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  • Feb 2016 '16

    Brisbane supporters put their compassion into action

    In 2016 thousands of schools, parishes and communities across Brisbane will participate in Project Compassion, one of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraising and awareness campaigns. This year marks 50 years of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency’s annual appeal, which thanks to supporters, schools and parishes across Australia raised a…

  • Dec 2015 '15

    Australian Bishops to open Holy Doors for Jubilee of Mercy

    Continuing an ancient tradition in the Church, dioceses across Australia are preparing to open Doors of Mercy for the Jubilee of Mercy that will commence on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2015, across the Church internationally. Pope Francis wants the Holy Year to be for believers ‘a true moment of encounter with…

  • Nov 2015 '15

    Catholic Church releases guidelines for responding to civil claims for child sexual abuse

    Archbishop Mark Coleridge has backed new guidelines which provide a more simple pathway for victims of sexual abuse to seek redress from the Catholic Church. The Archbishop said the guidelines, to be adopted from January 1 2016, match the spirit of the Brisbane Archdiocese’s response to those harmed by Church personnel. The new guidelines, issued…

  • Nov 2015 '15

    POP’s day is tops for parish professionals

    Parish employees have been acknowledged for their invaluable service to the archdiocese at the recent “Parish Office Professionals’ Day”. 94 attendees representing 63 parishes, close to two-thirds of the archdiocese, were present for the annual in-service and networking event. The large turnout necessitated a shift from the traditional venue at the Francis Rush Centre into…

  • Oct 2015 '15

    Legal Euthanasia would endanger vulnerable people

    A radical change to society’s most foundational law, overturning the prohibition of euthanasia, would be ethically unjustifiable; could not ensure the legal protection of the vulnerable and would fail to uphold the dignity of the dying, according to a submission from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). The ACBC submission to the Inquiry into End…

  • Sep 2015 '15

    Archbishop Coleridge heads to Rome to participate in Synod on the Family

    Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge leaves for Rome today to attend a gathering called by Pope Francis to discuss the needs facing modern families in the Church. Archbishop Coleridge is one of two Australian bishops chosen to attend the Synod on the Family, called last year by Pope Francis to “confront the new and…

  • Sep 2015 '15

    Social Justice Statement 2015 – 16

    The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2015–16 challenges Australians to think again about our national response to asylum seekers, especially those who come to Australia by sea. It invites us to recognise the desperation that has driven these people to seek refuge far from their homes. The Statement’s title is For Those Who’ve…

  • Sep 2015 '15

    Brisbane Archdiocese to take in 100 Syrian Refugee Families

    The Archdiocese of Brisbane has pledged to help resettle at least 100 refugee families from Syria. Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the Archdiocese had more than 100 parishes and he would ask each parish to reach out to families trying to start new lives in Australia. “This is an extraordinary time and it calls for extraordinary…

  • Sep 2015 '15

    Bishop Vincent Long welcomes announcement Australia will accept 12,000 more refugees

    Australia has a primary obligation to protect desperately vulnerable people and so I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today that an extra 12,000 refugees will be accepted from Syria and Iraq. ‘This is a generous response to suffering that demonstrates the compassion of the Australian people,’ says Bishop Vincent Long, Chairman of the Australian Catholic…

  • Sep 2015 '15

    Catholic Archdiocese introduces new child safety measures

    The Archdiocese of Brisbane has announced it will ask independent auditors to assess its policies around safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in an historic move to stay at the forefront of best practice. Archbishop Mark Coleridge revealed the new measure ahead of Child Protection Sunday on September 13. The independent external audits, to be conducted…

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