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What Pope Francis told Queensland Catholic educators

QCEC leaders

QUEENSLAND Catholic education leaders have returned from Rome with a personal call from Pope Francis etched in their minds and hearts. The Pope inspired the educators at a world congress on Catholic education, Educating Today and Tomorrow – A renewing passion, held in Rome from November 18-21. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was among about 1000 delegates ... Read More »

Church’s language must change, not doctrine, Archbishop Coleridge says in interview

Synod bishops

BISHOPS meeting to discuss issues concerning families worldwide need to explore the “vast middle ground” between keeping faithful to Church doctrine or doing nothing, Archbishop Coleridge has said in an interview with National Catholic Reporter. As one of two Australian bishops at the synod, Archbishop Coleridge spent 45 minutes with an NCR journalist to discuss his comparisons between the synod on ... 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 »

Nuke breakthrough

THE Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more breakthroughs were on the horizon on other issues. Holy See spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See”. “It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued ... Read More »

Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said. The Pope arrived in the Vatican’s synod hall a half-hour before the consistory, or meeting of the world’s cardinals, was set ... Read More »

New Vatican restrooms offer showers, barber shop for homeless

Homeless in Vatican

HOT showers, a soapy shave and spiffy haircuts are available for free for those whom the Vatican calls “our homeless pilgrims”. Thanks to charitable contributions from Pope Francis and private donors, the Vatican has finished remodelling and expanding a public bathroom a few steps from Bernini’s Colonnade, surrounding St Peter’s Square. The Vatican announced on February 6 that the construction ... Read More »

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

Vatican homeless

THE archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers, and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, the papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski told Catholic News Service on November 13. “We have to be evangelical, but ... Read More »

Pope’s advisers start first draft toward document overhauling Vatican

Pope Francis and cardinals

POPE Francis’ international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. The so-called C9, a papally appointed group of nine cardinal members, held its sixth meeting on September 15-17 with Pope Francis at the Vatican to help advise him on the reform of the ... Read More »

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