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Brisbane Catholics among hundreds of thousands raising voices on climate change

Climate march

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics not to abandon the debate on climate change to the politicians, economists, scientists and ideologues. He offered the encouragement to a group of Catholics before he prayed and blessed them as they prepared to join about 10,000 people on the People’s Climate March in Brisbane last weekend. They were uniting with hundreds of thousands ... Read More »

Melkite leader tells Brisbane Lebanese and Syrian Catholics to “never give up hope” despite war

Melkite Eparch

“NEVER give up hope” is a key message Australia’s Melkite leader wants Brisbane’s Lebanese and Syrian Catholics to hold on to as the people of the Middle East continue to face terror and war.  Melkite Eparch of Australia and New Zealand Bishop Robert Rabbat visited St Clement’s Melkite Catholic parish in South Brisbane last weekend for its 90th anniversary and ... Read More »

Vietnamese martyrs’ faith lives on in Brisbane community

Vietnamese martyrs Mass

THE faith of martyrs shone through a crowd of up to 1400 Vietnamese Catholics at Inala in Brisbane last weekend. Ken Huynh, a volunteer with Brisbane’s Vietnamese Catholic Community, said 1200 chairs were set out for the annual Vietnamese Martyrs Mass on Saturday evening, but they weren’t enough. “They filled up quickly, and people were standing up; there were probably ... Read More »

Church agency says poverty will strike more children if Family Tax Benefit changes

Family Tax Benefit changes will cause problems

MANY more children will live in poverty if Federal Parliament approves proposed changes to Family Tax Benefits, Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations chairman Brian Lawrence says. Mr Lawrence, who was recently presented as a Papal knight for his work in reforming Australia’s minimum wage,  gave the warning on November 19 when he appeared before a Senate Community Affairs Legislation ... Read More »

Why Greg Shakovskoy left Perth to seek God in Brisbane

Greg Shakovskoy

IF the Shakovskoys were around in Jesus’ time they may have had half the seats at the Last Supper. When Jesus was gathering his disciples with the call “Come, follow me”, he had Peter and Andrew from one family and James and John from another taking up the invitation, but the Shakovskoy family has responded in double the numbers. Thirty-eight ... Read More »

Lebanese, Syrians celebrate 90 years in Brisbane

Early parishioners at St Clement's Melkite

BRISBANE’S Lebanese and Syrian Catholics will celebrate the 90th anniversary of St Clement’s Melkite parish next weekend (November 28 and 29). Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will join Melkite Eparch of Australia and New Zealand Bishop Robert Rabbat and Bishop of the Chaldean Diocese of St Thomas the Apostle of Australia and New Zealand at the anniversary Mass in St Clement’s, ... Read More »

Vietnamese to honour martyred ancestors

Vietnamese flag bearers

VIETNAMESE Catholics from throughout Brisbane archdiocese will be out in force on Saturday, November 21 to do what would have had hundreds of thousands of their ancestors tortured and killed. As they gather to profess their faith and celebrate Mass they will know their forebears were martyred for doing the same. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will be principal celebrant at ... Read More »

Minister holds the key

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden MILAD Jafari and Mojgan Shamsalipoor are having their first wedding anniversary this week, but they won’t be celebrating unless they hear good news from Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. The 21-year-olds were as happy as any young couple could be when they were married in Brisbane on October 13 last year. That all changed when an Immigration ... Read More »

PNG in crisis

By Peter Bugden CHURCH agencies and religious orders are hurrying to the aid of Australia’s nearest neighbours in Papua New Guinea, suffering hunger and disease through its worst drought in almost 20 years. ABC Radio reported that hundreds of people died when PNG faced a similar drought in 1997, and some have died since the disaster began to bite in ... Read More »

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