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Bishops say enough is enough of cruelty to asylum seekers

Refugees

By Peter Bugden  THE Australian Catholic bishops have a clear message for the Federal Government and for the broader community, on asylum-seeker policy – “Enough of this institutionalised cruelty”. That was the plea made in a May 8 statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference plenary meeting in Sydney. The bishops, making an “urgent plea for a respect for the ... Read More »

Mass to mark Archbishop’s priestly jubilee

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE archdiocese is celebrating Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s fortieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood with a Solemn Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on May 17. Archbishop Coleridge will be principal celebrant of the 10am Mass, and will be joined by the priests and people of the archdiocese. Anyone in the archdiocesan community is welcome to attend. The Archbishop was ordained ... Read More »

‘That is not the kind of Australia that people of good will would be hoping for’

Begging hands

 By Peter Bugden  ST Vincent de Paul Society leaders believe many of the recommendations of the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit would lead to greater inequality in Australia. The recently released Commission of Audit report recommends spending cuts to a range of government services and payments. Family payments, child care, health care, education, unemployment and pension payments, aged care and ... Read More »

Inspirational friend laid to rest

Barry O'Keefe

CHURCH, government and legal community leaders were among those paying tribute to Truth, Justice and Healing Council chair Barry O’Keefe at his funeral in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on May 2. Mr O’Keefe, a former Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, a former chief judge of the commercial division of the NSW Supreme Court, chairman of Interpol’s International ... Read More »

Relationships on the agenda at parents’ and friends’ conference

P&F

PARENTS from Catholic schools around Queensland focused on “Relationships, Relationships, Relationships” at a recent conference in Cairns. This was the theme for the 2014 Biennial Queensland Catholic Schools Parents Conference held at St Monica’s College from April 25-27. Queensland Parents and Friends Federation executive director Carmel Nash said about 155 people attended the conference, which discussed various aspects of relationships ... Read More »

Mary’s life always devoted to others

By Peter Bugden “MARY was God’s finger that was a very visible, tangible presence of God, because of her faith,” Jose Zepeda said in a eulogy at the Brisbane funeral Mass of his friend and colleague Mary Gavin. “Mary was God’s finger that touched people with love, care and respect, and restored their dignity. “If someone was in need she ... Read More »

Locals share pilgrim joy

By Peter Bugden “SIMPLY amazing” is how young Brisbane Catholic Jo Hayes described being at St Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday for the canonisations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. “I feel so blessed and so grateful that I was able to be in Vatican City … just on the edge of St Peter’s Square for the ... Read More »

Sri Lankan priest calls for Australian support

Pope Francis has indicated he plans to visit Sri Lanka as the country struggles to find peace after a decades-long civil war. Tamil activist priest Fr SJ Emmanuel recently visited Brisbane to talk about the challenges the country faces. PAUL DOBBYN reports. “WE would expect the Australian people and their leaders to take a more decisive role in promoting democracy ... Read More »

Br Venard offers his last book

Br John Venard at the recent launch of his book Finally, The Battler’s God with Marist Ashgrove Year 5 teacher Scott Murphy.

MARIST Brother John Venard, a regular columnist for The Catholic Leader, has launched a new book – Finally, The Battler’s God. Br Venard, at the recent launch at Marist College Ashgrove, where he lives in retirement, said the word “finally” was in the title because this seventh book would be his last. As with his previous books, this one is ... Read More »

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