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Archbishop Coleridge reflects on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Christian faiths across the globe remembered the 500th anniversary since German Catholic priest Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517, marking the beginning of what would become the Protestant Reformation.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on the conflict and graces that have come out of this important movement.   RECENTLY I saw an item on a website which bore ... Read More »

We’re called to a radical love which goes beyond differences

By Sr Melissa Dwyer I RECENTLY attended the Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane and in the weeks that have followed I’ve struggled to get one particular song out of my head. I don’t know the words of the verses, or even the entire chorus, but the one phrase that is still ringing in my ears is, “Your love is louder”. ... Read More »

Five-second choices that can change our world

I AM led to believe that Edmund Hillary was within a couple of hundred metres of the summit of Mt Everest when he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were confronted by a vertical rock wall. Now known as the Hillary Step, the 12-metre wall could have been the last straw. Exhausted, gasping for oxygen, Hillary and Tenzing would later claim that ... Read More »

Robert Haddad is sharing the fullness of truth

By Selina Venier APOLOGETICS has nothing to do with apologising. That’s what Sydney’s Robert Haddad hoped to convey to young people at this year’s Ignite Conference. “Young people might mistakenly think apologetics is somehow about apologising but at its fundamental level, it’s about giving answers to the ‘why’ questions,” Mr Haddad said after presenting an Ignite keynote address. “We teach ... Read More »

Nanango’s little bush cathedral turns 100 with style

  By Michael Crutcher NANANGO’S “little cathedral in the bush” has celebrated its centenary, relishing the good weather that deserted the town on the same day in 1917. Under clear skies, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blessed a centenary plaque which was mounted on the right-hand side of Our Lady Help of Christian’s main entrance. On the left-hand side stands the ... Read More »

Just who is listening to 14-year-old girls?

By Selina Venier IT’S reasonable to pick up Madonna King’s latest work, Being 14, and be alarmed at the reality of what this demographic is thinking, feeling and indeed, doing. With one daughter who’s traversed the threshold of 14 and another within its depths, the title and its themes were a must-read. Of course Madonna’s skillful knack of diving headfirst ... Read More »

Jan Heath’s extraordinary journey of renewed faith

By Sylvia Stuen-Parker IT took the insight of three strangers to spark Jan Heath’s journey of renewed Catholic faith. Despite her Catholic upbringing and Mercy Sisters’ education, Jan’s commitment to the Church soon faded due to her priorities as an 18-year-old. “There was travel, there was my job, there were boyfriends. Lots of things took away my focus from attending ... Read More »

Praying the peace prayer of St Francis

By Sr Hilda Scott THE Peace Prayer of St Francis is well known to us. It has been set to music and most parishes sing it in one form or another; “Lord make me an instrument of your peace etc”. It is attributed to St Francis of Assisi and even if he didn’t actually write it, the sentiments in the ... Read More »

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