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'We must act now' - Caritas Australia chief says Ethiopian food crisis is acute

Jul 6, 2022

RITAS Australia chief executive officer Kirsty Robertson has called for an immediate response for ugent famine prevention relief after meeting with Caritas Ethiopia to discuss responses to the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa. "The food crisis is acute,...

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Vote over role of women disrupts in Plenary Council assembly

Jul 6, 2022

On day 3 of the Plenary Council a "crisis" erupted inside the assembly about the role that women should play in the Catholic Church in Australia. The assembly program for the 277 assembly members was put on hold after a final vote by bishops rejected...

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Pope Francis condemns Independence Day parade attack and calls for end of violence

Jul 6, 2022

POPE Francis has condemned the "senseless" mass shooting that killed seven people and injured at least 40 others at a Fourth of July parade in Chicago on Monday. In a telegram sent to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich, Pope Francis said he joined...

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Plenary Council assembly reaches decision day about the Church role of women

Jul 6, 2022

AMIDST global debate about the role of women in the Catholic Church, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge says it will be "a close call" today whether a motion to support women becoming Church deacons is supported at Australia's historic Plenary Council...

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'For the moment, no,' - Pope Francis dismisses resignation rumours in wide-ranging interview

Jul 5, 2022

POPE Francis has said he has no plans to resign soon and that his knee injury is healing. Reports of Pope Francis resigning began to spread last month in light of three events to happen in late August, including the creation of new cardinals and a day...

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Plans for indigenous elements, memorials to trauma, to complement Catholic liturgy

Jul 5, 2022

Part of the Australian Catholic Church's reconciliation and healing will be to introduce indigenous culture into the Catholic liturgy, as well as memorials for the "awful harm and trauma" of child sexual abuse committed by priests and Church workers...

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Called to share the message of Jesus at mission school

Jul 4, 2022

BRISBANE auxiliary Bishop Tim Norton shared his experience of how the missionary heart of children helped curb gang violence on the streets of his parish in Mexico City. Bishop Norton was the keynote speaker on the first day of Xavier School of Mission,...

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Cathedral green packed with families for festival day

Jul 4, 2022

A JUMPING castle, a petting zoo, a face painting stall brought hundreds of people of all ages to St Stephen's Cathedral for Brisbane's part in the World Meeting of Families on June 25. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated Mass to open the festivities...

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Fr Mike Schmitz's next podcast Catechism in a Year starts New Year's Day

Jul 4, 2022

UNITED States priest Fr Mike Schmitz, the voice behind the "Bible in a Year" podcast, is set to launch a new "Catechism in a Year" podcast from January 1 next year. For the 365 days of 2023, Fr Schmitz will read through the entire Catechism of the Catholic...

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Mass with signs of indigenous respect launch historic Plenary Council assembly

Jul 3, 2022

THE Second Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia begins in earnest today with more than 270 Church members expected to endorse two motions of national importance - support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and an apology to First Nations...

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