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Jun 2019 '19
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Humanity's true menace may turn out to be not the temperature of the earth, but of our hearts

ON Boxing Day last year I went for a hike up Mount Lofty. It is a relatively short drive from the Adelaide city centre and provided a wonderful vista of the surrounds, as well as the opportunity for me to clear my head of...
Jun 2019 '19
14th

Search on for new Brisbane archdiocesan archivist as Fr Denis Martin plans to call it a day

AUTHOR and archivist Fr Denis Martin has relished uncovering many treasures during decades of research. The 75-year-old will soon retire after 47 years as a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, including three decades of...
Jun 2019 '19
14th

Blossoming Alpha program leading people back to Jesus and His Church at Springfield Parish

FOUR Springfield parishioners have come back to the Church and the sacraments after attending the popular worldwide evangelisation program, Alpha. Judy Fakaosi Siaki, Brett Larsson, Jessica Thompson and Victoria Laban...
Jun 2019 '19
13th

Brisbane Catholic lifesaving stalwart John McClelland honoured in Queen's Birthday list

REGENTS Park parishioner and former lifesaver John McClelland was among several Catholics who were recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List. Mr McClelland joined fellow Catholics honoured including...
Jun 2019 '19
13th

Hendra parishioners on a high celebrating 90 years of faith-filled history

HENDRA parishioners have always been sitting closer to Heaven than others. In July 1929, Brisbane archdiocese secured the most elevated portion of land in Hendra - a flat and aluminium-rich farming suburb. Ninety years...
Jun 2019 '19
13th

Emphasising the importance of boys and men looking after their physical and mental health

THE biggest killer of Australian men between the age of 15 and 45 was suicide in 2018 - a number which was higher nationwide among police officers, North Brisbane CIB Detective Sergeant Andrew Ayres said. It was seeing these...
Jun 2019 '19
12th

Plenary Council 2020 take a major step forward with release of national themes for discernment

PLENARY Council 2020 has moved into its next preparation phase with an announcement of six national themes for discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people. National...
Jun 2019 '19
12th

Gender ideology is opposed to faith and reason, Church leaders say in new document

CATHOLIC schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God's plan for creation, the Congregation for Catholic Education said. In a document published on...
Jun 2019 '19
11th

Toni Janke is making a difference 'one family at a time' by getting out of the way and letting God work

HOW'S this for a job description - "My job is to get out of the way, and let God do His work"? That's what it boils down to for Toni Janke in her role as Indigenous Services co-ordinator within Centacare Family and...
Jun 2019 '19
10th

Visionary priest Fr Leo Donnelly remembered as a pillar of the Port Macquarie parish community

FATHER Leo Francis Donnelly's life was big - he was a big man with a "big heart" and "big achievements". Lismore Bishop Gregory Homeming said Fr Donnelly exemplified megalopsychia - his body was not big enough to contain his...
Jun 2019 '19
10th

New Catholic wins a volunteer award, embracing the social justice teaching of the Church

YOUNG Catholic Lachlan Dent lives his life by a simple ethos - give your time and talents to other people. The 22-year-old recently was awarded the top prize at the north Queensland Volunteer awards in Townsville for his...
Jun 2019 '19
10th

Churches mark 10th anniversary of historic ecumenical covenant in south-east Queensland

CATHOLIC leaders in south-east Queensland have celebrated a decade-long reaffirmation of a "covenant of understanding" with the local Anglican church - part of an ecumenical journey described as "urgent". "We are in new...
Jun 2019 '19
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Archbishop Mark Coleridge tells newly ordained priests they must be a living sign of God-with-us

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge's homily at the priestly ordination of Brendan Gormley and Joshua Whitehead at St Stephen's Cathedral on May 31. John and Jesus - Brendan and Joshua -an odd pairing, you say. But...
Jun 2019 '19
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Vinnies' CEO Kevin Mercer ready for a cold night on the streets to raise awareness at a corporate level

ST Vincent de Paul Society's Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercer is getting ready to sleep rough on the streets of Brisbane for the annual CEO Sleep Out. "The CEO Sleep Out is an annual event where we raise funds...
Jun 2019 '19
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Speaking truth - Australian bishops ready to depart on an Ad Limina visit to meet with Pope

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge understands the complex moment for the Church in Australia as he prepares to lead more than 40 bishops on an Ad Limina visit to meet Pope Francis. "I think we are a Church that is...
Jun 2019 '19
6th

Three Victorian Court of Appeal judges retire to decide Cardinal George Pell's after two-day hearing

A PANEL of three judges has retired to consider whether there are grounds to quash a sexual assault conviction against Cardinal George Pell. During a two-day hearing in Victoria's Court of Appeal, prosecutors maintained a...
Jun 2019 '19
6th

Church rolls on with its safety plans aimed at tightening protection and governance

THE Church is pushing ahead with historic safeguarding measures aimed at tightening protection and governance - in line with recommendations of Australia's Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. The National Catholic...
Jun 2019 '19
6th

Appeal barrister says it was 'literally impossible' for Cardinal George Pell to have committed abuse

CARDINAL George Pell's lawyer has told an appeal court that his client had a "strong, credible" alibi and that crimes of sexually abusing two choirboys in St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne were "literally and logically...
Jun 2019 '19
6th

Church voices weigh in on confusion over some Catholic schools teaching gender-neutral prayers

A CANON lawyer has spoken out about the correct form of prayers, after a mainstream media furore about some Brisbane Catholic girls' schools teaching gender-neutral descriptions to replace traditional terms like "Lord...
Jun 2019 '19
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Christian Brother Damien Price believes in a God who is light in the midst of the darkest night

IN my childhood I was introduced to the story and the image of the Sacred Heart. We were gently taught that June was a special month in which - in small but meaningful ways we focused on the total and unconditional love of...
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