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 condemns chemical weapons in Syria IMAGE Church

Pope Francis condemns 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.

World Health Day: the Catholic church and health care IMAGE Church

World Health Day: the Catholic church and health care

April 06, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world. It has around 18,000 clinics, 16,000 homes for the elderly and those with special needs, and 5,500 hospitals – with 65% of them located in developing countries. In 2010, The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers said that the Church manages 26% of the world’s health care facilities.

What is a Vicar General? IMAGE Church

What is a Vicar General?

April 05, 2018 Fr Andrew Doohan

A vicar general is a priest who is appointed by the diocesan bishop to assist in the governance of the whole diocese.

St John’s Richmond: the oldest Catholic Church in Australia IMAGE Church

St John’s Richmond: the oldest Catholic Church in Australia

April 04, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

Found on the banks of the Coal River and nestled next to Australia’s oldest bridge is St John’s Catholic Church, the oldest still-functioning Catholic Church in Australia.

Pope Francis makes young boy’s dream come true IMAGE Church

Pope Francis makes young boy’s dream come true

March 29, 2018 Ashleigh Banks

When Peter Lombardi was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015, his wish was to get a kiss from Pope Francis.