‘The world is tired of charming liars. And, I might say, of ‘trendy’ priests or bishops… The people of God have the perceptiveness of God – and run away when they recognise narcissists, manipulators, defenders of their own causes and hawkers of vain crusades. ’
Pope Francis urges a group of recently-appointed bishops to make their ministry ‘a symbol of mercy’ at a gathering in Rome on 16 September 2016.
Pope visits neonatal units
Donning a green hospital gown, Pope Francis visited a neonatal unit in Rome in September. Each month the Pope has been making visits to various ministries to help mark the Year of Mercy.
‘The Holy Father wanted to give a strong sign of the importance of life, from its first moment to its natural end’, the Vatican stated.
‘Acceptance of life and guarantee of human dignity at all stages of development are lessons repeatedly stressed by Pope Francis.’
Pope Francis: ‘Care for creation’ a work of mercy
Caring for our common home is both a spiritual and corporal work of mercy, Pope Francis has announced.
In a message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September, Pope Francis said the ‘object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces’.
He said the spiritual work of mercy ‘calls for a grateful contemplation of God’s world which allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us’. Meanwhile, the corporal work of mercy ‘requires simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness’.
Saint for this edition: St John XXIII
Feast Day 11 October
St John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council. Read his story here
Australian Catholics Awards
Congratulations to our winners at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards this year. Our magazine received five awards in all, including:
Winner: Best Education Coverage
‘Opening God’s mercy to all children’ by Clare Deignan (Summer 2016)
Winner: Best Article on Catechesis
‘The Gospel according to Star Wars’ by Michael McVeigh (Easter 2016)
Winner: Best Feature Multiple Authors
‘Food glorious food’ by various (Christmas 2015)
Winner: Best Original Artwork
‘About a boy’ by Becky Xie (Spring 2015)
Highly Commended: Best Feature Story
‘Mercy in the heart of justice’ by Jemimah McMurray