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  • Pope Francis’ surprise visit to blind centre on Friday

    Read the full article by Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency here Although the Jubilee Year of Mercy has officially ended, Pope Francis today made a surprise “Mercy Friday” visit to a center for the blind and visually impaired in Rome – showing that he doesn’t think works of mercy...
  • Grow your faith with some yummy herbs

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook   A spirituality and gardening workshop from the Institute for Mission (IFM) teaches parishioners about faith and care for the natural environment. ‘Growing Herbs and Growing Faith’ is the name of the IFM’s two hour workshop, run by Charbel Dib, Resource Coordinator at the...
  • Fr Ken Howell appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

    The Holy Father has appointed Fr Kenneth Michael Howell as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The announcement was made at noon Rome time on 28 March 2017. The Auxiliary Bishop-Elect will serve alongside the Archbishop of Brisbane, Most Rev Mark Coleridge. On behalf of the Australian...
  • Pope Francis message on World Youth Day

    MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE THIRTY-SECOND WORLD YOUTH DAY 2017 “The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:49)   Dear Young Friends, Here we are, on the road again, following our great meeting in Kraków, where we celebrated the Thirty-first World Youth Day...
  • What Egypt’s Catholic Bishops said to Pope Francis

    This article originally appeared on Catholic News Agency, by Andrea Gagliarducci. Vatican City, Feb 14, 2017 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News). A special invitation to visit Egypt was delivered to Pope Francis by Coptic Catholic bishops during their ad limina visit on 6 February 2017, during which they also gave a...
  • Pope Francis: forgive us for the abuse

    This article originally appeared on NCR, by Josephine McKenna.   VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has condemned clerical sex abuse as an “absolute monstrosity” and asked victims and their families for forgiveness on behalf of the Catholic church. In an unusual move, the pontiff’s comments were published as a preface to a...
  • Pope Francis appoints Fr Timothy Harris, 6th Bishop of Townsville

    On 8 February 2017, the Holy Father appointed Fr Timothy Harris, a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, as the sixth Bishop of Townsville. Bishop-Elect Harris is currently the Parish Priest of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Speaking about his new appointment, Bishop-Elect Harris said, ‘I’m very conscious...
  • Fr Gerard O’Dempsey: called to the Capuchins

    By Jordan Grantham, Catholic Outlook, February 2017 Vintage model buses and many books fill Fr Gerard O’Dempsey’s busy office at Good Shepherd Parish, Plumpton. “A tidy desk is the sign of an unoccupied mind!” he says with a laugh. This is Fr Gerard’s second appointment as Parish Priest of...
  • World Communications Day

    Message of His Holiness Pope Francis For World Communications Day 24 January 2017   «Fear not, for I am with you» (Is 43:5):   Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time Access to the media – thanks to technological progress – makes it possible for countless people to share...
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