Diocese of Parramatta

Tag: Pope Francis

God wants to build bridges not walls: Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US

 By Ben Smith, Director, Family and Life Office Family was at the core of Pope Francis’ trip to the USA at the end of September. He identified, in his General Audience on September 30 that his words and actions from the trip could be symbolised by this statement: “God always wants to build bridges; we… Read More ›

Families and Pope Francis

This resource has been developed for families across the Diocese of Parramatta to help them deepen their appreciation for the dignity of family life. The resource includes some of Pope Francis’ thoughts on faith and families. Furthermore the document includes some information on the Synod on the Family, St Louis and Zelie Martin and the sacrament… Read More ›

Fatherhood: A journey that changes you forever

By Ben Smith, Director Family & Life Office I hope all fathers enjoy the presents and affection they receive on Father’s Day on September 6. The wonderful hand-made cards that I usually get from my children are special to me and make me reflect on how fatherhood has changed me over the last 10 years…. Read More ›

Aussie couple tell of their joys and fears about marriage while almost speechless in front of the Pope

AUSTRALIAN couple Camillus O’Kane and Kelly Walsh were almost speechless when they spoke to Pope Francis — but when the words came out they had a powerful message. Mr O’Kane, 29, of Yarrawonga in Victoria, and Ms Walsh, 33, of Grong Grong in NSW, were lucky enough to be invited to meet the Holy Father… Read More ›

Synod: “A Path of solidarity, a journey together”, says Pope Francis

October 2014 The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops drew to a close on 19 October 2014 with Pope Francis welcoming the frank and open discussions that took place and saying the synod had been held in “a spirit of collegiality”. The Extraordinary Synod, held at the Vatican from 5-19 October 2014,… Read More ›