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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We complete today, in the catecheses on the family, the reflection on children, who are the most beautiful fruit of the blessing that the Creator has given man and woman. We have already talked about the great gift that children are; today, unfortunately, we must talk about the "stories of passion" that many of them live. (08/04/2015)
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday morning, despite the cold and the rain, to take part in Solemn Mass with Pope Francis in celebration of Easter. Following the Liturgy, the Holy Father gave the traditional Blessing Urbi et Orbi - to the City [of Rome] and to the World. To read on (05/04/2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who "sacrifice themselves daily," following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. (30/03/2015)
Notes on the International Diaconate Centre board meeting,
Houston, Texas, 9 to 12 March, 2015 (25/03/2015)
The International Diaconate Centre (IDC) jubilee celebration will be held in Rome from 21 to 25 October. It will include a pilgrimage to Assisi. As soon as the IDC website announced that there would be a private audience with Pope Francis there was a flood of registrations. It is hoped Pope Francis will make a significant statement about the permanent diaconate. (18/03/2015)
A recent biography of Francis by Austen Ivereigh offers an affectionate examination of the making of a Gospel radical, whose electrifying Pontificate has stunned the world, writes Kathryn Jean Lopez for the National Review Online. (14/03/2015)
It was with great sadness that I learnt today of the death, approximately 2 weeks ago, of Deacon John Baptist, on Bathurst Island. He was ordained on 19th June 2008,for the Diocese of Darwin, at Our Lady of Peace Bathurst Island by Bishop Eugene Hurley. John Baptist collapsed at home and was taken to the clinic on Bathurst Island but unfortunately was unable to be revived. His funeral will take place, this Friday on Bathurst Island,. Would you please keep him and his family in your prayers at this time. (11/03/2015)