Women are upfront and visible IMAGE Church

Women are upfront and visible

April 18, 2018 Tracey Edstein

After five years, Pope Francis continues to surprise. Amongst other notable aspects of his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete Et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, women – saints, writers, witnesses, theologians, known and unknown ‒ are referenced frequently. It could be said that different readers look for different features – but when one belongs to a group that has frequently been marginalised, that’s entirely understandable.

Pope Francis' fervent prayer for those whose bodies have been hurt or exploited IMAGE Church

Pope Francis' fervent prayer for those whose bodies have been hurt or exploited

April 16, 2018 Britten Thompson

“Every offense or wound or violence against the body of our neighbour is an outrage to God the Creator,” Pope Francis said earlier this week.

Priesthood in Australia IMAGE Church

Priesthood in Australia

April 13, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

Catholicism arrived in Australia with the first fleet in 1788. Since the 1960s around one quarter of the population has identified as practicing Catholics.

Papal Chronicles: Pope John Paul I IMAGE Church

Papal Chronicles: Pope John Paul I

April 12, 2018 Britten Thompson

The first Pope to be born in the 20th century is also the Pope who had the shortest reign in papal history. Pope John Paul I served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 26 August, 1978 to 28 September, 1978 - just 33 days.

Pope Francis gives go ahead for 2020 Plenary Council in Australia IMAGE Church

Pope Francis gives go ahead for 2020 Plenary Council in Australia

April 12, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council – the most significant national gathering that can be held – in Australia in more than 80 years.

Pope Francis comdemns chemical weapons in Syria IMAGE Church

Pope Francis comdemns chemical weapons in Syria

April 11, 2018 Britten Thompson

Following a reported chemical weapons attack in Syria’s rebel-held city of Douma which has sparked international outrage, Pope Francis spoke out against the use of chemical weapons.

The Ring of the Fisherman IMAGE Church

The Ring of the Fisherman

April 10, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

Whenever a new pope is elected, one thing is certain: he'll wear a new papal ring – a unique piece of jewellery that is cast for each pope.

World Health Day: Healthcare is an important part of the Church’s mission IMAGE Church

World Health Day: Healthcare is an important part of the Church’s mission

April 07, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

Just as Jesus healed people during his earthly mission, care for the sick is a mission the entire Church is called to take part in. This is a message Pope Francis made clear ahead of World Health Day, observed globally on April 7.