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Australia’s Oratory receives burst of youth

Seminarians for the Australian Oratory

YOUNG Catholic seminarians have almost outnumbered the priests making their home in Australia’s first Oratory. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation welcomed Brisbane men Matthew Buckley, now known as Br Peter, and Conor Power to the community in September. Br Peter is a qualified civil engineer, and was a former member of the University of Queensland’s Newman Society and helped start ... Read More »

Nigerian priests return home for bishop’s jubilee

Bishop Lucius Ugorji

By Emilie Ng NIGERIAN priests serving in the Brisbane archdiocese returned home last week to honour the man who sent them to Australia. Umuahia Bishop Lucius Ugorji welcomed home his Australian missionaries to commemorate 25 years since his episcopal ordination in 1990. Among the returning priests were Fr Henry Maduka, Fr Modestus Mgbaramuko, Fr Francis Onwunali and Fr Gabriel Kalu, ... Read More »

Vatican statistics show modest, steady Church growth worldwide

WYD Brazil

THE number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics. For the second year in a row, the number of candidates for the priesthood also decreased. The numbers come from the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, ... Read More »

Pope urges priests, bishops to keep their love for Jesus alive

Pope Francis and child

CELEBRATING an early-morning Mass with a congregation made up of priests and bishops, Pope Francis said they regularly need to ask themselves if they love Jesus as much as when they first encountered him, and whether ministry, not administration, is still their priority. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: ‘How is your love today?’ ... Read More »

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