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Brisbane invites pilgrims to World Youth Day Panama in January

Panama pilgrims receive the WYD Cross and Icon

I REMEMBER going to Mass as a teenager and looking around my parish thinking, “Am I normal?” As one of the few young people at my parish, I could count on one hand the total number of other teenagers at Mass on Sundays. The idea that I would someday celebrate my Catholic faith with thousands of other young people, seemed ... Read More »

Lines for confession high across Brisbane for Divine Mercy Sunday feast

Divine Mercy Sunday procession in Rome

PRIESTS who heard confessions on Divine Mercy Sunday said the number of people approaching the Sacrament of Penance was unexpectedly high. Queues for confession at the Sandgate Brighton parish were almost three times as long during their Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations. One parishioner said the queue was three rows long and lasted almost two hours. Oratorian Father Adrian Sharp said ... Read More »

JPII in Australia: The moment I was tackled by the Federal police during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Darwin in 1986

St John Paul II in Australia

The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling reflects on his memory of John Paul II’s visit to Darwin on November 29, 1986 when he was working on a radio news story of the papal visit. THIS month marks 30 years since Pope John Paul II visited Australia. In six-and-a-half days, from November 24-December 1, the 66-year-old pontiff visited every state and territory, ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: What happens after World Youth Day?

World Youth Day

THROUGHOUT the planning and preparation that goes into organising pilgrimages for WYD2016, a lot of focus has been on how best to  prepare and support pilgrims throughout the WYD pilgrimage experience. It is just as essential, however, to consider the question of what happens after WYD and how we can support pilgrims after this “mountain top” experience?  In 2014, Archbishop ... Read More »

Papal saints of different styles but same ministry

Papal saints

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge  THE two popes canonised last weekend were men of very different background, personality and style; and there’s been much comment about the decision of Pope Francis to canonise both men on the same day. Many saw it as an attempt to bridge the ideological divide in the Church, which made the decision largely political. But it ... Read More »

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