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Detention centre ‘hell’ kept young married couple apart over Christmas

Milad Jafari

A YOUNG Brisbane woman has one hope for 2016 – that she will “come back from this hell” in immigration detention and be reunited with her husband. Mojgan Shamsalipoor is in detention in Darwin facing possible deportation back to Iran. In the meantime, her husband Milad Jafari is back in Brisbane working tirelessly for her release. Catholic refugee advocate Brendan ... Read More »

Will homelessness be a federal election issue in 2016?

THE St Vincent de Paul Society wants homelessness and affordable housing to be a key issue of this year’s federal election. The society’s national chief executive officer Dr John Falzon called for that as he welcomed the Federal Government’s recent announcement that it would establish a working group to improve and increase Australia’s stock of social and affordable housing. “It ... Read More »

Living mercy each day

Anita Covington

ANITA Covington is a Queenslander through and through, a little bit Irish and Mercy to her bootstraps, and she’ll be celebrating all three this Christmas. Born in the North Queensland sugar-cane town of Ingham, her father was Irish and earlier this year she won the Mercy Week Mission Award at Mater Hospital Brisbane. Anita is not one for speaking out ... Read More »

Young Brisbane couple make Parisian connection

Erin Kennedy and Devett O'Brien

YOUNG Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy took a year off teaching and headed for Paris looking for a new direction in life and found much more than she could have expected. Out of the blue came love. Having worked hard for eight years to establish her career as a teacher, Erin felt it was time to take stock. She loved teaching ... Read More »

ACU offers hand of support in Iraq in time for Year of Mercy

Archbishop Bashar Warda

AUSTRALIANS played a significant role in the establishment of Iraq’s first Catholic university which was opened on Tuesday (December 8), the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, who sought support from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Australian Catholic University for the institution, opened the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) which has about ... Read More »

What Pope Francis told Queensland Catholic educators

QCEC leaders

QUEENSLAND Catholic education leaders have returned from Rome with a personal call from Pope Francis etched in their minds and hearts. The Pope inspired the educators at a world congress on Catholic education, Educating Today and Tomorrow – A renewing passion, held in Rome from November 18-21. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was among about 1000 delegates ... Read More »

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 »

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