24 May 2022

Sainthood for Saharan monk

The Catholic Church welcomed a new saint into its midst when Pope Francis canonised Charles de Foucauld at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday May 15. The canonisation marked the end of an extraordinary journey for the former soldier, Trappist monk, explorer, hermit and priest who wanted to imitate the life of Jesus Christ.

Don’t suffer in silence

Some families have done very well financially during COVID-19 while others have struggled. And with inflation, the cost of living and interest rates rising, the next few years for some could be even more difficult. While there are those that have excelled, for people who have lost their businesses, are in a lower income bracket, or work in retail or aged care, the picture is not so rosy.


R M Williams, Australian bushman and entrepreneur once said only a fool doesn’t believe in God. The man who created finely crafted leather goods lived to the ripe old age of 95 and was a true believer to the end.

Renewing love in a marriage

The purpose of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family, is to describe and evaluate the ‘joy of love’ experienced in family life — for this joy is a powerful proclamation that the gospel is indeed good news for the fractured and questioning family of humanity (1).