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Briefing reporters Tuesday on the event, known as a Synod of Bishops, Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica said one or more synod members specifically referred to three terms commonly used by the church:
ROME – Although the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family may be primarily a gathering of prelates, during the opening two days of the meeting it's largely been the laity who have stolen the show. (07/10/2014)
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis opened discussions at his worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops Monday by telling the prelates they should speak openly, without fear of upsetting him or limiting discussions to things he would want to hear. Using the Greek term parrhesia -- meaning to speak candidly or boldly, and without fear -- the pontiff told the some 190 prelates gathered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall they should "speak with parrhesia and listen with humility." (06/10/2014)
We too, in the Synod of Bishops, are called to work for the Lord's vineyard. Synod Assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas, or to see who is more intelligent… They are meant to better nurture and tend the Lord's vineyard, to help realize his dream, his loving plan for his people. In this case the Lord is asking us to care for the family, which has been from the beginning an integral part of his loving plan for humanity. (05/10/2014)
Ebola "This is a terrible, infectious disease, which one can deal with safely with the appropriate training and supplies," said Flanigan, an infectious disease specialist at Miriam Hospital, as well as a deacon at Tiverton parishes St. Christopher and St. Theresa, in a telephone interview with the Rhode Island Catholic from Monrovia in early September. (23/09/2014)
The National Association of Deacons Conference for 2015 will be held in Melbourne, 8-11 October 2015, at the TREACY CENTRE, Parkville.
Today is a day of joy for you, your parents, your families and friends, and for your religious family, the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is a day of rejoicing for me as a bishop and for the whole Church. We rejoice that today God's grace of Holy Orders will make you servants in ministry to the Church. (14/09/2014)
The Prime Minister has declared this Thursday, August 7, to be a National Day of Mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and has arranged for a National Memorial Service to take place at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.
The National Memorial Service, at 10.30am, is interdenominational and members of the public are invited to attend. (04/08/2014)
The former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has died at the age of 90, after years of ill-health. Cardinal Clancy passed away early yesterday at the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home at Randwick, reports AAP in The Australian. (03/08/2014)