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Religious say helping victims will entail stopping traffickers and the demand

Human trafficking protest

BRINGING the light of hope to ending human trafficking means confronting the brutal “darkness” of evil that is driving those who exploit others, said a number of women religious helping victims. Already “thousands and thousands of us are working in networks across the world to dispel this darkness, and it’s not happening, so we have to ask ourselves, ‘What do ... Read More »

First world day against human trafficking set for February

Trafficking

THE first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking has been announced for February 8, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually was freed and became a Canossian nun. A November 25 press release from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers said the day was intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection ... Read More »

Praise God, proclaim salvation, pray for the persecuted, Pope says

Pope Francis

PRAYER and mission are the very breath of the Christian life, Pope Francis said. “When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. When exhaling this air, we announce Jesus Christ risen by the same spirit,” Pope Francis told members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships. The Pope met on October ... Read More »

Prayer power marshalled for positive G20 outcome

By Paul Dobbyn PRAYER and fasting has been called for as an act of solidarity with marginalised people around the world whose voices will not be heard in Brisbane’s G20 Leaders Summit on November 15 and 16. The call from Christian Church leaders comes in the midst of a series of prayer vigils around Brisbane churches under the banner, The ... Read More »

Pope: Drop the melodrama, pray for strength, for those truly in pain

Pope Francis prays

AVOID the melodrama and self-pity over minor problems in life, Pope Francis said. Instead, use life’s inevitable difficulties to pray for strength and pray for those who are suffering real tragedy, he said in a morning homily on September 30. “Our life is too easy, our complaints are melodramatic complaints” compared to the many people suffering from debilitating disease, hunger ... Read More »

Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash

Pope Francis embrace

POPE Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience on August 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the Pope’s words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: “The pope has a family, too. ... Read More »

Pope asks for international action to help Iraq’s persecuted Christians

Pope Francis

POPE Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in north-eastern Iraq who were forced from their homes in the middle of the night on August 7 by Islamic State militants. The Pope also made a “pressing appeal to the international community to take initiatives to put an end to the humanitarian ... Read More »

Brisbane parish launches prayer campaign for peace in Iraq

Peace Prayer Vigil

BRISBANE Catholic families, “scared and terrified” for their relatives in Iraq, have taken heart from a prayer campaign launched last weekend (August 3). “It’s nice to know people are thinking of us,” Dina Nona said at the St Joseph and St Anthony Church, Bracken Ridge, in Brisbane, after an ecumenical prayer vigil for peace in Iraq and other troubled spots ... Read More »

Leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community asks people to join prayer day

Archbishop Louis R. Sako

THE leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community has joined with an international Catholic charity, calling for a global day of prayer for peace in Iraq today, August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration is one of the 12 great feasts of the Eastern Church – which is why it has been selected by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael ... Read More »

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