International News

Lesbos and Australia: one pope, one people

Friday 22 April 2016

Media and Communications Office

FR MAURIZIO Pettena, Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office writes:

Since the end of the Second World War, global migration has become increasingly constrained through tougher immigration policies. This has seen long queues of applicants waiting for visas whilst fundamental human rights are increasingly disregarded, giving rise to increasing numbers of irregular and undocumented immigrants.

Forgiving and listening: Pope Francis's theology of the Church

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Dennis O'Brien, Commonweal magazine

MANY CATHOLICS have been deeply troubled by Pope Francis’s emphasis on mercy and forgiveness as the primary gestures of the church. Such an approach, they argue, seems to run directly counter to the church as the defender of objective moral truth. To these critics, John Paul II’s denunciations of ‘the culture of death,’ Benedict XVI’s repeated warnings about moral relativism, and the American bishops’ forthright condemnations of abortion, gay marriage, or assisted suicide better exemplify the role of the church as teacher of truth, defender of doctrine, and moral guide. Critics of Francis think that by leading with mercy and forgiveness the church trivialises sin and moral failure, justifying the old claim that Catholics have it easy when it comes to immorality.

Ukraine: ‘The Papal collection can help to overcome the crisis’

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Aid to the Church in Need



THE SPECIAL collection on behalf of the poor and needy in Ukraine, set down by the Pope for 24 April, may also be a contribution towards helping overcome the crisis in this country. This was the hope expressed recently by Auxiliary Bishop Jan Sobilo of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, in East Ukraine, in conversation with the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). He is praying that ‘the fruits of this collection will not only ease the material needs, but also heal the spiritual wounds that people have inflicted on one another, and help to accelerate the process of forgiveness and reconciliation’.