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Pope Francis recovering from 'mild flu,' renews call for peace in Ukraine on second anniversary of invasion

Feb 26, 2024

A DAY after canceling his audiences due to what the Vatican called a "mild flu-like condition," Pope Francis appeared in good form during his weekly Angelus address Sunday, marking the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine with a call for peace while...

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Q&A - Did Christ found the Church?

Feb 23, 2024

Fr John Flader Question - Some Protestants believe that Christ did not found a visible, hierarchical Church, but that he only preached the Kingdom of God, and it was the early Christians in different places who gradually formed themselves into communities...

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Fr Ian Wren remembered as a gentle and caring man who dedicated his life to pastoral ministry

Feb 22, 2024

BRISBANE priest Fr Ian Wren has died after a long illness and will be remembered at a Funeral Mass tomorrow at St Stephen's Cathedral. Fr Wren died at the Wesley Hospital on Monday, February 12. He was born on January 20, 1942, in Brisbane to Andrew and...

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Lives of the saints - St Peter Damian

Feb 21, 2024

ST Peter Damian was a champion of the renewal of the Church in the 11th Century. It was a time when simony was rife, clerical abuses were widespread and morality among the laity was wayward. Through his writings and his sermons, St Peter Damian helped...

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Meekness is our strength as Christians, Lent is a time to embrace it

Feb 21, 2024

By Michael Howard JESUS' call to meekness is a challenge of strength. Our world can be obnoxious and aggressive, meekness is rarely held out to be a virtue. The meek are seen as being soft or submissive, out of step with modernity's plea for us to be...

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Hundreds take the next step on path to baptism and confirmation in Brisbane

Feb 19, 2024

SEEING each person who was soon to be received into the Church at Easter, hearing their name called out and getting words of support from their friends and family - that was what organisers loved about the Rite of Election. This year marked the biggest...

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New Australian book follows flight of the Holy Spirit in the current day

Feb 16, 2024

SYDNEY theologians Dr Kevin Wagner and Dr Peter McGregor are eager to share the ideas of 20 contributors who have been pondering the theology of the Holy Spirit in their new book - Pneumatology at the Beginning of the Third Millennium. Dr McGregor, who...

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11 quotes from the saints on love and relationships

Feb 16, 2024

IN a culture where the family is attacked and love is often confused with lust, it can be hard to know what Godly love looks like in our relationships -- whether that be in dating, in marriage, or within our home. Here are 11 quotes from the saints on...

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Cast aside appearances on social media, spend time with God, pope says

Feb 15, 2024

IN an age when even one's most intimate thoughts and feelings can become fodder for social media, Lent is a time to cast aside appearances and to find God at work in the depths of the heart, Pope Francis said. Without realising it, Christians have become...

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Ash Wednesday Masses bring large numbers to St Stephen's Cathedral

Feb 14, 2024

LENT is not a time of gloom and pessimism, but a "joyful and glorious opportunity", Brisbane priest Fr Tom Elich said at the 8am Ash Wednesday Mass at St Stephen's Cathedral. He said Lent was a time "that God offers us for conversion, for a change of...

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