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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 »

Prayer can work miracles, pope says

PRAYER can bring miracles and it keeps hearts from growing hard, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on January 12 in the Casa Santa Marta. “It’s the prayer of the faithful that brings change to the Church,” the Pope said. “It’s not us popes, bishops or priests who carry the Church forward, but the saints.” The Pope focused his ... Read More »

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

ON a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice”. With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy”. The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was ... 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 »

Letter allegedly signed by synod cardinals a ‘Roman melodrama’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Pope Francis leads the Synod of Bishops on the family at Vatican

CONCERNS about the synod on the family written in a leaked private letter that was signed by 13 cardinals has made the synod look “not much more than a political caucus,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In his most recent blog post for the Brisbane Archdiocese, Archbishop Coleridge said the “confusing” situation, which has been denied already by at least five cardinals, including Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, ... Read More »

Pope defends his teaching on social issues and economy

POPE Francis has defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine. Speaking to reporters flying with him from Cuba to Washington on September 22, the pope was asked about comments, mainly from the United States, claiming the pope is a communist and about the Newsweek headline, “Is ... Read More »

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

Pope Francis

WHILE a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he was not “promoting the nullity of marriages, ... Read More »

True love is chaste love

Pope on chaste love

POPE Francis has urged young people to live a chaste love, because true love respects the other and refuses to use him or her. The youth of Turin welcomed Pope Francis on June 21 as he concluded day one of his two-day trip by speaking for about 30 minutes to the young people gathered in Plaza Vittorio. Three of the ... Read More »

Listening not speaking

Synod family

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge THE Synod next October has been much on my mind.  What time I’ve been able to gouge out of the diary I’ve spent boning up on the many complex issues that will be on the table at the Synod.  The more you look at them, the more complex they become.  But the Synod has been on ... Read More »

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