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Carmel Cole celebrated for 50 years of church organ playing

Carmel Cole

CARMEL Cole never expected any reward for 50 years of service playing the church organ. However, the 77-year-old organist was honoured at a Mass and community celebration at The Fort with Brisbane’s Passionist Community last Sunday. And to top it off she received the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, known in English as the Cross of Honour, from Pope Francis. ... Read More »

Fear and Anxiety in Australia explored by ACU panellists

ACU dinner

IS Australia in a time of fear? If so, what are we afraid of and what does this mean for our future? These were the questions posed to four eminent panellists at the Australian Catholic University’s fifth annual stakeholder dinner in Brisbane on March 21. The panellists were Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, ACU vice-chancellor and president Professor Greg Craven, Catholic ... Read More »

Catholic schools and parishioners seek cover as Cyclone Debbie belts north Queensland

Cyclone Debbie

  UPDATE: 12:00pm Hope alive despite Cyclone Debbie’s destruction NORTH Queensland priest Fr Jose Koyickal drove through the debris strewn streets of Proserpine to visit parishioners this morning. Despite the flooding and the property damage, Fr Koyichal said people in Proserpine remain “hopeful” in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, now a downgraded to a tropical low. “We can rebuild our lives, ... Read More »

Columban missionary backs bishops against nuclear industry after harrowing visit to Fukushima clean-up

Fukushima evacuee

A COLUMBAN missionary has witnessed a massive contamination clean-up in the Japanese region surrounding Fukushima, where a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown. Fr Paul McCartin, recently visited the Fukushima region, six years after the nuclear disaster, and ahead of a government evacuation order being lifted at the end of this month, which will allow people ... Read More »

Bundaberg farmers thank God for first drops of rain in three months

Carol Wallace at her farm

IN drought-stricken Childers, the Catholic faithful have been praying for rain – and it’s working. Each Monday afternoon for the past five weeks, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Father Sunny Mathew has joined his parishioners in prayer in the town’s Sacred Heart Church. On March 14, substantial rain fell for the first time in three months – drenching farms and cattle ... Read More »

Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

Fr Paul Kelly

A GOLD Coast priest has a sense of “gratitude, relief and exhaustion” after a five-year long campaign that led to the scrapping of a Queensland law that allowed “gay panic” as a partial defence for murder. Surfers Paradise associate pastor Fr Paul Kelly “never doubted” he was fighting for a just cause – the Christian principle of absolute respect for human ... Read More »