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Timor Leste veteran returns to confront his past

Timor Leste troops

VETERAN Nick Hodge admitted feeling trepidation as he prepared to return to Timor Leste. “(It’s) going back to places that weren’t that nice. I’ve been up and down, gone off the rails, but it’s something I want to do,” he said. Mr Hodge, a veteran of multiple deployments with both the army and the Australian Federal Police, is one of ... Read More »

PNG WYD pilgrims travel from “remote communities” to thank generous donor

PNG Pilgrims

A GROUP of 20 Poland-bound pilgrims from Papua New Guinea used a two-day stopover in Brisbane to say thank-you for supporting their journey to World Youth Day. For most of the pilgrims it is the first time travelling outside their remote communities.  Last month The Catholic Leader featured a story about the PNG pilgrims – the remoteness, poverty and hardship ... Read More »

Security paramount for WYD pilgrims say Church leaders

WYP Pilgrims

CHURCH leaders are praying for peace as millions of pilgrims make their way to World Youth Day in Poland, while security experts are examining ways to allay heightened security fears surrounding the global event. “At this time of instability in Europe, we pray for those who have been affected by the recent events and in the words of Pope Francis, ... Read More »

Election 2016: Archbishop Coleridge calls on political leaders to build calm after close tussle

archbishop mark coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has warned that Australia faces a new political landscape where tactics replace policy, and the major parties – both Liberal and Labor – struggle to survive against the rise of micro powers. Archbishop Coleridge has delivered his stark assessment as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition begins the difficult task of governing with a slender majority. With ... Read More »

NAIDOC Week family fun day brings culture together

NAIDOC Week

THOUSANDS across south-east Queensland turned out to take part in the NAIDOC Week family fun day at Brisbane’s Musgrave Park on July 8. “It’s bringing all the culture into one spot and showing our achievements,” David Miller, a team member with the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s Murri Ministry, said. Featuring song, traditional dance, and art and crafts, the event is one of ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest Iraqi refugee intake have started school after years of terror

student refugees

WELCOME. A powerful, single word translated into Arabic and accompanied by smiles, is uniting Brisbane’s Catholics and newly-arrived humanitarian refugees from the strife-torn Middle East. Forty Christian families are now settling in at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s north and in Logan, with enthusiastic support of parishioners and local Catholic schools. Their safe arrival in Brisbane is a story of courage, ... Read More »

Former pilot honoured by Church and French people says ‘Thanks, Lord’

Ron Hickey

ABOVE dark clouds, Ron Hickey piloted his heavy bomber home from battle. In a split second, another warplane whizzed across the nose of his cockpit, missing by centimetres. “Now I’m moving at about 280 miles per hour (450km/h) and he’s cutting across at the same speed, and my wingtip very nearly took his tail off,” Mr Hickey said. “And then ... Read More »

Bulimba parish and Good Samaritans unite to help Kiribati

Kiribati

A JUSTICE project within Sts Peter and Paul Parish, Bulimba, aims to support the work of the Good Samaritan Sisters in Kiribati, one of the Pacific’s remote and struggling island nations. Justice in Motion for Kiribati kids is a fundraising project aimed at supporting the Good Sams expand an early childhood education centre for 60 preschool children in the village ... Read More »

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