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Census 2016: Drop in religious affiliation no surprise for Archbishop Coleridge

Decline in religious affiliation

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge believes the latest census data showing a drop in religious affiliation suggests “the young are more interested in unorganised spirituality than organised religion, and that they aren’t as interested in denominations as their forebears were”. Catholicism remains by far the most dominant religion in Australia with more than 5.2 million followers, however the 2016 census data ... Read More »

Education funding battle heating up

teacher in the classroom

THE Federal Government schools funding bill, publicly exposed as a serious threat to Catholic education across Australia, is now under serious threat. In a week of political maelstrom over Gonski 2.0 which aimed to overhaul schools funding, Liberal senators showed their dissenting muscle, and Liberal MPs in the House of Representatives threatened not to support the funding bill on current ... Read More »

Irish priest who says more funerals for children than adults in Pakistan says Church should be present ‘with people in difficult times’

Fr Thomas King

MISSIONARY priest Fr Tomas King has spent the past 25 years in Pakistan, witnessing the ravages of war, discrimination and man-made drought, yet he maintains a steadfast passion for the people he serves. “I have presided at as many funerals for children than for adults,” Fr King said. “You see a lot of pain because of the suffering of the ... Read More »

Dominican priest joins Christian refugee advocates in week-long prayer vigil outside Brisbane immigration office

Fr Pan Jordan

IN the lead-up to Refugee Week, Christians have held daily vigils outside the Brisbane offices of the Department of Immigration calling for a fair onshore assessment process for asylum seekers. Thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia have been given until October 1 to submit their asylum claims, or risk deportation. “They are traumatised people, they didn’t keep a record ... Read More »

Bishop Ken Howell ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane Archdiocese

IN rain-drenched central Brisbane, and amongst “joyful family and friends”, Bishop Ken Howell has been ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane at a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral. Bishops, archbishops and vicars general, parishioners and friends from around Australia attended the episcopal ordination for the locally born priest who until recently ran the country’s largest Catholic parish ... Read More »

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