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Hoping and praying

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Catholics Edmund and May Jabbour, heartened that their archdiocese is preparing to welcome hundreds of Syrian refugees, are hoping and praying members of their family may be among them. The Jabbours are among the many Syrians in St Clement’s Melkite Catholic Parish, South Brisbane, anxiously waiting for relatives to gain safe passage out of their troubled homelands. ... Read More »

Child protection is everyone’s business

Prayer for protection

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge’s key Child Protection Week message was to take time to listen carefully. Preaching the homily at a Child Protection Week ecumenical service at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on September 9, Archbishop Coleridge drew on the week’s national theme: “Be someone who listens to children”. He said the theme went to the heart of the issue. “Sounds simple, ... Read More »

Centacare says it’s time for action on domestic violence

No to domestic violence

“OVER-stretched resources and programs responding to domestic violence in Queensland need to be strengthened,” Centacare Brisbane’s Family and Relationship Services director Christine Hodge at the end of a week of tragedy said. The deaths of two women and a child in the state within a week as a result of domestic and family violence sparked a call for action within ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

Relief for innocents

By Peter Bugden COLIN Apelt remembers the days when your religion could decide what you ate for breakfast. “Catholics didn’t buy (a certain brand of breakfast cereal) because it was manufactured by (another denomination),” he said, recalling the early 1960s when he and his friends were about to try something quite different, quite ahead of their time. To put it ... Read More »

Everything’s connected

By Peter Bugden POPE Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is “the best thing since sliced bread”, says Brisbane theologian Fr John Chalmers who is spreading its message far and wide. Fr Chalmers, who is Centacare Brisbane’s mission and formation director, will give a three-part talk on the encyclical at Grovely parish in Brisbane on September ... Read More »

Church welcomes PM’s decision on Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees on boat

By Peter Bugden CHURCH leaders and agencies have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to permanently resettle 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the one-off humanitarian intake on September 9 in response to the refugee crisis engulfing the Middle East and Europe. Mr Abbott said this would be in addition to the previously existing humanitarian program ... Read More »

Turn back to justice

Refugees on a boat

AUSTRALIA cannot insulate itself from the worldwide movement of refugees, says Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chairman Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen. Bishop Long (pictured) made the comment in his message introducing the Australian Catholic bishops’ annual Social Justice Statement and as Europe faces what the United Nations says is its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. He ... Read More »

Australian Melkite bishop makes plea on behalf of people of Syria

Syrian refugees

By Peter Bugden A LEADER of Melkite Catholics in Australia has urged the Church to pressure Western governments to help solve the crisis in Syria and Iraq at its source. Bishop Robert Rabbat, leader of the Melkite eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, said Islamic State militants were “getting money and weapons from somewhere” and governments of the West should ... Read More »

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