In the Congo, bishops are sounding the alarm

Friday 24 March 2017

Joop Koopman, Aid to the Church in Need

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have issued an urgent warning that rising violence and political unrest are threatening the nation with ‘unravelling and chaos.’ The bishops expressed sorrow for ‘thousands’ of people who have lost their lives in recent months, including many minors enlisted by various militias. The bishops also expressed concern that the crisis might trigger a famine and even the breaking up of the nation.

Melbourne honours Blessed Oscar Romero

Friday 24 March 2017

Media and Communications Office, with Catholic News Service
Today is the anniversary of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in the chapel of a local hospital. It was one day after calling on the Salvadoran government to end its violation of human rights against the population. It is also the centenary of his birth year, which was 1917.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 26 March 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sometime ago I heard the story of a parish priest who arranged the Mass schedule on Sunday morning so that he could get a game of golf. It was a beautiful day. Saint Peter said to God, “Look at him, he should be punished for this.” God said, “Just watch.” The priest proceeded to play the best golf of his life. He got the right clubs, he hit every shot perfectly, there was even a hole in one on the eighteenth hole. Saint Peter said to God, “I thought you were going to punish him.” God said, “Just think about it. Who can he tell?”