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Pope calling us to study the Word of God with the whole Church

THE newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word, Pope Francis said. By papal decree, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 26 – is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and ... Read More »

Vatican chooses Ashleigh Green for new youth advisory board

ASHLEIGH Green is becoming the new face of young Australian Catholics after being asked to represent Australia’s youth at the Vatican a second time. Miss Green will represent Australia on the International Youth Advisory Body, established for the Youth Office of the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life.  She is one of 20 young people from five continents chosen to ... Read More »

Priest visiting from Vatican urges people to discover the humanity of migrants and refugees

SCALABRINIAN Father Fabio Baggio urged people to discover the human face of migrants and refugees. “We are not talking about numbers, we are talking about people,” Fr Baggio said. “The faces of people and stories of people are much more important than the numbers.” Fr Baggio, who leads the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development Migrants and Refugees Section, addressed ... Read More »

Summit on child protection opens with Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of evil acts committed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the powerful impact of hearing from child sexual abuse survivors during the opening of an historic Vatican summit on child protection. “I was surprised at the way tears welled up,” Archbishop Coleridge said of the pre-recorded video testimonials from abuse survivors.  They included one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge under a global media spotlight in Rome as abuse summit begins

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has described the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church as “a global emergency”, and a Vatican summit this week “requires a global response”. For Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and finding himself under a global media spotlight in Rome as the summit begins, the urgency of the abuse crisis requires concrete, ... Read More »

The Catholic Church and the LGBTI community: loving the sinner while enlightening the sin

INSIDERS have said the Church’s decision to seek the advice of the LGBTI community has “stirred unease” among some Catholics.  Many fear the conference could result in radical change at a time when issues such as the ordination of female priests and the relaxing of mandatory celibacy rules are already hotly contested. Recently Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli invited 80 members ... Read More »

Turning dialogue into action – summit about tackling abuse needs to be more than just words

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appealed for concerted Church action and cultural change ahead of the summit on clerical sexual abuse Pope Francis has called for February 21-24 for the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world.  “There will be many words spoken in discussion, in prayer and so on, but if those words don’t give birth to action and ... Read More »

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