meeting Pope Francis from his bucket list just months after retiring from ministry. Despite having been a bishop for Pope Francis’ entire papacy, Bishop Oudeman had not been given a chance to meet the Holy Father before retiring in March. He finally met Pope Francis during a pilgrimage for Capuchin ... Read More »

Pope Francis pushes for peace during Colombia visit

Papa Francesco

POPE Francis arrived in Colombia for a Papal visit at a delicate time–  a 2016 peace treaty between the biggest leftist rebel group and the elected government is being implemented to put an end to a 52-year civil conflict. The deal disarms and demobilises the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as the FARC, from their Spanish initials), but there ... Read More »

International aid agency helping to rebuild troubled Myanmar

Poor child in Myanmar

FOR the past 15 years, Kevin Meese has been visiting Myanmar and has witnessed hard times of suppression under the country’s strict military rulers. Now, the Melbourne director of Catholic Mission is optimistic about Myanmar’s future as it presses ahead with democratic reforms, and he believes the Church has a vital role to play. He welcomes the announcement that Pope ... Read More »

Ex-truckie supporting two brothers with Huntington’s Disease brought to tears after watching Pope Francis’ audience with HD sufferers

Peter O'Leary

ROLLING down the highways of western Queensland, former truckie Peter O’Leary could well have had the hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother blaring out on his radio and he would’ve sung along with gusto. Today, that same song could well be his anthem. The difference is that he’s not singing it but living it. Two of his brothers have ... Read More »

Australians invited to Rome for Catholic Charismatic Renewal 50th anniversary thank Pope Francis for ‘joy-filled’ gathering

charismatic

AUSTRALIAN Catholics swept up in the grace of the Holy Spirit through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal finished a “joy filled” five-day pilgrimage to Rome for the movement’s 50th anniversary last week. Pope Francis welcomed more than 30,000 Catholics and a further 300 Evangelicals and Protestants to Rome to celebrate 50 years since the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The ... Read More »

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