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Catholic social justice leader praying for grandson battling rare childhood dementia

Chidhood dementia patient Oliver McCoombes with parents Phillip and Catherine

THE Ipswich family of four-year-old Oliver McCoombes, who is battling a rare and fatal type of childhood dementia, are hoping and praying for a cure. Most sufferers of  Sanfilippo syndrome, will forget who their parents are and will not reach adulthood, but Oliver’s close-knit, extended family believe researchers could be on a path to finding a treatment to slow the ... Read More »

School children join global prayer relay for its recent Australia leg

MANY school children joined the Annual Global Rosary Relay 2020 for its Australian leg recently. Held on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, the annual event is promoted by the international Worldpriest organisation and prays for the sanctification of priests and the Pope’s intentions. About 25 people gathered at Broken Bay diocese’s Our Lady of ... Read More »

Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervour amid pandemic in Italy

THE uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in prayers and religious fervour in Italy, a recent study said. The study, which was released on May 22, was conducted by the State University of Milan, to “daily monitor public opinion during the COVID-19 emergency” and the impact it “has had on the religiosity ... Read More »

During plague, Church members called on saints for help and healing

THE Catholic Church has a long tradition of calling on saints and praying for their intercession in sickness and difficult times. This plea for saintly help for protection from disease and healing was particularly evident when the bubonic plague, or Black Death, spread throughout Europe in the 14th century killing one-third of the population. At the time, in many cities ... Read More »

Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

ACROSS a parched Australia the Church is dedicating November as a month to pray for those touched by crippling drought, and to pray for rain. Parishes, schools, families and Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to take part in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to dig deep and provide assistance to those in need. ... Read More »

Esk churches unite to thank God for rain in southern Queensland

Children play in a puddle in Maryvale

RAIN across parts of southern Queensland has lifted spirits in many dry farming regions – but no more so than in the south-east town of Esk, where a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Rural Communities and Rain has been cause for galvanising and jubilant celebration. In Esk, 100km north-west of Brisbane, last Sunday’s ecumenical event, initiated by the St ... Read More »

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