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Queensland faithful drawn to day of Eucharistic adoration

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CHURCHES and confessionals across Queensland remained open for 24 hours to respond to Pope Francis’ call for the world to be “immersed in the mercy of God”. Brisbane archdiocesan parishes, including the communities of Kenmore; Redcliffe; Nambour; St Mary’s, South Brisbane; and Sandgate, opened their doors for adoration, communal prayer and Confession. Rockhampton diocese also organised a Eucharistic procession through ... Read More »

Q&A with Peter Humeniuk

Peter Humeniuk

POPE Francis’s trip to Cuba last month paved the way for a historical meeting with Patriarch Krill of Moscow. It was the first time in history a Russian Orthodox patriarch and a Pope had met.  Aid to the Church in Need’s Russia expert Peter Humeniuk talks about the significant meeting for both the Catholic and Russian Orthodox church. Question: How ... Read More »

Bishop Brian Finnigan reaches retirement

Bishop Brian V Finnigan

BISHOP Brian Finnigan will begin the new year in retirement from his episcopal ministry after Pope Francis officially accepted his resignation yesterday.   The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Brian Vincent Finnigan, aged 77, on December 30, 2015, two years after he had presented it to Pope Francis. Diocesan bishops are canonically requested to present their resignation to the ... Read More »

Fair wage patron from Cairns named papal knight

Papal knight

FAMILY justice champion Brian Lawrence has developed a slight wardrobe dilemma since being named a papal knight. The near-retiring lay Catholic, married to administration and business leader Elizabeth Proust, is not sure how to wear the uniform for knights of the Order of Pope St Sylvester in his Cairns home. “I have to wonder what a knight should wear in ... Read More »

Pope Francis rejuvenated hope in Africa, local Kenyans say

Uganda Catholics wait for the Pope

POPE Francis’ visit to three African countries struggling through mass terrorism attacks and security scares brought hope to an often forgotten people, a Brisbane Kenyan said. Peter Kamau of Brisbane’s Jubilee parish kept on top of the Pope’s visit to his birth country, Kenya, during the past week. When he heard Pope Francis tell a journalist he was more afraid ... Read More »

Vatican spokesman offers caution about alleged letter to Pope

REPORTS on a private letter allegedly signed by 13 Cardinals to Pope Francis have caused unnecessary “disruption” to the worldwide meeting in Rome, director of the Vatican Press Office said. Fr Federico Lombardi, the official spokesman for the Holy See, offered words of caution with a statement clarifying the letter, which was leaked on Italian publication L’Espresso. “As we are aware,” the spokesman ... Read More »

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 »

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