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  • Pope Francis: Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel’

    VATICAN CITY — The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel,” Pope Francis said. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism’s discussion of the death penalty, already...
  • Msgr John Boyle celebrates new mission in Rome

    Monsignor John Boyle, formerly of St Bernadette’s Parish Castle Hill, was appointed Rector of Domus Australia by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. Catholic Outlook spoke to Msgr Boyle on the six month anniversary of his appointment and the challenges he is facing in the Eternal City. Fireworks exploded from Castel Sant’Angelo...
  • Respect immigrants; they aren’t the enemy, Caritas says

    Politicians and community leaders must recognize the benefits of welcoming newcomers and not believe immigrants should be rejected automatically, said members of a panel launching the Caritas “Share the Journey” campaign. Immigrants and refugees need to be respected and assisted, not treated like an enemy, they said during a...
  • Have we lost the capacity to have a discussion?

    Bishop Robert Barron from Word on Fire Catholic Ministries ponders whether we, as a society, are losing the ability to discuss ideas and form constructive arguments. With the recent attack on Catholic students at The University of Sydney and other attacks, like the attempted silencing of Archbishop Julian Porteous, and...
  • Bishop Vincent address at the Manly Reunion Gathering

    Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL, Bishop of Parramatta Address at the Manly Reunion Gathering at DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club, Lidcombe 30 August 2017   THE PRIESTHOOD IN AUSTRALIA Reflections on its future in the light of the Royal Commission   INTRODUCTION: Thank you for this...
  • Bishop Vincent address at the launch of the Social Justice Statement 2017-2018

    Address at the Launch of the 2017-2018 Australian Catholic Bishop’s Social Justice Statement at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney “Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy”   Thank you, John and my sincere thanks to Auntie Elsie, Commissioner Susan Pascoe and Fr Frank Brennan for their outstanding contributions...
  • Child Protection Sunday

    The Catholic Church in Australia observed Child Protection Sunday on 10 September 2017.   Child Protection Sunday, 10 September 2017 Throughout this last week (3-9 September), National Child Protection Week has invited all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. ...
  • Pope tells youth to ‘break the mirror’ of narcissism, focus on others

    On Monday Pope Francis told youth to steer clear of modern society’s narcissistic tendencies, which he referred to as a vain “illness.” He said they should instead concentrate on helping others and on developing a healthy ability to laugh at oneself. “This culture that we live in, which is...
  • Pope Francis: Marriage is between a man and a woman

    By virtue of its very definition, marriage can only be between a man and a woman, Pope Francis said in a new book-length interview. “We cannot change it. This is the nature of things,” not just in the church, but in human history, he said in a series of...
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