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Catholics preparing for G20

By Peter Bugden  BRISBANE’S Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has drawn on the inspiration of St John XXIII and St John Paul II in helping members of the archdiocese prepare for the G20 meeting being held in the city in November. The CJPC is encouraging all Catholics to become involved in promoting the common good in the lead-up to the ... Read More »

Heather taking heart in the signs of God’s grace

By Peter Bugden A BRITISH TV comedy series once had an episode in which one of the main characters swallowed “The Little Book of Calm” and was taken over by a calmness obvious to all, no matter what the circumstance. The calm character worked in a book store, just as Brisbane Catholic Heather Joseph, calm by nature, does. Hers is ... Read More »

Bishop condemns the Manus solution as lacking moral worth

prisoner's hands through fence

By Peter Bugden THE scarred face of a man he met in the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre, in Western Australia, is one Bishop Christopher Saunders will never forget. The image of that man came back to Bishop Saunders on the day (May 8) the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement calling for the end of the “institutionalised cruelty” of ... Read More »

Planning for health care


CATHOLIC Health Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have released a document to help ensure people think about their health care needs and discuss them with others. The Advance Care Planguide, which is accompanied by documents for health care professionals and for people receiving care, gives people who are in good health and of sound mind the chance to ... Read More »

Casting the net for Caritas

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ST Benedict’s Catholic Primary School assistant principal for religious education Brett Kitchener was pleased with the school’s effort in raising more than $5000 for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion this year, but he was even more impressed with the way it was done. “I was so proud of the initiative, leadership and learning I witnessed on so many occasions throughout the ... Read More »

Strong opposition to proposed changes in Racial Discrimination Act

peter arndt

BRISBANE archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Federal Government to withdraw its proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act. The commission has joined with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ethnic community organisations who have expressed concerns about amendments proposed by Attorney-General Senator George Brandis. Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan, who was full-time chaplain to ... Read More »

Bishops say enough is enough of cruelty to asylum seekers


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 »

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